Close to 400 student-athletes, coaches, administrators and staff members attended the gala April 7 in Memorial Auditorium.
2013-14:Placed in the top five at the Michigan State Open with a 5-1 record... Earned a third place finish at the Navy Classic, going 4-1... Went 3-2 at the Reno Tournament of Champions, recording a fall at 1:50... Posted three falls at the Southern Scuffle, with a 4-2 record... Recorded a 2:25 fall over Shaun'Que McMurtry of Northern Illinois. Won against Tyler Rill of Buffalo with a fall at 1:33... Earned a fall at 1:43 against Devin Geoghegan from Old Dominion, and a 1:39 fall against West Virginia's Ross Renzi... Held a 29-10 season record, going 12-4 in duel competition... Competed in the MAC Championship in Kent, Ohio, earning a 2-1 record, including a fall at 4:36, and his spot in the NCAA Tournament.
2012-13: Finished fourth on the team with 19 victories on the season... Kicked the season off going 2-1 at the Virginia Duals, pinning Anderson's Dennis Rhodes and a 5-4 decision over John Lampe (Chattanooga)...Finished fourth in the 165 bracket at the Navy Classic...Came away with a 10-4 decision victory over No. 20 Mike Ottinger (Central Michigan)...Earned a 4-0 victory over Eastern Michigan's Jake Dorulla...Pinned Northern Illinois' Dan Burk in 1:17 on Nov. 11...Started Ohio's comeback against Michigan State with a 9-0 major decision victory over Nick Proctor on Jan. 27...Recorded a win by fall in 1:57 over West Virginia's Ross Renzi on Feb. 10...Pinned Paul Duggan (Campbell) on Feb. 18... Pinned both of his opponents at the Tri-match with Cleveland State and Gardner Webb on Feb 24.
2011-12: Finished the year with a 20-16 record... Earned pins against Northern Colora, Central Michigan, Duke, Penn State, Chattanooga and Buffalo... Went 3-2 at the Virginia Tech Hokie Open with a 8-2 win over Ram's Joseph Bayer, a 16-0 win over VMI's Ted Gottwald and a 9-4 win over Chattanooga's Dan Waddell ... Picked up four wins at the Southern Scuffle including three pins ... Tallied a 5-1 dual meet victory over Northern Illinois' Sam Bennett on Jan. 13... Won three straight matches, defeating Wally Maziarz (Buffalo - Jan. 29), Dominic Prezzia (West Virginia - Feb. 10) and Immanuel Kerr-Brown (Duke - Feb. 18)... Placed fourth at the Mid-American Conference Championships. 2010-11:Competed at Virginia Tech, but would transfer at the end of the year.
Prior to Ohio: Was a three-time State Champion... Finished his high school career with 156 wins and 18 losses... Placed fifth in the Ironman ... Placed third at Appalachian State in 2011.
Personal: Son of Steven and Christine Hightower ... Has four siblings, Hunter, Keith, Haley and Hudson ... Hobbies include fishing and movies ... Majoring in Business.