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2014-15: Despite suffering a career-ending injury, Ford will serve as a student assistant on the UW wrestling staff. His older brother McCade is the squad's assistant director of player development.
2013-14: Ford missed most of his redshirt freshman season due to injury, but recovered in time to wrestle in the Utah Valley Open on Jan. 11. Wrestling at 141 pounds, he posted a 4-1 mark to place third in the bracket. He racked up a fall in his first match of the season, pinning Jesse Bassett of Western Wyoming in 4:40.
He was named to the Western Wrestling Conference Coaches' Honor Roll, finishing with a 3.26 GPA in animal science. He made his second-consecutive honor roll appearance.
2012-13: In his first season of collegiate wrestling, Ford went 10-7 in four open tournaments. The true freshman tallied two pins, two major decisions and one technical fall, wrestling unattached. He was 4-2 in the Cowboy Open to begin his season. Ford was 1-1 versus conference opponents, and finished the campaign with a 3-2 mark in the Utah Valley Open.
He was recognized by the UW coaching staff at the year-end banquet for keeping a GPA above 3.0 for the season.
High School: Ford capped his high school wrestling career off with a state title in his senior season, after finishing second and third in previous seasons. He earned All-State and All-Region honors in football and wrestling, and was a National Honor Society and Academic All-State honoree.
Personal: Ford was born in Payson, Utah, and he is the son of Shayne and Robbie Ford. He has two siblings, McCade and Ciara. McCade wrestled for the Cowboys from 2011-13. He has had four uncles who competed in collegiate sports. Ford intends to study pre-veterinary medicine at UW.