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John Murphy
John Murphy

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Evergreen Park, Ill.

High School:
Chicago St. Rita

Weight:
174

Birthdate:
02/20/1986


2007-08 (Junior): Started at 174 ... Finished the season 24-19 ... Took sixth place at the EMU Open, winning four of six matches ... Finished fifth at the MSU Open, winning four matches and defeating North Carolina's Kevin Owen in the fifth-place match ... Beat Owen again at the ACC-Big Ten Clash six days after the MSU Open ... Also won an 8-5 decision against No. 14 Randy Goodman of N.C. State at the ACC-Big Ten Clash ... Won three matches at the PSU Open ... Picked up four wins at the Midlands Championships, including a 6-2 decision over No. 17 Alex Dolly of Northern Iowa ... Pinned Ryan Knapp in MSU's 39-0 victory over Ohio ... Beat No. 18 Oklahoma's Jeff James, picking up one of the team's two wins ... Ranked No. 19 in the country by InterMat after his win against James ... Won two matches at the Big Ten Championships with decisions over Wisconsin's Dan Clum and Ohio State's Alex Picazo.

2006-07 (Sophomore): Starter in the 174 weight class...Posted a 16-19 NCAA record...Posted one fall and three technical decisions...Won first match of season with a 16-1 major decision against Olivet's Joe McAllister at the Eastern Michigan Open...Also picked up another victory at EMU's tournament, defeating Brockport's Eric VanPatten, 8-3...Tallied five wins in the Michigan State Open, earning a fourth-place finish in the 174 weight class...Posted three wins in Penn State's Open, defeating Rutger's McPaul Ogbonna 4-0, Drexel's Scott Hunter 9-6 and Army's Brent Smith 6-5...En route to a third-place finish, pinned Jamestown Community College's Dave Hanson in 1:09 at the Cleveland State Open, and earned major decision wins against Kent State's Greg Heinz and Chris Estep...Competed in 11 duals, earned over Michigan, Ohio State, and Indiana.

2005-06 (RS Freshman): Went 14-10 wrestling at 184 pounds...Placed fourth at the EMU Open, winning six matches on the day...Place seventh at the MSU Open, and eighth in his first appearance at the Midlands Championships...Won his first-career dual meet at Pittsburgh against Kyle Deliere, 5-3...Also competed in dual meets against Purdue and Northwestern...Won the team's Commitment Award.

2004-05 (Redshirt): Redshirted...Went 9-8 in open competition...Won the first two matches of his career, defeating Andy Zalaiskalns of Findlay, 5-4, and Central Michigan's Christian Sinnott by sudden victory, 3-2...Took fifth at the EMU Open, recording three victories...Went 2-2, good for fourth at the Kent State Open...Captured his lone fall of the season against Jamestown's Dustin Bloom at 1:21.

PREP: Three-time state placer, taking sixth twice and second his senior year...Helped lead St. Rita to team state championships both his junior and senior years...Was Reno World Champion in 2002...Took double All-American honors at Fargo Freestyle Greco Nationals in 2002.

PERSONAL: Son of Mark and Nancy Murphy...Born 2/20/86...An electrical engineering major...Lists the Baltimore Ravens' Ray Lewis as his hero.

MURPHY'S CAREER RECORD
Season	Overall	Duals	Big Ten	Pins
2004-05*	9-8	0-0	0-0	1
2005-06	14-10	1-2	0-2	2
2006-07	16-19	3-8	3-2	1
2007-08 24-19 7-9 2-6 1 Totals 54-48 11-19 5-10 4

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