Darren McKnight
Darren McKnight

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Hixson, Tenn.

High School:
Red Bank

Weight:
149

Birthdate:
04/28/1983


2005 NCAA Championships: Went 1-2...Won his opening round match by sudden victory, 10-8, against Ron Doppelheuer of Edinboro...Dropped his next two matches, first to All-American Eric Tannenbaum of Michigan, 8-0, then to Josh Medina of Lock Haven, 7-6.

2005 Big Ten Championships: Captured a career-best fourth place finish...Defeated Quincy Osborn in the quarterfinals, 5-3...Scored a major-decision victory over Indiana's Isaac Knable to reach the consolation finals...Had an overall record of 2-2.

2004-05: Finished the season ranked No. 14 in the nation at 149 pounds...Set a career high, and was second on the team in wins with 31...An NWCA Academic All-American...Won the tournament championship at the 2004 North Carolina Open...Took fourth at 2004 Eastern Michigan Open and second at the 2004 MSU Open...Captured eighth place at the 2004 Midlands Championships...Recorded his lone technical fall of the season against Kent State's Andrew Delamarte (1/21)...Was second on the team in major decisions with seven...Defeated five wrestlers in the top 20...Led the team in takedowns...A team captain.

2003-04: Finished the season with a 25-11 record...Captured fifth at the Big Ten Tournament, earning his first bid to the NCAA Championships...Pinned Air Force's Christopher Nissen in his second match of the NCAA Tournament...Took fourth place at the MSU Open, finishing with a 6-2 record (11/1)...Went a perfect 5-0 at the North Carolina (12/6)...Lost only one dual match all season.

2002-03: Wrestled at 141 pounds, going 11-10 overall...Placed seventh at the MSU Open...Started the season at 141 in dual meets against Hofstra and Central Michigan and returned to face Minnesota in the National Duals.

2001-02: Redshirted...Posted a 16-8 record in open tournaments...Had three pins...Went 1-1 in Big Ten competition...Placed first at the Muskegon Open...Took fourth at the EMU Open (11/3) and seventh at the MSU Open (11/18).

Prep: Four-year letterwinner...Captain of the wrestling team from 1999-2001...Four-time all-state and all-regional selection...2001 Freestyle Wrestler of the Year in Tennessee...Three-time state champion...Four-time state place winner...Posted a 168-10 record in high school...Two-time member of the Tennessee Junior National team and NHSCA All-American...NHSCA National Open Champion...Third in Ohio Tournament of Champions...Led team to a top-five finish in the state finals every year...National Honor Society.

Personal: Born 4/28/83...An accounting major...Son of Gene and Rebecca McKnight.