Willie Miklus
Willie  Miklus

Class:
RS Freshman

Hometown:
Altoona, Iowa

High School:
Southeast Polk

Weight:
184

Birthdate:
07/16/1993

Major:
Psychology


05/26/2015

Five Tigers Named To 2015 NWCA All-Academic Team

Tiger Style's five recipients is T-1st most in the country

04/30/2015

Seven Tigers Named To 2015 Academic All-MAC Wrestling Team

Tiger Style grapplers among 35 total MAC wrestling student-athletes to receive honor

04/23/2015

Mizzou Wrestling Honored At Missouri State Capitol

Coaches and student-athletes were honored on the house floor, and also received an exclusive tour of the building

04/07/2015

Tiger Style Sweeps 2014-15 MAC Postseason Awards

Willie Miklus, Drake Houdashelt, and Head Coach Brian Smith each honored for outstanding seasons

03/21/2015

Waters Takes Third, Cox Takes Fifth at NCAA Championships Session #5

Mayes & Miklus each win seventh place contests to round out strong Tiger showing

03/21/2015

Missouri Wrestling at the National Championships - March 21, 2015

Missouri Wrestling at the National Championships

CAREER HONORS

• 2015 NCAA All-American (7th Place - 184 pounds)
• 2015 MAC Freshman of the Year
• 2015 Academic All-MAC Team
• 2014 SEC First-Year Honor Roll
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2014-15)

• Went from preseason unranked grappler to nationally ranked and NCAA All-American at 184 pounds. Went 33-9 overall including an 18-3 dual (6-0 MAC) record.
• Finished in 7th place at 2015 NCAA Championships, producing a 5-2 record along the way.
• At NCAA's, defeated No. 6 Taylor Meeks (Oregon State), No. 7 Lorenzo Thomas (Penn), No. 14 Richard Robertson (Wisconsin) and No. 15 Timothy Dudley (Nebraska) nationally ranked opponents in the country.
• Had 18 starts at 184 pounds for the Tigers and three starts at 197 pounds.
• Began the 2014-15 season with an 18-0 record, highlighted by a win over No. 2 Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) on Nov. 23, 2014.
• 24 of his 33 season wins resulted in bonus points, good enough for .727 perctange of his overall victories.
• In his 18 dual victories this season, accumulated 82 points (2nd most on Mizzou, only trailed J’den Cox’s 87).
• Tallied 14 pins throughout the season, tops among Tiger Style starters for the 2014-15 campaign.
• Took down six nationally ranked foes at 184 pounds, including four alone at 2015 NCAA Championships.
• Named MAC Freshman of the Year by the league office on April 7, 2015.
FRESHMAN (2013-14)

• Took his redshirt in his first season with the Tigers and competed in five tournaments at 197 pounds.
• Finished in fourth place at the Warren Williams/Daktronics Open, picking up his first collegiate win by a fall at 4:09 against North Dakota State's Tommy Peterson.
• Took third place at the Joe Parisi Open, winning five of his six matches including a 6-4 decision over Missouri's Justin Heberlie.
• Was crowed the champion at the Kaufman-Brand Open after winning his first two matches by fall followed by another win over Justin Heberlie.
• Another third-place finish came from the UNI Open, with his only loss coming against Mizzou's J'den Cox.
• Miklus picked up 17 wins this season with nine of them coming by fall, the fastest of which occurred 50 seconds into the match.
SOUTHEAST POLK HIGH SCHOOL (PLEASANT HILL, IOWA)

• Took second place at state his freshman and sophomore seasons at 119 and 145 pounds respectively.
• Won state titles his junior and senior seasons at 171 pounds and 220 pounds, respectively.
• Had a perfect senior season, going 47-0 with a total of 368 takedowns on the season.
• In 2011, was the Folkstyle Nationals runner-up at 171 pounds. Took eighth place at 189 pounds at Junior Freestyle Nationals.
• Lettered all four years in wrestling.
• Miklus decided to train at the Olympic Training Center for the year immediately following high school (2011-2012) before joining the Missouri squad.
PERSONAL

• Willie was born to Garry and Luann Miklus on July 16, 1993 in Des Moines, Iowa.
• Has three younger siblings - Tim, who is an incoming freshman on the Tiger wrestling squad for the upcoming season, Erin and Sean.
STATS

Season Overall Duals (MAC) Tournament (MAC/NCAA) Major Dec. Fall Tech. Fall
2013-14 Redshirted
2014-15 33-9 18-3 (6-0) 15-6 (2-1/5-2) 8 14 2
Career 33-9 18-3 (6-0) 15-6 (2-1/5-2) 8 14 2
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