Photos from No. 16 Illinois' 21-12 victory over No. 8 Northwestern.
2007-08: Qualified for the NCAA Championships after finishing sixth at the Big Ten Championships ... Went 1-2 at NCAAs ... Won seven consecutive matches from Feb. 3-March 8, including wins over No. 12 Matt Coughlin (IND) and No. 12 Colt Sponseller (OSU) ... His three losses at Big Ten Championships were by a total of four points and two of them were in overtime ... Eight of his 12 losses were by a total of 15 points ... His 4-3 victory over No. 12 Matt Coughlin (IND) after two overtime periods on Feb. 10 was his first win over a ranked opponent since Feb. 18, 2007 ... Took Oklahoma State's No. 5 Jake Dieffenbach to the limit before dropping a 3-2 defeat at Virginia Duals ... Finished seventh at Midlands.
2006-07: Full-time starter at 165 ... Finished the season ranked No. 14 ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships after placing sixth at the Big Ten Championships ... Went 3-2 at NCAAs ... Helped the Illini slip past Ohio State, 19-18, when he was victorious over No. 10 Chris Vondruska in a 3-1 decision ... Defeated No. 11 Max Dean of Indiana to add to a 22-9 Illinois victory ... Upset No. 12 K. Mueller, 7-3, to help the Illini to a 32-3 victory over UNC ... Went 3-1 at the Midlands Championships ... Placed third at both the UNI and Missouri Open ... Finished second at the Dubuque Open.
2005-06: Went 3-0 in open tournaments ... Went 1-2 at Midlands ... Went 1-1 in duals ... Lost 1-0 to No. 14 Kelly Flaherty (Wisconsin).
2004-05: Redshirt season ... Went 7-3 in open tournaments ... Placed third at the Missouri Open.
HIGH SCHOOL: Twice placed third at the Illinois state tournament ... Holds Lake Forest High School career records for takedowns, wins, technical falls, least takedowns scored against and major decisions ... Three-time all-conference in football.
PERSONAL: Full given name is Roger Smith-Bergsrud ... Born Oct. 26, 1985 ... Son of Don and Sue ... Biggest thrill in sports was winning the last four matches of the Illinois state tournament his junior and senior years ... Favorite athlete is Barry Sanders because he was so quick and unpredictable ... Majoring in speech communication ... Made the honor roll his junior year of high school ... Voted "Most Athletic" of his senior class ... His father most influenced his athletic career by introducing him to wrestling and coaching him in high school.
SMITH-BERGSRUD's Career Record
Year W L F Big Tens NCAAs 2005-06 5 3 0 --- --- 2006-07 32 11 0 6th DNP 2007-08 20 12 1 6th DNP TOTAL 57 26 1 1