Emilio Rivera | Weight class: 133
Hometown: Escondido, Calif.
Previous School: San Marcos HS / Palomar College
Major: Business Administration / Accounting
2014-15 NAIA National Qualifier
2014-15 NAIA North 4th place (133)
2014-15 First Team All-GPAC
2013-14 GPAC Wrestler of the Year
2013-14 GPAC First Team All-GPAC
2013-14 NAIA National Qualifier
2013-14 NAIA North 133-lb Champion
2013-14 GPAC Wrestler of the Week (Feb. 5)
Rivera posted a record of 28-11 and finished his two-year Concordia career with a mark of 51-19 ... went 8-0 in dual meets and 8-1 against GPAC opponents ... recorded six pins, two wins by technical fall and two via major decision ... placed at four tournaments: Dakota Wesleyan Open (third), Missouri Valley Invite (fourth) and NAIA North Qualifier (fourth) and Buena Vista Open (sixth).
Rivera shined in his first season as a Bulldog, going 23-8 and reaching the national championships while also being named GPAC wrestler of the year ... went 8-1 in dual meets and a perfect 12-0 against GPAC foes ... won the 133-pound title at the NAIA North Qualifier and also placed third at the Bethany Swede Open and seventh at the Buena Vista Open ... won six matches by pin, one by technical fall, six by major decision and 10 by decision.
Wrestled for two seasons at Palomar College ... earned an associate in arts in July 2013.
Started and lettered for four years at San Marcos High School ... coached by Brody Barrios, Lucas Factor and Aaron Eberhart ... served as team captain for two years ... named team MVP ... earned California Interscholastic Federation runner up three times ... took fourth place at masters ... placed third at the state championships and second at regionals ... named an academic All-American.
Born in San Diego, Calif., on December 17, 1991 ... son of Joe and Katherine Rivera ... has six brothers, two older and four younger, and one younger sister ... enjoys hanging out with friends and family, being at the beach ... favorite foods are pizza and ice cream.