After a successful career on the mat, Ben Jordan returns to the Wisconsin wrestling program in 2012-13 and will serve as a student assistant coach.
Honors and Awards: Earned All-America honors during the 2011-12 season (seventh place).
2011-12: Wisconsin's starter at 165 lbs. (ranked as high as No. 8) ... 28-12 record on the season, including two wins by pin and two by major decision ... had a 13-10 record against ranked opponents at 165 lbs. ... took third place at 165 lbs. at the 2011 Midlands Championships with a 6-1 record ... went 1-2 at the Big Ten championships at 165 lbs. ... earned All-America honors with a seventh place finish at the NCAA championships at 165 lbs. after going 5-2
2010-11: Wisconsin's starter at 174 lbs. (ranked as high as 12th) ... 16-13 record on the season (excludes open tournaments) ... 9-4 record in duals ... has three wins by pin and two by major decision ... won the Loras Open at 174 lbs. with a 4-0 record ... finished 3-2 at the 2010 Midlands Championships ... took sixth place at the Big Ten Championships at 174 lbs. with a 2-3 record .. went 0-2 at the NCAA Division I Championships
2009-10: Went 10-4 overall in open tournaments at 174 lbs. ... went 3-1 at the Loras Open to finish in second place at 174 lbs. ... won the UW Stevens Point Open at 174 lbs. with a 4-0 record ... went 3-3 at the Kaufman/Brand Elite to finish in fifth place
2008-09: One of four true freshmen to start for the Badgers ... went 8-16 overall, 5-12 in duals and 2-6 in Big Ten duals ... finished 1-2 at the Big Tens ... scored 16 dual points on the season ... emerged as Wisconsin's starter at 157 lbs. after placing second at the Pointer Open ... had a 5-8 overall, 3-6 dual record heading into conference action ... went 4-1 while wrestling unattached at the Pointer Open
High School: Three-time State Champion in Ohio ... state runner-up his junior season ... three-time team MVP ... compiled a 162-18 overall record over four years at St. Paris Graham ... 2006 Ironman runner-up ... ranked No. 4 at 145 lbs. in the InterMat Final All-Class High School Rankings of the 2007-08 school year
Personal: Major is undeclared ... parents are Jim and Polly Jordan ... father Jim (1985-1988) was a two-time NCAA Champion at Wisconsin and school record holder with 156 career wins ... Jim currently serves as a U.S. Congressman in Ohio ... uncle Jeff Jordan also wrestled at Wisconsin from 1983-86 ... has three siblings, Rachel, Jessie and Isaac ... brother Isaac is a freshman on the UW wrestling team ... sister Jessie is a sophomore on the UW women's golf team ... hobbies include hunting, fishing and ping-pong
Why Wisconsin? The coaches an environment gave me the best opportunity to be the best