2001-2002: Ranked No. 8 in preseason at 157 pounds ... Placed fifth at the Northern Iowa Open ... Currently has a record of 16-5 with one fall ... With his 16 wins this season, Powell now holds 12th place to himself with 92 career victories. Powell is two wins from tying last year’s 184-pound representative Nate Patrick with 96 career victories.
2000-2001: Third year starter at 157 pounds … Finished the season with a 25-12 record after qualifying for his third straight NCAA bid … Was seventh on the team with 25 wins … Career wins mark of 78 is good for 21st in Illini history for victories in a career … Came in third place at the UNI Open … Came in eighth place at the Midlands Invitational … Qualified for the NCAAs for third consecutive year with a third-place Big Ten finish.
1999-2000: Second year starter at 157 pounds ... Finished the season with a 26-12 record ... Placed sixth at the Big Ten championships and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year ... Went 4-2 at the national tournament ... Placed first at the St. Louis Open and third at the Las Vegas Invitational ... Won 14 of his first 15 matches of the season.
1998-99: Was the Illini’s regular starter at 157 pounds ... Compiled a 27-14 record with one pin including a 6-3 mark in Big Ten duals ... His 5-4 decision over Iowa’s Jaime Heidt clinched the Illini’s 20-16 dual win over Iowa, snapping a streak of 32 duals losses to the Hawkeyes dating back to Dec. 17, 1960 ... Placed seventh at the Big Ten Championships and advanced to the NCAA Championships ... Posted a 2-2 record at the NCAA Championships ... Earned his first Varsity “I” award.
1997-98: Redshirt season ... Competed unattached at 150 pounds at the St. Louis Open, Northern Open and Miami Open ... Ended season with a 12-3 record with one pin.
First-team All-American by Amateur Wrestling News ... Was the 1997 145 pound national champion ... Four-time New York state qualifier and New York State Champion in 1996 and 1997 ... Junior All-American in freestyle greco ... Finished career with a 185-13 record ... 1996 and 1997 New York State Wrestler of the Year and '97 Most Outstanding Wrestler of the state meet ... Lettered four years in wrestling and three in football.
Born 10/18/78 ... Son of Griff and Paula Powell ... Lists his dad as the person who most influenced his athletic career ... Sports management major ... Lists winning the national championship as his biggest thrill in sports ... Hopes to make the United States Olympic team in the future ... Was born in Elk Grove, Ill.