John Wise
John Wise


Pittsfield, Ill.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-5 / HWT


Two-time National Qualifier (2007-08)


Illinois @ Penn St.

Illinois comes from behind and beats Penn State.


Illinois vs. Northwestern - Jan. 19, 2007

Photos from No. 16 Illinois' 21-12 victory over No. 8 Northwestern.

2007-08: Was ranked in the top 20 of the NWCA/Intermat poll all season, ascending as high as No. 11 ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships after finishing fifth at the Big Ten Championships ... Went 3-2 at NCAAs ... His 31 wins were a career high ... Had four wins over higher-ranked opponents, defeating No. 5 Matt Fields (Iowa) in the seventh-place match at Midlands, pinning No. 8 Jon May (NEB) and downing No. 11 Mark Ellis (Missouri) at Midlands, and defeating No. 15 John Laboranti (PSU) in the teams' dual ... Placed fourth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational ... Finished second at both the Missouri Open and Loras Open.

2006-07: Qualified for the NCAA Championships after placing seventh at the Big Ten Championships ... Went 2-2 at the Midlands Championships ... Finished fifth at the UNI Open ... Placed second at the Dubuque Open.

2005-06: Placed second at Missouri Open ... Went 1-2 at UNI Open ... Went 2-2 at Midlands ... Had an 8-2 record in open tournaments.

2004-05 (Western Illinois): Defensive lineman for the Leathernecks' football team.

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time letterwinner each in football and wrestling ... Earned one letter for track and field ... Two-time Illinois state champion ... Placed second at the IHSA tournament his sophomore year ... Four-time regional champion ... Three-time sectional champion ... Holds school records in pins, wins and win percentage ... Compiled a career record of 148-6 ... Earned all-conference honors in football ... Named Most Valuable Defensive Player ... Named Male Athlete of the Year in 2003 and 2004.

PERSONAL: Born Sept. 13, 1985 ... Son of Joe and Toni Wise ... Majoring in sport management ... Transferred to Illinois after playing football for one year at Western Illinois ... Biggest thrill was winning a state championship in wrestling and playing in front of a sold-out crowd for Western Illinois' season-opener against Nebraska ... Named his father as the most influential person in his athletic career by not letting him quit.


Year	W	L	F	Big Ten	NCAA
2005-06	16	7	2	---	---
2006-07	16	14	3	7th	DNP
2007-08	31	16	4	5th	DNP
TOTAL	63	37	9