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Ben Askren

Wrestling

Ben Askren

2007-08 Team USA Ranking: Unranked at 74 kg/163 lbs.
Years on Team USA: None
Residence: Columbia, Mo.
Club: Sunkist Kids
College: Missouri
High School: Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead)
Born: 1984 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Height: 5-11

Competition Results:
      2008: U.S. Nationals champion... Third in Kiev International...
      2007: New York AC Holiday International champion... Hargobind International (Canada) champion... Fourth in Sunkist Kids International Open... Fifth in U.S. World Team Trials... Sixth in U.S. Nationals...
      2005: Pan American Championships champion... Fifth in U.S. World Team Trials... Second in University World Team Trials... Northern Plains Regional champion... Second in University Nationals...
      2004: Sixth in U.S. Olympic Team Trials... Seventh in U.S. Nationals... FILA Junior Nationals champion... 
      2003: Fourth in University Nationals... Northern Plains Regional champion...  Third in FILA Junior Nationals...
      USA Age-group: Fourth in 2002 FILA Junior Nationals... 2002 Junior Nationals champion... Fourth in 2001 Junior Nationals... Fourth in 2001 FILA Cadet Nationals... Fifth in 2001 Cadet Nationals (Greco-Roman)... 
      College: Two-time All-American and four-time NCAA finalist at the Univ. of Missouri, where he was coached by Brian Smith... 2006 and 2007 NCAA champion...2006 and 2007 Hodge Trophy winner... Second in 2004-05 NCAA Tournament... Earned a degree in geography...
      High School: Attended Arrowhead High School, where he was coached by John Mesenbrink... Two-time state champion (2000-01)... 2002 state tournament qualifier... Second in 1999 state tournament...

Personal:
Son of Chuck and Michele Askren... Has one brother, Max, who is a sophomore on the wrestling team at the Univ. of Missouri. Max was an NCAA All-American in 2008... Hobbies include disc golf and traveling...