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    John Lockhart
    John Lockhart
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Mahomet, Ill.

    High School:
    Mahomet-Seymour

    Weight:
    HWT

    Birthdate:
    01/29/1979

    ILLINOIS
    2001-2002: Ranked No. 1 in preseason at heavyweight ... Came in first at the Missouri Open ... Placed first at the Northern Iowa Open ... Finished fourth at Midlands after losing two overtime bouts to top-five opponents ... Participated in the 2002 NWCA All-Star dual against Tommy Rowlands of Ohio State ... Currently has a record of 25-3 with three falls ... With his two wins the weekend of February 8th, Lockhart now has 25 victories on the season, breaking a tie for fourth with former Illini great Eric Siebert (1994-98) with 112 career victories. Lockhart is now six wins away from tying current Illini assistant coach Steve Marianetti (1992-95) for third place all-time with 120 career wins.. ... After his pin against Missouri Valley, Lockhart surpassed Bill Zeman (1996-00) for 9th place in career pins. Lockhart now has 18 pins for his career, tied for eight all-time with Mike O?Brien (1984-88).

    2000-2001: Won heavyweight national championship at NCAAs after winning five bouts all decided in at least single overtime ? Earned second career All-American honor ? Finished season wil a 32-7 record with six falls ? Won 18 of his last 21 matches including a 2-1 decision over No. 2 Tommy Rowlands of Ohio State in the NCAA finals ? Currently 13th in Illini history for career wins with 89 victories and ranks 10th in career falls with 15 ? 32 wins in 200-01 season was good for 14th all-time in Illini history for single-season victories ? Finished second at the Big Ten championships.

    1999-2000: Earned All-America honors at heavyweight after a seventh-place finish and a 4-2 record at the NCAA tournament ... Finished the season with a 32-7 record with five falls which ranked fourth on the team ... Started the season with a 14-match win streak including tournament titles at the St. Louis Open and Las Vegas Invitational ... Placed third at the Big Ten championships ... Earned academic All-Big Ten honors ... Named a second team academic All-American by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) ... Currently ranks 24th on the Illini?s career wins list with 53 victories and needs two more falls to tie Carl Perry for 10th on the career pins list.

    1998-99: Compiled a 25-6 record wrestling behind two-time All-American Karl Roesler ... Stepped in for the injured Roesler and picked up three key dual wins over wrestlers from Wisconsin, Penn State and Iowa ... Placed sixth at both the UNI Open and the Midlands ... Earned first-place honors at the Miami Open ... Earned his first Varsity ?I? award ... Named Academic All-Big Ten ... Won the junior world trials, placed 10th in the world.

    1997-98: Redshirt season ... Placed fifth at 1998 Junior World Team Trials ... Competed unattached at the St. Louis Open, Northern Open and Miami Open and finished year with an 8-3 record ... Won the fresh/soph division title at the St. Louis Open ... Placed second at the Miami Open.

    HIGH SCHOOL
    Qualified for the state meet four years, winning the state title in 1997 and finishing as the runner-up in 1996 ... Had a career record of 148-22 with 74 pins ... Earned 11 total varsity letters in football (3), wrestling (4), baseball (3) and track (1) ... Named all-state in wrestling in 1996 and 1997 ... Reached the Junior National finals in 1997 ... Earned All-Cornbelt Conference honors in wrestling, football, baseball and track ... Illinois State Scholar ... National Honor Society.

    PERSONAL
    Born 1/29/79 ... Majoring in kinesiology ... Son of Ed and Barb Lockhart ... Lists reaching the ?97 Junior National finals as his biggest thrill in sports ... Plans on attending medical school ... Father and two brothers greatly influenced his athletic career.

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