1996-EIWA 4th, 177 lb (DNQ for NCAAs)-Fr.
1997-EIWA 2nd, NCAA 3rd, 177 lb-So.
1998-EIWA 1st, 184 lb, Jr.
1999-EIWA 2nd, NCAA 5th, 184 lb, Sr.
Another of Greg Strobel's 'home improvement' stories, John went 12-15 in his freshman year (4-11 in duals), with fewer than a dozen takedowns in the regular season.
Ranked 22nd entering his first NCAA Tournament as a sophomore (37-23 career mark at the time), John stunned the crowd (largest-ever NCAA turnout, at the time) with two wins over the #1 seed, Mark Smith, Oklahoma State, to claim 3rd place. The fact that the Northern Iowa Uni-Dome crowd was largely rooting against the Cowboys didn't hurt the adulation and roaring support John received.
The tourney launched a spectacular 71-11 finish to his career (30-2 in duals his last two yrs), climaxed by an incredible comeback from serious injury in which he placed NCAA 5th as senior after dislocating his back in the EIWA semifinals.
In the prior year ('98) he provided the biggest league championships roar by pinning Navy All-American Greg Gingeleskie in the EIWA finals in Stabler Arena.
Upon retirement he could claim improvement in each of his last 3 seasons in wins, falls, bonus pct and win pct, before taking his degree in Materials Science to the West Coast.