2008-09: Redshirt season ... Went 7-3 with a fourth-place finish at the Missouri Open ... Went 6-2 at the Missouri Open and 1-1 at the UNI Open.
HIGH SCHOOL: 2008 IHSA Class AA champion at 140 pounds ... Defeated current Illini teammate Eric Terrazas in their state semifinal bout in 2008 ... Three-time IHSA Class AA state qualifier ... Selected to the All-Western Big 6 Conference football team in 2008.
PERSONAL: Born on Dec. 29, 1989 ... Parents are Robert and Robin Taylor ... Enrolled in the general curriculum ... Plans to become a pharmacist after graduation ... Lists Matt Lackey as his Fighting Illini hero growing up ... From the same hometown as Illinois head coach Mark Johnson.