Ben Willeford
Ben Willeford
Weight: 125
Year: RS- Senior
Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
High School: St. Michael the Archangel
Position: 125


15-3 record competing unattached...Cleveland State Open Champion...Ashland Open Champion...Lake Erie Open Champion...1-2 at U.S. Senior Freestyle Open...3rd at Edinboro Open...8th place All-American at FILA University Nationals.


Is slated to redshirt this year.. was the EWL Champion in his 125 pound weight class as a three seed... became the first Viking to take home the EWL Championship crown since Rashard Goff won at heavyweight in 2009... represented CSU at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Des Moines, Iowa... posted a 23-18 record.. 23 wins tied him for the team lead... wrestled in two matches at the NCAA Tournament... tallied four pins, two tech falls, three major decisions, and 14 decisions on the season. 


Took fifth at 125 pounds at the 37th annual Eastern Wrestling League Championships, hosted by Clarion (March 4)…went 4-0 and won the title at the Cleveland State Open (Dec. 18)…after winning his weight class, he was named the EWL `Wrestler of the Week’ on Dec. 19…picked up 18 victories, nine of which came in dual meets…Went 2-2 at the Eastern Michigan Open (Nov. 5) after winning on a pair of decisions…picked up a 3-1 sudden victory against his opponent from Old Dominion at the Wrestle for a Cure Duals (Nov. 12)…Earned his first pin of the season in the home dual against John Carroll (Nov. 22)…Beat his opponent from Cumberland on an 8-3 decision at the Northern Illinois Quad Meet (Dec. 21)…went 2-2 with a pair of decision victories at the Southern Scuffle (Jan. 1).


Placed sixth as a true freshman at 125 pounds at the Eastern Michigan Open…was Cleveland State’s top finisher, placing fourth at the Eastern Wrestling League Championships…only Vikings to start a dual meet in his weight class…second on the team with four major decisions…recorded third fastest pin on the team (1:36)…many of his wins came against ranked opponents…earned first collegiate win in his Viking debut, claiming a 4-2 decision against John Carroll…recorded a win via fall to help Cleveland State defeat Gardner-Webb at the Indiana Quad.


Selected as an All-American as a senior…Greco-Roman Fargo All-American selection as a junior…owns Louisiana state record with 147 career pins…three-time city and state champ…member of high school squad that won the state championship in 2010, finished fourth in the state in 2008 and 2009, and fifth in 2007…finished with a career record of 192-17.


Born May 6, 1992 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana…son of Glenn Willeford and the late Tammy Willeford…psychology major.