2011-12 Season (Redshirt Sophomore): Dropped his only competition of the year, a 5-3 decision, to 12th-ranked Brent Haynes of Missouri at 197 pounds.
2010-11 Season (Sophomore): Did not compete ... redshirted his second season on The Farm.
2009-10 Season (Freshman): Stanford's starter at 197 pounds as a rookie ... posted a 17-18 overall record and a 9-10 mark in duals ... placed fifth at the Pac-10 Championships in Davis, Calif. ... contributed 35 dual points ... won Pool O of the Menlo Open to start the season ... went 3-2 at the Fullerton Open in mid-November ... finished 2-1 at the Spartan Duals in mid-January ... tallied three major decisions and a fall.
High School: A 2009 graduate of Elkhorn Area High School in Elkhorn, Wis. ... a three-sport athlete, lettered four years in wrestling and golf and twice in football ... captained the wrestling team in 2007-08 and 2008-09 and the football team in 2009 ... Southern Lakes Conference Wrestler of the Year as a senior, winning the conference championship in 2007-08 and 2008-09 ... the Division I state runner-up as a junior and senior, earning team MVP honors during both seasons ... member of the 2007 conference champion football team, garnering all-conference accolades in 2007 and 2008 ... also a part of three Southern Lakes Conference titles with the golf team.
Personal: Born in Waukesha, Wis. ... son of Steve and Debra Kessler ... has a sister, Sarah ... contemplating a profession in international business ... lists hunting as a hobby.