Junior claimed first place at UNK Holiday Inn Open
A total of 623 athletes honored by conference
Erickson, Hyder, Stafford named to WWC All-Academic Team
Hyder and Stafford earn national academic honors
Falcons earn first win over UNI since 2002
The Falcons picked up a 35-9 WWC victory over the Bears on Senior Day.
The 25th-ranked Falcons score a 19-18 come-from-behind victory over former WWC foe Northern Iowa.
The 25th-ranked Falcons dropped a tough match to No. 13 Oregon State on Jan. 11.
The Silver team picked up a 26-13 victory over the Blue team in the Falcons' annual Blue-Silver Scrimmage, held Oct. 24.
2012-13: Put together a 23-13 overall record, including a 9-2 mark in dual competition ... tied for second on the team with seven falls ... placed fourth in the Elite Division at the UNK Holiday Inn Open ... took third place at the All-Academy Championships ... shared the team's Commitment to Excellence Award ... recognized as a member of the NWCA All-Academic Team and the WWC All-Academic Team ... named a Mountain West Scholar-Athlete.
2011-12: Spent a year in Mongolia with Athletes in Action.
2010-11: Compiled an 18-10 overall record at 157 pounds ... registered two falls on the season ... placed fourth at the Cowboy Open (Amateur Division) to begin the season ... placed fifth in the Amateur Division at the Kaufman/Brand Open ... recipient of the Falcons' Commitment to Excellence Award ... named to WWC Coaches' Honor Roll ... Mountain West Scholar-Athlete.
High School: Lettered four years in wrestling ... coached by Clint Madden ... team captain ... earned a second-place and a fourth-place finish at the CIF state championships ... state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman ... placed third at the Jr. Fila Greco-Roman Nationals and sixth at the Jr. Fila Freestyle Nationals ... also lettered three years in cross country and two years in track and field ... three-sport team captain ... state qualifier in cross country ... league champion in track ... recipient of CIF State Sportsmanship Award ... AP Scholar.
Personal: Member of cadet squadron 39 ... son of Mike and Chris Stafford ... has three older siblings ... brother, Joe, is a 2011 Academy graduate and wrestled four years for the Falcons, serving as team captain in his senior year ... other siblings, Sarah and Aaron, both competed in track in college ... majoring in civil engineering ... plans to become a pilot ... hobby is tree climbing ... craziest ambition is to become Iron Man.