2016-17 (Freshman) 29-10 Overall, 10-5 Duals, 19-5 Tournaments (12-1 Open, 7-4 Postseason): Earned MSU’s Outstanding Freshman Award ... became first Spartan freshman to qualify for the NCAA Championships since Sean McMurray in 2011 ... was the No. 15 seed for the NCAA Championships ... sensational freshman season came to an end at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, losing in a 4-2 decision to fifth-seeded Chad Walsh of Rider in the consolation round “blood round” ... finished fifth at the Big Ten Championships ... won 24 of last 33 matches ... won by shutout in 15 of his last 20 victories as part of 16 total shutouts, including winning on 1-0 rideouts in two-straight wins during the season ... ranked in top 20 throughout season by several different publications ... topped the teams in wins (29) and technical falls (6), as well as sharing the team-lead in dual wins (10), while ranking second in dual points (40) and third in falls (7) ... named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Dec. 20 for his performance in winning the 165-pound division of the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 18 ... became the first MSU wrestler to earn the league’s weekly plaudit since Michael McClure earned the accolade nearly six years to the day, on Dec. 18, 2012 ... capped off his steamroll to the finals with a 2-0 extra time upset of No. 12 Branson Ashworth of Wyoming, 2-0, which capped his shutout streak for the day, winning his four matches by an average of 13-0, including the first three all on technical falls ... in addition to winning the Reno Tournament of Champions, also won the Michigan State Open at 165, with two falls along the way ... had five-match win streak halted with 2-1 loss to Nebraska’s Dustin Williams on Dec. 3 ... finished second at the EMU Open, losing an 8-4 decision to Logan Massa of Michigan in the final ... got to the final with three falls on the day all under 1:45, finishing the day with a 4-1 mark.
PREP: Was a two-time state champion, a state runner-up as part of a four-time all-state selection at Lowell High School ... helped the Red Devils accumulate a record of 160-4 during his four-year career.
PERSONAL: Majoring in accounting ... son of Kathy and Robert Hughes.