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  Ray Blake
Ray Blake

Player Profile
Chicago, IL

High School:


* 2006 Jake Gimbel Award Winner *

2005-06 Season (Senior): Captained the squad ... Tied the school record with 41 wins in his final campaign ... Earned his first trip to the NCAA Championships ... Named the 2006 Jake Gimbel Award Winner, which is presented to the male senior for Excellence of Attitude in Athletic Endeavor ... Earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention accolades ... Placed at six tournaments ... Won the title at the Central Missouri Open ... Took fifth place at Midlands ... Snagged third place at the Pac-10 Championships ... Notched a 17-5 major decision over top-seeded Joey Bracamonte of Oregon in the wrestleback semifinals ... Posted a technical fall in the third place match to secure his trip to Oklahoma City ... Started for the Cardinal at 165 pounds ... Went 10-2 during the dual season that included a 4-3 victory over 11th-ranked Pat Pitsch of Arizona State in Tempe ... Won his last seven dual matches to enter the Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 2 seed ... Finished the season with a No. 12 ranking from Intermat.

2004-05 Season (Junior): Finished the year with a 10-5 record, including a 3-0 mark in dual matches ... Earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention accolades ... Picked up a 5-4 win versus Lincoln's Emanuel Brooks at the Midlands Tournament before injury forced him to forfeit out of competition ... Took over the 157-pound slot at the Lone Star Dual for Gentry ... Scored three wins at in Texas as the Cardinal picked up a pair of victories against Air Force and Harvard ... Added an 11-1 major decision over Michigan's Charles Kalil, the only Cardinal wrestler to score a win against the Wolverines ... Finished in third place at the Menlo Invitational with a 5-1 record ... Posted a 12-3 victory over teammate Brian Perry in the consolation semifinals before tallying a 6-4 decision over Menlo College's Junior Liberal in the finals to take third ... Competed at 74 kg at the University Nationals in April ... Was knocked out of the main draw in the first round, but came back strong and posted six wins in the consolation bracket ... Came within one match of All-America honors at the U.S. National Championships in late April ... Won three bouts, including a 3-4, 2-1, 4-1 decision over Arizona State's Pitsch, who entered the 2005-06 season ranked No. 11.

2003-04 Season (Sophomore): Crowned Co-Champion at the Aggie Open with teammate Luis Vendrell at 149 pounds in January ... Posted four wins before dropping his final match by forfeit ... Scored three decisions and a major decision, including an 11-1 victory over UC Davis's Dan Murphree ... Posted a 5-2 win over Fresno State's Casey Olsen to advance to the finals against Vendrell ... Dropped his opening match, but then won six-straight bouts to place fourth at the Cal Open at 157 pounds in November ... In the consolation bracket, recorded a pin, a major decision and a 7-0 shutout en route to the wrestle-back championship match ... Placed eighth in the University Nationals in Freestyle at 163 pounds in the spring.

2002-03 Season (Redshirt): Redshirted the season.

2001-02 Season (Freshman): Competed at 141 pounds in several open tournaments during his rookie campaign ... Advanced to the quarterfinals at the Cal Open in November with a pair of victories at 141 pounds ... Scored a tech fall against George Bojorquez of Cal State Fullerton and a 7-2 decision over CSF's Kyle Bickford ... posted a 12-1 major decision over Travon Owens (Unattached) at the Aggie Open in January.

High School: Captured first place and third place in the Illinois State Tournament ... Complied a career record of 137-22 with 58 pins ... Finished his high school career ranked fifth nationally by InterMat ... Member of the elite Cliff Keen/Wrestling USA "Dream Team" in his senior year at 112 pounds ... Selected as the IWCOA Academic Wrestler of the Year ... Wrestled for Mark Gervais at Marist High School.

Personal: A Psychology major.

Blake's Year-by-Year Statistics





2002 Competed Unattached
2003 Redshirted
2004 Competed Unattached
2005 10-5 3-0 0 1
2006 41-1310-24 3
51-18 13-2 4 4

Last Updated: 6/15/06

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