| Colby Covington
As a junior, lettered, wrestled at 174 pounds ... 40-7 record with 15 pins ... 20-1 dual meet record ... Named the team's Most Outstanding Wrestler, Most Pins and Leadership Award winner ... Seeded eighth at the NCAA Championships, went 2-2, just one win away from All-America status; major decision over Jim Resnick, Rider, 10-1; decision over Luke Manuel, Purdue, 3-1 (OT) ... Top seeded at the Pac-10 Championships, went 3-0 for the title; technical fall over Alex Darkhovsky, UC Davis, 26-10; major decision over Jake Johnson, Stanford, 16-5; decision over No. 18 Nate Lee, Boise State, 3-2 ... Best of the West Champion ... Finished 3-2 at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational; decision over Eric Decker, Old Dominion, 4-1; fall over Dave Woodall, Drexel, 2:05; major decision over No. 16 Shane Riccio, Bucknell, 14-6 ... Unseeded, placed fourth at the Midlands Championships with 6-2 record; decision over Enock Francois, Cal Baptist, 3-2; decision over Evan Brown, Dubuque, 12-5; decision over No. 7 Luke Manuel, Purdue, 3-1 (OT); decision over Evan Lofthouse, Iowa-Unattached, 5-4; decision over No. 15 Shane Riccio, Bucknell, 9-8; decision over No. 11 Duke Burke, Iowa State, 2-1 ... Posted team's best winning streak of 17 from January 7 to March 18 ...
Ranked as high as seventh ... Chalked up six major decisions and two technical falls.
Lettered one year at Iowa as a redshirt sophomore under head coach Tom Brands at 165 pounds ... Went 9-2 ... Won the 165 pound title at Flash Flanagan and Grand View Opens ... Five of his nine wins were bonus point matches.
CENTRAL IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Lettered during his true freshman season under head coach Luke Moffitt at 165 pounds ... Won the Junior College National Championship ... Midwestern Conference champion ... Became the first undefeated wrestler with a 34-0 record ... Placed third at 2006 Midlands Championships. Redshirted his true sophomore season.
THURSTON HIGH SCHOOL
Lettered four years under head coach Mike Simmon at 112, 135, 152 and 171 pounds ...Set school record for most takedowns in a season (228) ... Finished prep career with 118-34 record with 58 pins ... As a senior, earned state title at 171 pounds, named First Team All-League ... Two-time conference champion, helping team to two conference titles ... Finished fifth at 2005 Greco-Roman Junior Nationals ... Third at 2006 NHSCA Senior Nationals ... Fourth at 2006 Freestyle Junior Natioanls ... Also lettered three years in lacrosse under head coach Ken Rogers ... Team captain as a senior ... Also played football.
Sociology major ... Born in Clovis, Calif. ... Parents are Brad and Noelle Covington; family includes one older sister, Candace, and one younger sister, Callie ... Father, Brad, wrestled at the Oregon Institute of Technology and Southern Oregon University ... Former prep teammate Brice Arand currently wrestles for Oregon State ... Chose Oregon State "to get good coaching and win a national title, while representing my home state."