Two-time NCAA Finalist and All-American
2004-05: Was an NCAA Championship finalist at 125 pounds for the second consecutive year...Upset No. 2 Nick Simmons of Michigan State, 3-1 in overtime, in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships...Placed second at the Big Ten Tournament, losing to Simmons in the finals...Went 7-1 in Big Ten Dual competition...Went 3-1 at the Cliff Keen National Duals to help the Illini to a second-place finish...Went 3-0 at the Buckeye Duals ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2003-04: Made NCAA Finals in his first appearance at the NCAA Tournament ... Earned All-America honors with second-place finish at the nationals ... Took third at Big Ten Championships ... Was the No. 6-seed heading into NCAAs ... Finished the season with a 25-5 record ... Went 7-1 in Big Ten duals ...Was 8-3 against ranked opponents ... Biggest win over a ranked opponent came over No. 5 Mark Moos of Michigan at the Big Ten tournament ... Defeated Jermaine Jones of Ohio State in his first match at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas before injuring his ankle and injury defaulting out of the tournament ... Placed third at the Missouri Open, recording pins against Allen Stokes of Truman and Matt Pitts of UT-Chattanooga...Starter at 125 pounds.
2002-03: Team's full-time starter at 125 pounds until he reinjured his knee in a match against Michigan ... Had posted an 18-6 record and was ranked 10th in the nation prior to the injury ... Recorded a 2-6 mark vs. ranked opponents ... Upset North Carolina's Chris Rodrigues on two occasions ... Won the Missouri Open, beating teammate Twan Pham for the title ... Took fifth at the Midlands Tournament ... Placed seventh at the Las Vegas Invitational.
2001-02: Redshirt season ... Came in first in frosh/soph division at the Missouri Open ... Came in first place at the Roger Denker Open on January 12 ... Finished second at the Edinboro University Open on February 9 ... Took second at the Wilkes Open in Dec. ... Finished the season with a 15-2 overall record with six falls at 125 pounds ... Was the 54kg champion at the FILA Junior World Nationals in Chattanooga, Tenn., with a 13-2 tech fall over Austin DeVoe ... Placed first at the University National Championships in Evanston in May.
High School: Four-year letterwinner in wrestling ... Three-time Ohio high school state champion ... Two-time Cadet World Team member ... Cadet National All-American ... Junior national runner-up ... High school national champion.
Personal: Born Aug. 13, 1982 ... Son of Mark and Sherry Ott ... Was a national honors society member ... Received an honors diploma ... Mom most influenced athletic career because she motivated, guided, and drove to practices and tournaments ... Illini hero is John Lockhart ... Majoring in Kinesiology and pre-med.
OTT'S CAREER RECORD
Year W L F Big Ten NCAA 2002-03 18 6 2 --- --- 2003-04 25 5 3 3rd 2nd 2004-05 21 4 2 2nd 2nd Total 64 15 7