UNC Wrestling Bio
 Joey Ward
Ward Ward 852702

2015-16: Earned All-America honors for the first time in his career by placing seventh at 141 pounds at the 2016 NCAA Championships in New York • Finished 23-6 on the year, including a 10-2 mark in dual competition • Placed third at the ACC Championships • Also took third at the Southern Scuffle with wins over No. 13 Randy Cruz of Lehigh and No. 11 Thomas Thorn of Minnesota • Those were the first of his seven wins over ranked opponents on the year, including a sudden victory win over No. 1 Dean Heil of Oklahoma State, Heil's lone loss of the season • Had 10 bonus-point wins - six major decisions and four technical falls • Avenged an earlier loss to No. 3 Kevin Jack of NC State at NCAAs, beating the Wolfpack All-American 3-2 in the blood round to wrap up a top-8 finish • Bested No. 16 Cruz of Lehigh in sudden victory to take seventh place • Did not lose a match to an opponent outside of the top 12 in the national rankings.

2014-15: Finished 28-8 overall and 13-2 in duals at 141 pounds as a redshirt sophomore • Went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships as the No. 12 seed with wins over Mike Pongracz of Chattanooga and Steven Rodrigues of Illinois • Fell to 13-seed Randy Cruz of Lehigh one match short of the blood round • Finished as the ACC runner-up at 141 after defeating eventual All-America finisher Kevin Jack of NC State 6-1 in the semifinals • Won the Roadrunner Open with a 4-0 performance • Also finished second at the Hokie Open and fifth at the Southern Scuffle • Beat No. 15 Dean Heil of Oklahoma State in dual action • Finished the season with a pin, five major decisions and two tech falls • Opened the season with wins in 15 of 16 matches.

2013-14: Went 12-1 with a pin, four major decisions and two tech falls in his redshirt year.

2012-13: NCAA qualifier at 133 pounds • Finished with a 21-13 record that includes a 9-3 mark in duals and a pair of ACC wins • Had three pins and four wins by major decision • Took second at the Hokie Open with five wins • Also finished fourth at the Wolfpack Open and seventh at the Nittany Lion Open • Defeated Daryl Thomas of Illinois in the opening round of the NCAA Championships.

Prep: Two-time Ohio State Champion • 2012 Ohio State Tournament MVP • Ranked sixth in the nation • Two-time Ironman placer • Placed third in the Super 32 Tournament • Also played baseball and soccer for two years • Posted a record of 182-21 overall • Member of the National Honor Society • Graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

Personal: Joey Daniel Ward is the son of Joe and Beth Ward • Born July 21, 1993, in Columbus, Ohio • Has two brothers, Jacoby and Jordan, and a sister, Camryn Gresham.

Weight: 141
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
High School: Moeller
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