2011-12: Wrestled at 149 and 157 lbs. ... Competed at 149 lbs. at the Michigan State Open and Keystone Classic and at 157 lbs. at Midlands ... Went 2-6 overall, with a 9-2 decision over Brown's Ken Staub at the Keystone Classic and a 6-3 decision over Chicago's Jim Layton at Midlands ... 1-2 at Midlands.
2010-11: Picked up first career dual win against Wisconsin-Whitewater on Nov. 14 ... 4-2 at Eastern Michigan Open before falling to teammate Pierce Harger.
2009-10: Redshirt season ... Competed in six open tournaments during his redshirt season and compiled a 17-9 record ... Champion of both the Missouri Open and Dan Gable Open ... 4-3 at season-opening Eastern Michigan Open ... 0-2 at Midlands Championships, where he lost to Wisconsin's 157-pound starter Greg Burke by 5-2 decision.
High School: Two-time state champion in Virginia while wrestling for Langley ... Finished with a career varsity record of 161-16, including a 52-1 mark as a senior ... Four-time region champion ... Inducted into the Virginia Wrestling Hall of Fame as Student-Athlete of the Year ... Named a High School All-American by USA Wrestling, which ranked him ninth in the nation among seniors at 152 pounds ... Team captain ... Also played football and earned all-district honors as a tailback, scoring 15 touchdowns his senior year with more than 1,000 rushing yards.
Personal: Born David Robert Helmer ... Son of Dave and Eileen Helmer ... Father wrestled in college for Notre Dame ... Chose Northwestern over Cornell and Minnesota ... Majoring in sociology with a minor in business institutions.