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Nick KnowlesClass: Senior
Previous School: Calvary Chapel HS
Hometown: Westminster, Calif.
2010-11 Team Captain
2010 (Jr.): Wrestled at two different weight classes for the third-straight season (174 and 184 pounds) … one of six Flames to claim NCAA East Regional title and advance to NCAA Championships … finished year with a 17-16 combined record …ranked fifth on the squad in total victories … one of eight Flames to post more than 15 wins on the year … posted a 13-11 record at 184 pounds … ranked second on the team at 174 pounds with four wins … tied for third on the team with an 11-8 dual record … opened season with a 7-4 decision win over Bryan Wells of Campbellsville (Nov. 7) … wrestled to a 2-2 record in the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Tournament (11/14) … posted a win in the Keystone Classic (11/22) to help the Flames take first place in the event … 2-2 record in Hoosier Duals (11/28), including an 18-2 technical fall win over Bryce Drefke of South Dakota State and a 14-4 major decision win over Northern Illinois' Zach Benzio … posted two victories against Princeton and USMMA in a quad match hosted by Binghamton to help the Flames to two dual wins … beat N.C. State's John Becker (Major Dec./ 14-0) in the Southern Scuffle (12/29) … finished the regular season by winning six of last nine duals … won the NCAA East Regional title at 184 pounds … opened event by defeating Millersville's Josh Marquard by fall (2:29) … beat Jonathan Velazquez of Gardner-Webb with a sudden victory decision of 5-3 in the championship match … made first appearance in NCAA National Championships (3/18).
2009 (So.): Wrestled at two different weight classes for the second-straight season (174 and 184 pounds) … posted an 8-9 combined record … ranked second on the team at 174 pounds with seven victories … opened the year with a 7-6 decision win over The Citadel's Kip Thompson to help the Flames to a dual meet victory … posted a 2-1 record in three matches at the Hoosier Duals, including an 8-3 decision win over Cumberlands Kyle Stygler and a 14-2 major decision victory over South Dakota State's Kevin Kelley … finished with a 3-2 record at the Nittany Lion Open, including decision wins over Binghamton's Brett Nelson (6-1), The Citadel's J.C. Oddo (9-2) and Penn State's Matt Dodds (7-3) … picked up his final victory of the year at the Southern Scuffle with a 10-4 decision over Cal State Bakerfield's Jason Points.
2008 (Fr.): Wrestled at two different weight classes during his first season of collegiate competition (184 and 197 pounds) … was one of 11 wrestlers to finish the year with a double-figure win total … posted a 10-13 record at 184 pounds … opened the season with a 3-2 record at the Navy Classic (11/17), including a 5-3 decision over George Mason's Bill Widner and a win by fall (1:02) over Campbell's Kyle Higgins ... opened the Reno Tournament of Champions with a 17-second pin over Western Wyoming's Mike Hautala (12/18) … helped the Flames to a 30-15 dual victory over Messiah at the Liberty Quad (1/26), picking up a 12-5 decision over Matt McHugh … assisted in the Flames' first-place finish at the Eastern Regional Duals (2/3), posting a perfect 4-0 record at the event … picked up decision wins over Duquesne's Ryan Sula (5-3), Gardner-Webb's Matthias Piasecki (11-4) and Millersville Steve Funk (7-3).
Prep: Graduated from Calvary Chapel High School … posted a combined 113-44 record during his high school career (72.0 winning percentage) … four-time league champion … finished second at the CIF as a freshman and a sophomore … posted a 18-20 record as a freshman at 130 pounds … compiled a 20-10 record at 140 pounds as a sophomore … state qualifier at 152 pounds as a junior with a 36-8 record … set a then school record for most pins in a season … All-American as a senior with a 39-6 record at 160 pounds … placed third at the Reno Tournament of Champions as a senior … broke his junior year record for pins in a season as a senior. … two-time California national team member … 2007 Greco Roman state champion.
Personal: Son of Brock and Paulita Knowles … birthday is on April 11 … majoring in kinesiology at Liberty …plans on being a fitness specialist and strength coach … includes bananas on his list of favorite snack food items … High School Musical 3 was one of the favorite movies he saw this past year … Power Rangers and Teenage Mutual Nina Turtles were among his favorite television shows growing up as a child.