2008-09: Tallied an 18-18 mark in his first season wrestling for the Panthers in the 149 pound weight class...Opened the season with three straight wins including a 17-4 major decision over Jon Thomas (Michigan State) at the Michigan State Open where he took sixth place...Went 4-2 at the Keystone Classic, placing fourth and helping the Panthers to a second place team finish...Posted a 3-2 mark at both the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and Midlands Championships...Went 3-3 against Eastern Wrestling League opponents in dual action...Was the lone Panther to win against Kent State, downing Jeremy Depoy 5-2.
At Purdue: Comes to Pitt after compiling a 38-19 record during four years at Purdue University under coach Jesse Reyes...Granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA due to injury...A three-time all-academic Big Ten selection who also served as team captain during his junior year...Won the Purdue Durham Brothers Leadership Award...Named to the Dean's List three times...Posted a 7-1 mark to capture fifth place at the Eastern Michigan Open in 2006...Finished fourth at the Cornell Body Bar Invitational in 2005...Ranked third on the team in both nearfalls and back points during the 2006-07 season.
High School: Tallied a 134-30 career record at Trinity under head coach Jeff Brinker to reach second place on the school's all-time win list...A three-time state qualifier and one-time medalist Powell finished seventh in the PIAA in 2004...Won the section title three times...Twice finished as the WPIAL runner-up...Led team in takedowns and pins and was named team captain during his junior and senior years...Selected as a member of Team WPIAL in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic...Participated in cross country where he was named team MVP...A member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born June 19, 1985...Son of David and Joyce Powell...Has one brother, Ryan.
Major: Secondary Education
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