WRESTLER SPOTLIGHT: OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY’S MALIK HEINSELMAN

As found on Ohio State University’s website , below is Malik Heinselman’s bio. Learn about this wrestler’s career:

“Position: 125 lbs

Year: Junior

Hometown: Castle Rock, Colorado

CAREER HONORS

  • NCAA Qualifier (2019, 2020)
  • UWWW Junior Freestyle National Champion (2019)
  • NWCA Scholar All-America (2019, 2020)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2020)
  • OSU Scholar-Athlete (2019, 2020)

YEAR-BY-YEAR

2019-20 (Sophomore)

  • Put it together at the Big Ten Championships with back-to-back top-20 victories to secure his second qualification for the NCAA Championships in as many seasons
  • Finished 7th in the Big Ten Championships to punch NCAA ticket
  • Seeded No. 27 for the NCAA Championships
  • Recorded no less than three wins and reached the podium in all four tournaments entered
  • Late-season surge began by winning the Greyhound Open before a triumph during the season finale dual at Penn State
  • Placed at the Michigan State Open (6th) and Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (8th)
  • Built a 7-0 lead over No. 18 Jace Koelzer (Northern Colorado) at CKLV before Koelzer bowed out with an injury default
  • Overall record of 18-15 with two major decisions, a tech fall and two pins

2018-19 (Freshman)

  • Advanced to the NCAA Championships (No. 25 seed) after peeling redshirt midseason and placing ninth at the Big Ten Championships
  • Contributed to the team score with a 9-5 win over No. 24 Rico Montoya (Northern Colorado) at the NCAA Championships
  • Entered the lineup on Jan. 11 and defeated four-time NCAA Qualifier Elijah Oliver
  • Michigan State Open (F/S Division), Lindenwood Open and Edinboro Open Champion
  • Placed third in the Ohio Intercollegiate Open
  • Posted an overall record of 24-11 with three major decisions, two pins and a tech fall
  • Went 3-3 in a half dozen Big Ten dual starts
  • Wrestler of the Match Award winner for the Penn State dual
  • Won the UWW Junior Freestyle National Championship (57 kg) to earn a spot in the World Team Trials

PRIOR TO OHIO STATE

  • Three-time 5A Colorado state champion
  • Top-50 recruit nationally by both Intermat and FloWrestling
  • Compiled a career record of 168-9
  • Three-time Fargo freestyle champion
  • Fargo greco-roman champion
  • Two-time Cadet World Team member
  • Junior World Team member
  • 2017 Junior U.S. Open champion

PERSONAL

  • Son of Brian and Caroline Heinselman
  • Has two sisters, Dewi and Maya
  • Dave Schultz Excellence Regional Award winner
  • Finance (Business) major”

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WRESTLER SPOTLIGHT: PENN STATE UNIVERSITY’S DONOVON BALL

As found on Penn State’s website, below is Donovon Ball’s bio. Learn about this wrestler’s career:

CLASS:  Redshirt Freshman [184 lbs.]

HOMETOWN:  New Cumberland, Pa.

Parents: DONNA AND GREGORY BALL

Major: DIVISION OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

 2019-20 / REDSHIRT SEASON:

Season: Wrestled unattached in open tournaments during his redshirt season…Posted a 12-9 record as an unattached grappler.

Competed at Cedar Cliff High School…Was a two-time state place winner…Runner-up in 2019, fifth in 2018….Four-time sectional place winner and three-time district place winner…Posted a 123-38 record in four years as a starter…Team won two District 3 Championships (2018, 2019)…Four-year letterman, two-year team captain…Earned first-team PIAA All-Academic Award…Father played rugby at California University of Pennsylvania…Has one sister, Amelia.” 

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WRESTLER SPOTLIGHT: UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH’S MICK BURNETT

As found on University of Pittsburgh’s website, below is Mick Burnett’s bio. Learn about this wrestler’s career:

CLASS: Freshman

WEIGHT: 149

HOMETOWN: Elyria, OH

HIGH SCHOOL: Elyria

Ranked No. 49 on FloWrestling’s Big Board … Fifth place finisher at Super 32 as a senior … Placed first at the OHSAA State Tournament, sixth at the Ironman and was the Junior Freestyle runner-up as a junior … Preseason nationals champion … Placed sixth at the OHSAA State Tournament and sixth at Ironman and Cadet Freestyle as a freshman … National Honor Society Member and Student Section President … Father wrestled at Clarion.”

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WRESTLER SPOTLIGHT: UNIVERSITY OF IOWA’S ALEX MARINELLI

As found on the University of Iowa’s website, below is Alex Marinelli’s bio. Learn about this wrestler’s career:

“HEIGHT: 5-9

WEIGHT: 165 lbs.

CLASS: Sr.

HOMETOWN: Miamisburg, Ohio

2020-21

  • Big Ten Champion at 165 pounds, winning his third conference title
  • No. 1 seed at the NCAA Championships
  • Entered the national championships 5-0 with two dual wins and a 3-0 mark at the conference tournament
  • All seven wins against ranked opponents
  • Lost in the quarterfinals of NCAA Championships and medical forfeited from tournament
  • Academic All-Big Ten
  • NWCA Scholar Athlete
  • Letterwinner

2019-20

  • All-American
  • Big Ten Champion at 165 pounds
  • No. 1 seed at the 2020 NCAA Championships
  • 20-1 overall record
  • 11-1 in duals and 7-1 in Big Ten duals
  • tied for the team lead with eight falls
  • nine wins over ranked opponents, including five in the top six
  • won the 165-pound title at the Midlands Championships
  • recorded four pins at Midlands and was named the Midlands Champion of Champions for the second time in his career (2017)
  • won Midlands awards for most falls (4) and highest tournament point total (29)
  • reached as high as No. 2 in national rankings during regular season… reached No. 1 in coaches rankings following Big Ten Championships
  • Academic All-Big Ten
  • NWCA Scholar Athlete
  • Letterwinner

2018-19

  • All-American, placing seventh at 165 pounds at the 2019 NCAA Championships
  • Earned the top seed at the national tournament after winning the Big Ten Championships
  • Was named Co-Outstanding Wrestler at the Big Ten Championships
  • Entered the national tournament 23-0
  • Won his first two matches at the NCAA Championships to improve to a career-best 25-0
  • Led the team with nine falls, his fastest in 2:10
  • Scored a team-best 77 points in 15 dual meets, averaging 5.13 team points per dual, the most by a Hawkeye since Brent Metcalf averaged 5.35 in 2010
  • Completed an undefeated regular season for the second straight year, going 15-0 in duals and 9-0 in the Big Ten
  • Won the 165-pound title at the Midlands Championships
  • Had a team-high 27 wins
  • Was 12-2 against ranked opponents
  • Earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award
  • Was named Iowa’s Outstanding Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner
  • Academic All-Big Ten honoree
  • NWCA Academic All-American team
  • Letterwinner

2017-18

  • All-American, placing sixth at NCAA Championships
  • Placed sixth at Big Ten Championships
  • Posted a 19-6 record at 165 pounds, going 10-0 in dual competition and 8-0 in Big Ten duals
  • Scored 40 team points in dual competition
  • Led team in dual and Big Ten dual winning percentage (1.000) and Big Ten dual wins (8)
  • Recorded five pins and two major decisions
  • Won title at Midlands Championships, earned Champion of Champions honor
  • Won first 14 matches of the season
  • Named Big Ten Athlete of the Week twice (12/12, 2/13)
  • Amateur Wrestling News all-rookie team
  • Academic All-Big Ten
  • NWCA All-American team
  • Letterwinner

2016-17

  • Redshirted
  • Won two open tournament titles at Grand View and Missouri Valley College Opens
  • Placed fourth at Midlands Championships (5-2)
  • Posted a 13-2 overall record with losses to No. 1 and No. 12 ranked opponent
  • Ended season on a four-match win streak
  • Posted five pins and one major decision

High School

  • Four-time Ohio state champion (152, 160, and 170)
  • Led team to four state titles
  • Led team to national championship junior year
  • Undefeated junior and senior year
  • 200-4 career record

Personal

  • Born February 6, 1998
  • Married to Moriah (Stickley) Marinelli
  • Son of Tony and Lisa Marinelli
  • Health and human physiology major”

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WRESTLER SPOTLIGHT: RIDER UNIVERSITY’S JESSE DELLAVECCHIA

As found on Rider University’s website, below is Jesse Dellavecchia’s bio. Learn about this wrestler’s career.

2019-20:

– Became Rider’s first-ever MAC Champion at 157 lbs., defeating nationally-ranked wrestlers Larry Early (Old Dominion) and Jarrett Jacques (Missouri) to earn the title

– Clair Bee Rider Male Athlete of the Year

– NCAA Qualifier for the second-straight year

– Posted a 30-2 record, winning his first 13 matches and final 13 bouts of the year

– Finished first at the Keystone Classic

– Placed first at the Princeton Open

– Placed second at the Southern Scuffle

– His only two losses came to wrestlers ranked in the top five in the country – Hayden Hidlay (NC State) and Quincy Monday (Princeton)

– In addition to wins over Early and Jacques, scored seven wins over wrestlers ranked in the Top 30 in the nation, including a win over Monday at the Princeton Open

– Also defeated Top 30 wrestlers Markus Hartman (Army), Robert Kanniard (Rutgers), Matthew Zavistoski (Appalachian State) and Justin McCoy (two wins)(Virginia)

– Three-time Rider Athlete of the Month

2018-19:

– Nationally-ranked as highly as No. 13 nationally at 165

– Posted a 25-7 mark overall, including an 11-1 record in dual matches

– Won a pair of matches at NCAA’s, going 2-2

– Dellavecchia’s NCAA bid marked the 11th-straight year Rider had a national qualifier at 165. He joined Chad Walsh (2015-18), Ramon Santiago (2013-14), James Brundage (2012), Jim Resnick (2011), Rob Morrison (2010) and Jason Lapham (2009).

– Went 5-1 in EWL duals and finished second at EWL Championships

– His only losses against EWL competition came against Lock Haven’s Chance Marsteller, who was an All-American finishing third at NCAA’s

– Finished tied for second on the team with four wins by fall

– Selected EWL Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 14

– Finished fourth at the Southern Scuffle and sixth at the Keystone Classic

2017-18:

– Wrestled unattached, posting a 20-5 record

Before Rider:

Posted a 15-9 record as a freshman at Binghamton in 2015-16, including a 6-5 mark in dual competition… Notched four pins and one major decision… Did not wrestle in 2016-17… A two-time New York State Finalist, three-time All-State selection and four-time NHSCA All-American for East Islip High School.

Personal:

The son of Dawn and Dave Dellavecchia… A business major.”

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WRESTLER SPOTLIGHT: STANFORD UNIVERSITY’S SHANE GRIFFITH

As found on the Stanford University website, 2021 NCAA Champion Shane Griffith’s career summary (learn about this wrestler’s background below)!

Career Accolades

  • Pac-12 team champion (2019) – first in program history
  • Hodge Trophy finalist (2020) – just second in program history
  • Amateur Wrestling News National Rookie of the Year (2020)
  • Two-time NCAA Qualifier (2020, 2021)
  • Pac-12 Wrestler of the Year (2020)
  • Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year (2020)
  • Co-Most Outstanding Wrestler at Pac-12 Championships (2020)
  • Pac-12 champion at 165 pounds (2020)
  • NWCA First Team All-American (2020)
    • Along with teammate Real Woods, just the second/third freshman All-American in school history
  • Finalist for FloWrestling Freshman of the Year (2020)
  • The Open Mat DI All-Freshman First Team (2020)
  • Two-time Pac-12 Wrestler of the Week (Feb. 5, 2020, Feb. 19, 2020)
  • NWCA Scholar All-American (2020)
  • Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll (2020)

As a Redshirt Sophomore (2020-21)

  • NCAA Qualifier
  • 7-1 overall and 3-0 in duals wrestling at 165 and 174 pounds
    • Registered 34 consecutive wins dating back to 2019
      • Win streak is the second-longest in program history
    • Posted five major decisions
  • Runner-up at the Pac-12 Championships (Feb. 28) in Corvallis, Ore.

As a Redshirt Freshman (2019-20)

  • Hodge Trophy finalist – just second in program history
  • Amateur Wrestling News National Rookie of the Year
  • Pac-12 Wrestler of the Year
  • Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year
  • Co-Most Outstanding Wrestler at Pac-12 Championships
  • NWCA First Team All-American
    • Along with teammate Real Woods, just the second/third freshman All-American in school history
  • Finalist for FloWrestling Freshman of the Year
  • The Open Mat DI All-Freshman First Team
  • Two-time Pac-12 Wrestler of the Week (Feb. 5, Feb. 19)
  • NWCA Scholar All-American
  • Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll
  • 28-0 overall and 13-0 in duals at 165 pounds
    • Best start to a career in program history
    • Second-longest winning-streak in school history (28)
    • Seventh-most wins by a freshman in school history
    • One of just eight undefeated NCAA DI wrestlers in 2019-20
    • Registered 18 wins by bonus points
    • Led the team with nine pins
  • NCAA Qualifier
    • Awarded the No. 3 seed for the NCAA Championships
  • Pac-12 champion at 165 pounds
    • Just the seventh freshman to win a conference title in program history
  • Listed as No. 6 in the country on the NCAA’s Most Dominant Wrestler list (all weights)
  • Won the Battle at The Citadel (Nov. 3), Roadrunner Open (Nov. 24) and Southern Scuffle (Jan. 1-2)
  • Recorded six wins over ranked opponents

As a Freshman (2018-19) • Pac-12 Champions

  • Redshirted his first season on The Farm
  • 25-2 wrestling unattached at 165 pounds
  • Won the Princeton Open (Nov. 4), Roadrunner Open (Nov. 18) and National Collegiate Open (March 2)
  • Placed third at the Southern Scuffle (Jan. 1-2)
  • Finished fifth at the Reno Tournament of Champions (Dec. 20)

Freestyle

  • Won gold at 79 kg at the 2019 Junior Pan American Championships in Guatemala City
  • Runner-up at 74 kg at the 2019 Junior World Team Trials in Raleigh, N.C.
  • Placed second at 79 kg at the 2019 UWW Junior Nationals in Las Vegas

Prior to Stanford

  • A 2018 graduate of Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, N.J.
  • Four-year letter winner in wrestling, captaining his team for two seasons
  • Team was four-time state champions, ranking in the top 10 in the nation
  • Three-time state champion and runner-up the other year
  • Only underclassman to win Most Outstanding Wrestler at the state tournament
  • Super 32 champion
  • Fargo runner-up
  • DOC Buchanan champion

Personal

  • Son of Jeffrey and Alison Griffith
  • Has an older sister, Ashley
  • Full name is Shane Patrick Griffith”

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