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Justin Branham

Class: Sophomore
Height: 5-5
Weight: 125

Previous School: Teays Valley HS

Hometown: Ashville, Ohio

2010 (Fr.): Named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll … posted a 3-9 record in his first collegiate season … picked up his first victory with a 7-4 decision over Brett Boston of Appalachian State in the Keystone Classic (11/22) … also gained valuable experience competing in the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic (11/14), Southern Scuffle (12/29) and Virginia Duals (1/8) … won his last bout of the year with a 6-0 decision over Yiming Law of Drexel (1/9).

Prep: Graduate of Teays Valley High School, where he posted a 82-28 varsity record (74.5 winning percentage) … finished his freshman year with a 17-2 junior varsity record at 103 pounds … placed second at the sectional tournament and was a district qualifier as a sophomore with a 36-13 varsity record … unbeaten with a 21-0 junior varsity record as a junior at 125 pounds … capped off his senior year with a 44-11 record at the varsity level … finished third at the sectional tournament and sixth at the district championship, where he was one match away from advancing to the state championship event … Viking Duals most valuable wrestler where he knocked off the returning state runner-up … graduated with honors … member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Son of Dave Branham and Teresa Helser … birthday is on Aug. 6 … majoring in engineering at Liberty … is glad he does not have to run hills anymore now that preseason training has been completed … would like to live in Panama, the tropical paradise of Central America, if he could live anywhere in the world for a year … fondly remembers watching Sesame Street and Barney on television every day with his father growing up … considers intense, focused and alive as the best words to describe his personality.