Ken Burkhardt Jr. | Weight class: 197
Hometown: Milford, Neb.
Previous School: Milford HS
Major: Secondary Education
2014-15 NAIA All-America (8th place - 197)
2014-15 NAIA North 3rd place (197 lbs)
2014-15 Second Team All-GPAC
2013-14 GPAC Honorable Mention All-Conference
2013-14 NAIA National Qualifier
2013-14 NAIA North 3rd place (197 lbs)
Burkhardt Jr. broke through with a stellar sophomore campaign in which he led the team in both wins (33) and pins (11) while going 33-18 overall ... went 9-3 in dual meets ... for the second-straight year qualified for the national championships, where he went 4-3 and took eighth place ... posted a mark of 10-3 against GPAC foes ... collected one win by technical fall and three by major decision ... placed at five tournaments: NAIA North Qualifier (third), Hastings Open (third), Missouri Valley Invite (fourth), Dakota Wesleyan Open (fourth) and NAIA National Championships (eighth).
Burkhardt Jr. rattled off a record of 21-18 at 197 on the way to qualifying for nationals in his first collegiate wrestling season ... went 10-7 in dual meets and 12-3 against GPAC opponents ... placed at the NAIA North Qualifier (third) and at the Briar Cliff Open (fourth) ... recorded seven victories by pin, four by major decision, nine by decision and one by medical forfeit.
Started and lettered all four years as a prep at Milford High School for head coach Dirk Desmond ... qualified for the state championships three times with a runner-up finish ... won two district titles ... earned academic all-state three times ... played football for four years, garnering three letters and second team all-district honors in 2011 and 2012 ... participated in track and field for four years and legion baseball for two years.
Born in Crete, Neb., on Oct. 12, 1993 ... son of Ken Burkhardt Sr. and Stacie Siebert ... has two older siblings, Keelee and Kelsey, and two younger siblings, Kyle and Kolby ... enjoys hunting, fishing and hanging out with friends.