Stanford vs. Michigan - Nov. 18, 2012. Photos by Bob Drebin
2011-12 Season (Freshman): Redshirted his first season on The Farm ... wrestled unattached in four tournament finishing with a 6-7 overall record at 197 pounds ... went 1-2 at the Roadrunner Open, 0-2 at the Reno Tournament of Champions, 1-2 at Midlands and placed third at the California Collegiate Open (4-1).
High School: A 2011 graduate of Winnebago High School in Winnebago, Ill. ... lettered four times in wrestling, three times in football, and twice in track ... captained the wrestling team for three years and the football team during his senior year ... football team made it to the state playoffs three times in 2007, 2009, and 2010 ... track team went to the state playoffs three times in 2008 (third), 2009 (second), and 2010 ... a four-time all-conference and all-state wrestler ... two-time state champion ... a 2011 All-American ... holds school wrestling records in wins, pins, and most take downs in a season.
Personal: Son of Martin and Brenda Sojka ... his father was an offensive lineman for Central College ... his mother was on the national championship track team for Central College ... has two older sisters, Nicole and Jen, and one older brother, Marcus ... contemplating a profession as a doctor, politician, or engineer ... enjoys fishing, hunting, and hanging out with friends ... was a class president, class officer, Wyse team member, and four-year member of the band during high school ... full name is Michael Joseph Sojka.