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    Rohan Gardner
    Rohan Gardner

    Contemporary Era:
    2006 Inductee


    Northwestern Big Ten Medal of Honor All-Time Winners

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    Beginning his Wildcat career as a walk-on student-athlete, Gardner left as a two-time All-American. He capped a stellar career with a scholarship and a 108-29 overall record.

    A 1996 National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic first-team member (one of 10 wrestlers to earn the honor), Gardner won the 1996 Big Ten crown at 177 pounds, edging Michigan State's Erich Harvey, 9-8. He went on to finish third at the 1996 NCAA Championships. In 1995, he won a career-most 30 matches (30-5) and placed fifth at the NCAA Championships.

    Gardner went 59-11 in his final two seasons with the Wildcats. He also qualified for the NCAA Championships at 167 pounds his sophomore year.

    Gardner's 108 wins ranks eighth today on Northwestern's all-time victory list. He was the Wildcats' Stuteville (point leader) and Lupton (net takedowns) Award recipients in 1995 and '96. He also won the Jack Riley Fall Trophy in 1994.

    Gardner was born in Jamaica before moving to south Florida when he was in the fourth grade. The eventual Florida high school state champion then enrolled at Northwestern in 1991. He suffered a knee injury his sophomore year, which resulted in a medical hardship and fifth season. He put that fifth year to good use, earning a master's degree in engineering. Gardner now works for Marks Brothers Engineering Contractors in Miami.