Career Record: 66-27 (Includes Redshirt Season)
2018 NCAA Qualifier
2019 All-American (Eighth Place)
2018-19: Finished the season with a 25-7 overall record and a 10-3 dual record... NCAA All-American after placing eighth at 157 lbs. Defeated Justin Thomas of Oklahoma in the blood round to earn All-American status... Went 3-3 in Pittsburgh... 2019 MAC runner-up after falling to Jarrett Jacques in the finals... In November, defeated 2018 NCAA Finalist #2 Hayden Hidlay in a home dual on Nov. 30, 4-2... Second place at the Navy Classic.
2017-18: A 2018 NCAA Qualifier at 157 pounds after earning an at-large bid... Finish 2-2 at the NCAA Championships after defeating Tyler Marinelli (Gardner-Webb) and Colin Heffernan (CMU)... Started at 157 pounds all season and finished the season with a 29-12 record... Recorded a fourth place finish at the MAC Championships and an eighth place finish at the Midlands Tournament... Defeat #7 Paul Fox on 11/5.. Went 1-4 against nationally ranked opponents..
2016-17: After transferring from Minnesota midway through the season, Early stepped in as the starter at 157 lbs. during the second semester... Posted a 17-8 record with a 3-1 mark in dual meets... Registered a fifth-place finish at the MAC Championships, going 3-2... Took first place at the App State Open, going 4-0 on the day... Picked up three major decisions and one tech. fall victory.
2015-16: Redshirted at the University of Minnesota... Placed in three open tournaments, including a third-place finish at the Daktronics Open.
Prep: 2014 Illinois high school state champion, competing for Oak Park River Forest High School... Three-time state finalist... Two-time Junior National champion at Fargo... Ranked in the top 10 nationally at 145 lbs. as a senior... First four-time All-State selection in Oak Park River Forest history... Also played football and ran track in high school.
Personal: Son of Larry and Nikita Early.