Jason Welch

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Jason Welch
Weight 157 lb (71 kg)
Born (1989-11-02) November 2, 1989 (age 27)
Walnut Creek, California, U.S.
High school Las Lomas High
State championships 3 (California)
College Northwestern University
Status Graduate

Jason Michael Welch (born November 2, 1989, in Walnut Creek, California) is an American amateur wrestler. As a high school wrestler at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, California, Welch was the 13th wrestler ever to win 3 state championships.[1] In 2008, Welch graduated and signed with Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Welch is a four-time national qualifier and in 2011, became an NCAA All-American. He is a three-time All-American.[2]

Career[edit]

High school[edit]

Welch talking to Northwestern University head coach Drew Pariano

Jason Welch attended Las Lomas High School from 2004 to 2008. While at Las Lomas, he lettered in varsity soccer, football, and wrestling.[3] On his way to winning 3 state championships, Welch recorded 119 consecutive victories and ended his high school career with a 194-7 win-loss record.[4] According to Intermatwrestle.com, Welch was the top ranked high school wrestler when he signed to Northwestern University.[5]

College[edit]

Entering Northwestern in 2008, Welch started for the Northwestern Wildcats as a true freshman.[6] As a true freshman, he qualified for the NCAA Wrestling National Championship Tournament. As a redshirt sophomore Welch qualified for the NCAA tournament again and placed 6th after losing to Bubba Jenkins of Arizona State in the semi-finals to earn All-American honors.[7] In 2011, during Welch's red shirt junior season, he was invited to wrestle at the 46th NWCA All-Star Classic where he beat Ganbayar Sanjaa of American University.[8][9] Welch placed 4th for All-American honors his red-shirt junior year. Welch won the famed 49th Midlands tournament hosted by his home school, Northwestern and led Northwestern to its highest team place at the tournament with the Wildcats placing 2nd overall behind Iowa.[10] In 2013, Welch won a Big Ten championship and placed 2nd at the NCAA championships, making him a 3-time NCAA All-American.

Personal life[edit]

Welch graduated as an English Major at Northwestern University. He was born in Walnut Creek, California to John and Barbara Welch. Welch currently coaches wrestling at Loyola Academy [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Bio: Jason Welch – Northwestern". Archived from the original on 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  2. ^ "Division 1 College Rankings, Lineups, Schedules, Recruiting, and Results – Jason Welch (Northwestern)". Archived from the original on 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Nation's Top Wrestler Has Plenty on Plate". Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  4. ^ "Nation's Top Wrestler Has Plenty on Plate". Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Nation's Top Wrestler Has Plenty on Plate". Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  6. ^ "Player Bio: Jason Welch – Northwestern". Archived from the original on 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  7. ^ "Three Wrestlers Become All-Americans as Robles, Jenkins Reach Final". Archived from the original on 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  8. ^ "NWCA All-Star Classic". Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  9. ^ "46th NWCA All-Star Classic Line-up is Announced". Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  10. ^ "Former Las Lomas High wrestler Jason Welch wins Midlands title for Northwestern". Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  11. ^ "Player Bio: Jason Welch – Northwestern". Archived from the original on 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-03-01.