Kellen Russell
Kellen Russell

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
High Bridge, N.J.

High School:
Blair Academy

Weight:
141


06/18/2012

Building on Tradition: Bahna Wrestling Center

Building on Tradition: Bahna Wrestling Center

06/18/2012

Mueller, Russell Named Michigan Athletes of the Year

Mueller, Russell Named Michigan Athletes of the Year

06/04/2012

Salazar Captures University National Freestyle Title

Salazar Captures University National Freestyle Wrestling Title

05/18/2012

Sixteen U-M Student-Athletes Named NSCA Athletes of the Year

Sixteen U-M Student-Athletes Named NSCA Athletes of the Year

05/16/2012

Russell Named DAC Michigan Collegiate Athlete of the Year

Wrestler Russell Named DAC Michigan Collegiate Athlete of the Year

At Michigan...Two-time NCAA 141-pound champion (2011, '12) ... Three-time NCAA All-American (2009, '11, '12) ... Four-time Big Ten Conference 141-pound champion (2008, '09, '11, '12) ... 2012 Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Big Ten Championships ... 2008 Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... Two-time Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational 141-pound champion (2008, '10) ... Ranks eighth in wins in U-M program history with 134-12 career record ... Career win percentage of .918 ranks second in U-M program history ... Twice named University of Michigan Male Athlete of the Year (2011, '12).

Fifth-Year Senior (2011-12)...NCAA 141 champion ... Registered a 5-0 record at the NCAA Championships (March 15-17), defeating Iowa's Montell Marion, 6-4 SV, in the championship match on an overtime counter takedown ... Avenged only loss of the season with a 7-2 decision against Ohio State's Hunter Stieber in the semifinals ... Claimed fourth Big Ten 141-pound title with a 3-0 mark at the conference champinships (March 4-5)... Defeated Iowa's Montell Marion, 7-2, in the final ... Only the 11th four-time champion in Big Ten history and first at Michigan ... Registered a perfect 10-0 dual-meet record, including an 8-0 mark in Big Ten duals ... Recorded bonus points in 17 wins ... Boasts career highs in tech fall (3) and major decisions (12) ... Earned bonus points in six of eight Big Ten dual matches ... Posted a 4-0 record en route to the 141-pound title at the Mat Town Invitational (Dec. 29) ... Defeated Kent State's #12 Tyler Small, 8-0, in the final ... Earned a 10-2 major decision over Wisconsin's Thomas Glenn in the Big Ten opener (Dec. 11) ... Claimed third place at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 2-3) with a 6-1 record ... Fell to Ohio State's #15 Hunter Stieber, 6-5, in the quarterfinals, snapping a 46-match win streak ... Rebounded with a 3-3 TB3 win over Cal Poly's #2 Boris Novachkov in the Vegas consolation semifinals ... Went 5-0 en route to 141-pound title at the Michigan State Open (Nov. 12) ... Defeated Central Michigan's Scott Mattingly, 5-2, in the MSU final.

Senior/Junior (2010-11)... NCAA 141-pound champion ... Posted a 5-0 record at the NCAA Championships (March 17-19), defeating Cal Poly's Boris Novachkov, 3-2, in the championship match on a third-period takedown ... Won back-to-back 3-3 TB2 decisions on riding time in the NCAA semifinals (vs. Iowa's Montell Marion) and quarterfinals (vs. Oklahoma's Zack Bailey) ... Boasted an undefeated 38-0 record ... Posted career highs in wins, pins (4) and major decisions (9) ... Claimed third Big Ten 141-pound title (March 5-6) with a 3-0 mark ... Defeated Minnesota's Mike Thorn, 8-4, in the final ... Went to overtime in six of final 12 matches ... Wrapped Big Ten dual season with three straight overtime wins over ranked opponents, beating Iowa's #3 Montell Marion, 9-5 (Feb. 13), Minnesota's #2 Mike Thorn, 3-1 (Feb. 11) and Penn State's #7 Andrew Alton, 3-1 (Feb. 6) ... Earned three straight major decisions against Ohio State's Randy Languis (12-2, Jan. 28), Indiana's Mitch Ritchey (10-1, Jan. 30) and Wisconsin's Shane McQuade (10-2, Feb. 4)... Cruised to a 20-4 technical fall against Purdue's Jake Fleckenstein in Big Ten opener (Jan. 14) ... Posted a perfect 4-0 record at the Virginia Duals (Jan. 7-8) ... Recorded a 2-1 decision over Penn State's #7 Andrew Alton in the VA Duals finale ... Claimed the 141-pound title at the Southern Scuffle (Jan. 29-30) with a 6-0 record ... Defeated Minnesota's #2 Mike Thorn 6-2 in the championship final and edged past Penn State's #9 Andrew Alton, 4-3, in the semifinals ... Captured the 141-pound title at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Championship (Dec. 4-5) with a 5-0 record ... Defeated Cal Poly's No. 9 Boris Novachkov, 3-2, in the final ... Also pinned Illinois' No. 2 Jimmy Kennedy (1:16) in the semifinals ... Opened dual season with an 11-2 major decision against Pitt's Mike Tully (Nov. 14) ... Won the EMU Open (Nov. 6) with a 3-0 record.

Junior (2009-10) ... Redshirted season ... Did not compete.

Sophomore (2008-09)... NCAA All-American ... Placed seventh at the NCAA Championships (March 19-21) with a 5-2 record ... Defeated Penn State's Frank Molinaro 7-4 in the seventh-place contest ... Captured second straight Big Ten 141-pound title at the Big Ten Championships (March 7-8) with a 4-0 mark ... Defeated Wisconsin's top-ranked Zach Tanelli 6-4 SV in the championship match ... Boasted a perfect 8-0 Big Ten dual record ... Cruised past Illinois' Ryan Prater 11-5 in final Big Ten weekend (Feb. 20) ... Knocked off Ohio State's 16th-ranked, defending NCAA champion J Jaggers 4-2 on a last-second takedown (Feb. 13) ... Picked up his 50th career win with a 5-0 decision against Michigan State's Collin Dozier (Feb. 8) ... Defeated Minnesota's eighth-ranked Mike Thorn 6-4 (Feb. 6) and Northwestern's No. 16 Keith Sulzer 4-3 (Jan. 31) ... Registered a perfect 3-0 mark at the National Duals (Jan. 10-11) ... Recorded three straight bonus wins to open the New Year, earning a 17-1 technical against Oregon State's Ryan Harold (Jan. 2) before pinning Northern Colorado's Lance Gallegos (2:05) and posting an 8-0 major decision against Nebraska Jon Burns in the road tri-meet (Jan. 4) ... Posted a 17-1 technical fall against Oregon State' ... Placed third at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 5-6) with a 5-1 record, a technical fall and a major decision ... Earned a 3-1 overtime decision against Virginia Tech's Chris Diaz in the third-place contest ... Split opening-weekend duals, falling to Penn's Rick Rappo (F4:50, Nov. 22) after defeating Lehigh's Seth Ciasulli 7-5 SV (Nov. 21).

Freshman (2007-08)... Posted a 2-2 record at the NCAA Championships (March 20-22) ... Named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year ... Captured the Big Ten 141-pound title with a 4-0 record at the conference meet (March 8-9) ... Defeated Minnesota's eighth-ranked Manuel Rivera 3-2 in the championship final ... Faced ranked competition in 15 of his final 18 matches ... Registered a 14-5 record against ranked opposition ... Earned bonus points in 10 victories ... Battled past Wisconsin's No. 6 Kyle Ruschell (Feb. 15) and Iowa's No. 7 Dan LeClere (Feb. 17) by 6-4 margins ... Defeated Central Michigan's No. 12 Eric Kruger 3-0 (Jan. 20) ... Posted a 2-2 record at the National Duals (Jan. 12-13), rebounding from a pair of first-day losses with wins over Iowa's No. 11 Dan LeClere (Fall, 4:45) and Minnesota's fourth-ranked Manuel Rivera (10-7) ... Registered the best start for a U-M true freshman in program history with 18 consecutive wins ... Posted a 3-0 mark at the Lone Star Duals (Jan. 5), tallying his first-career pin against Appalachian State's Marcus Cox (2:49) ... Registered three wins at the Wolverine Quad (Dec. 30) with two major decisions ... Named TheMat.com and Big Ten Conference Wrestler of the Week (Dec. 5) after capturing the 141-pound title at the Cliff Keen Invitational (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) with a 5-0 record ... Defeated Ohio State's J Jaggers 4-3 in the championship final and Hofstra's No. 3 Charles Griffin 6-3 in the semifinals ... Registered a perfect 4-0 record at the Northeast Collegiate Duals (Nov. 24) ... Posted a 2-0 mark at the EMU Open (Nov. 3) before withdrawing with injury ... Defeated Mount St. Joseph's Dave Harris 16-1 in his collegiate debut.

Prep... Graduated from Blair Academy (2007) ... Named Northeast Region recipient of the 2007 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award ... Member of Wrestling USA Dream Team (2007) ... Captured the 130-pound title at the 2007 Senior Nationals ... Crowned Junior Freestyle National champion (130 pounds, 2006) and Cadet Freestyle National champion (125 pounds, 2005) ... Placed second at the 2007 Junior Nationals (140 pounds) ... Three-time National Prep champion (2004, '06, '07) ... Career prep record of 147-7 ... Beast of the East champion (2005) and three-time finalist (2003, '05, '06) ... Walsh Ironman champion (2006) and two-time finalist (2003, '06).

Personal... Enrolled in the School of Kinesiology, majoring in physical education ... Born on February 20, 1989 ... Son of Ed and Maria Russell.

Year Overall Dual Tourney Falls TF MD Big Ten NCAA
2007-08 32-7 19-5 13-2 2 2 5 1st DNP
2008-09 31-4 17-1 14-3 1 2 5 1st 7th
2010-11 38-0 16-0 22-0 4 1 9 1st 1st
2011-12 33-1 10-0 23-1 2 3 12 1st 1st
Totals 134-12 62-6 72-6 9 8 32


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