First team tournament of the year Sunday in Philadelphia, Welch wrestles in NWCA All-Star Classic Monday
2012-13: Did not compete
2011-12: Went 6-2 overall at 165 ... Won six-straight matches from Nov. 5-Nov. 20 ... Defeated Matt Schneider, 8-2, in NU's season-opening dual victory over No. 14 Stanford ... Placed sixth at the Keystone Classic.
2010-11: Second year as a starter for NU, moving up to 165 pounds ... Two bonus-point wins in 2010-11 ... Upset 14th-ranked Jake Kerr of Iowa in first round of Midlands Championships ... 2-1 at Pittsburgh Duals ... Won his first career Big Ten dual match at Michigan State, defeating Ben Boudro, 5-1 ... Also notched conference victories vs. Kyle Mosier of Purdue and Shawn Perry of Wisconsin.
2009-10: Starter at 157 pounds as a true freshman ... 9-18 on the season ... Won two matches at Eastern Michigan Open freshman/sophomore division ... Made dual match and Big Ten debut vs. Purdue at NU Duals ... Led No. 15 Bryan Deutsch of Northern Illinois, a two-time NCAA qualifier, by a 12-9 score in the third before being caught in a defensive pin ... Posted the first dual win and first major decision win of his career at Cleveland State on Dec. 17 ... Avenged his earlier loss to Deutsch with a 7-4 decision in the first round of the Midlands Championships ... 2-1 at Lone Star Duals ... Four major decision victories in freshman season ... 0-2 at Big Ten Championships, ending his season with a narrow 6-5 loss to Wisconsin's Greg Burke.
High School: Illinois state runner-up at 152 pounds as a senior, finishing the season with school-record 44 victories ... Totaled 63 near-falls, 20 pins and 10 tech falls ... Also won sectional, regional and conference championships as a senior ... Varsity captain ... 2009 freestyle champion while wrestling for Overtime School of Wrestling ... 2008 freestyle runner-up ... Team placed first in Southwest Suburban Conference as a senior ... National Honor Society member and named to the 2009 Academic All-State squad.
Personal: Born Kevin Robert Bialka ... Son of John and Linda Bialka ... Competed against current NU teammate David Helmer in high school ... Chose Northwestern over Illinois ... Majoring in economics with a minor in business institutions.