Matt Lackey
Matt Lackey


Moline, Ill.

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2001-2002: All-American and Big Ten Champion ... Placed second at the NCAAs after losing to top-seeded Joe Heskett of Iowa State, 4-2 ... Won the 165 pound Big Ten title by defeating second-seeded Johnny Clark of Ohio State, 6-5 .... Has now qualified for two NCAA tournaments and been awarded two All-Americas ... 38 wins were a team and career high as well as the third-highest single-season win total in Illini history ... Tied for 19th in Illini history with 82 career wins ... Six pins this season doubles his career total to 12 and were the most out of Illini starters ... Went undefeated against Big Ten competition ... Ranked No. 3 in preseason at 165 pounds ... Came in first place at the Missouri Open ... Placed first at the Northern Iowa Open ... Finished second at Midlands, losing to top-ranked Joe Heskett of Iowa State ... Defeated No. 2 Tyrone Lewis of Oklahoma State 3-1 in OT at the 2002 NWCA All-Star dual meet ... Team MVP, Larry Tenpas most falls award and team captain ... Earned third Varsity ?I? award.

2000-2001: Named the team?s Most Improved Wrestler for the 2001 squad ? Competed as a full-time starter at 165 and compiled a record of 31-9 with three falls ? Finished third at NCAAs by going 5-1 including victories over two higher-ranked opponents ? Earned first career All-American honor ? Qualified for his first NCAA Championships after finished second at the Big Tens ? Won 16 of his last 19 matches of the season ? Tied for 3rd on the team with 31 wins ? 31 wins in 2000-01 season was good for 19th all-time in Illini history for single-season victories ? Closing in on Top 25 for career wins in Illini history with 44 ? Six career pins move him closer to Top 10 in Illini history.

1999-2000: Competed in a backup role at 165 pounds and compiled a 13-3 record with three falls ? Was 4-0 in dual competition ? Won the 165-pound title at Northern Iowa Open and placed eighth at the Midlands ? Won the 167.5 pound title at the 2000 FILA Freestyle National Championships and World Team Trials and competed at the World Championships in Nantes, France, posting a 1-1 record in pool competition.

1998-99: Redshirt season ? Compiled a 12-2 record wrestling unattached at 165 pounds ? Won the freshman/sophomore division at the St. Louis Open with a 5-0 record, placed third at the UNI Open (4-1) and second at the Miami Open (3-1).

HIGH SCHOOL: 1998 Junior National Champion at 154 pounds ? 1998 Asics Third-Team All-American ? Two-time state champion and placed third at state in 1995 ? Four-year letterwinner ? Three-time all-state selection and four-time all-conference pick ? Captain of the 1996 Moline state championship team ? Named the Moline Jaycee?s Male Athlete of the Year for 1997-98 ? Won the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award by the State of Illinois and National Wrestling Hall of Fame ? 1996 Cadet National Champion and Outstanding Wrestler of the meet ? Also earned Cadet All-America honors in 1995.

PERSONAL: Born Aug. 25, 1980 ? The only other Quad Cities wrestler to win the Junior National Freestyle title was UI head coach Mark Johnson in 1973 ? Director of his high school?s student congress ? DARE Role Model ? Four-year honor roll student ? Majoring in sports management and hopes to coach after finishing school ? Son of Paul and Nancy Lackey.

Year W L F Big Ten NCAA 1999-00 13 3 3 --- --- 2000-01 31 9 3 2nd 3rd 2001-02 38 2 6 1st 2nd Total 82 14 12