~ 2003 NCAA QUALIFIER
Posted a record of 27-16 in his first season as the No. 1 heavyweight ... was an NCAA qualifier after finishing seventh at the Big Ten Championships ... had a 5-12 season record against NCAA qualifiers ... recorded a career-best six-match winning streak (12/28-1/12) ... opened the season with a pin against Carson-Newman?s Tom O?Neil (11/23) with one second remaining in the match ... took first place at the Orange Bowl Sunshine Open (12/28-29) and was named the tournament?s most outstanding wrestler ... recorded a career-fastest pin of 1:42 against Matt Michelsen of Augustana (12/28) ... won a 4-2 decision over NCAA-qualifier Mike Carroll of Drexel (1/18) ... overcame a nearfall and over a 2:00 riding time deficit to pin Indiana?s Joel Powers (2/7) at the 6:00 mark ... opened the Big Ten Championships with a 10-2 major decision over Illinois? Chris Little (3/8) ... defeated Michigan State?s John Wechter (3/9), 8-6, in the Big Ten seventh-place match to earn a berth to the NCAA Championships ... won his first NCAA Championships match, defeating Marc Allemang of Duquesne (3/20) by a 9-7 decision.
Posted an 18-12 record with six pins, predominantly in open action before the Big Ten season ... opened the Navy Classic (11/17) with a 5:09 fall of Kris Widegreen of Virginia Tech ... took fifth place at the Mat Town Invitational (11/24) ... won nine of his last 12 matches of the season, including one by major decision and two by fall.
Had a record of 7-8 in his initial season of competition ... was fifth at the Navy Classic (11/18) with a record of 4-2 ... defeated fifth-seeded Ben Fisher of Virginia Tech by decision (11-8) for the fifth-place spot ... recorded first collegiate pin vs. Nick Cadmus of Binghamton (1/14), a 3:48 fall.
Did not compete during initial season at Purdue.
Four-year letterwinner in wrestling while lettering three years in football at Sullivan High School ... placed fifth in the state as a senior, helping team to a sectional championship ... earned honorable mention academic all-state honors during senior year ... in football, was the team MVP and honorable mention all-state as a senior ... coached by his father, Erich Blevins.
Born on June 4, 1980, in Seymour, Ind. ... full name is Israel Mark Blevins ... son of Kathy and Erich Blevins ... has one brother, Gabe, and one sister, Carrie ... enjoys playing golf ... majoring in mathematics.