His heroic refusal to allow NCAA champion Jesse Jantzen to pin him electrified his Stabler Arena fans at the 2002 EIWA tourney. And his defensive fall over Columbia to assure his sixth place finish charged them up one more time.
While his teammates envied his straight A classroom effort for three plus years, he allegedly never forgave himself for the one A minus he received. The quietly popular Parkland H.S. grad was one of the program's hardest working grapplers (and can still be seen in the Room).
In a remarkable reprise of former Capt. Brian Strunck, Troy tied the latter for 2nd-most weight classes by any LU grappler (five, from 125-157) and did so while courageously saving team points against nationally ranked men several weights bigger than Troy. Like Strunck, he was often called up for delivering Grace at team banquets.