2018-19: Competed unattached in open tournaments at 165 lbs and posted a 14-8 record.
Prep: Three-time Missouri State Champion.. 2018 Wrestling Class 2A Wrestler of the Year... NHSCA Sophomore All-American Fifth Place... Won the 2018 Team State Championship... 2017 Team Championship Runner-up... Posted a 145-6 record... Ranked 14th in the nation by WIN Magazine.
Personal: Son of Kirk and Kim Ekern... Has two brothers, Kamden and Karsten, and one sister Klaira... Was Mexico High School valedictorian... His dad played football at Missouri... Chose ODU over NIU, SIUE, Campbell and Missouri.
Why ODU? "Had the program I was interested in and seemed like the best fit with the group of guys and coaches I would be around."