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2014-15: Paine was a valuable backup for the Pokes as a redshirt freshman. He recorded a 7-3 overall record with three major decisions. He placed third in both the Northwest Open and the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Open. He picked up a big win for the Pokes at Northern Colorado winning by major decision to help guide the Pokes to a win in the regular season finale.
2013-14: After some inconsistent performances early in the season, Paine flipped the switch late to place in his last two tournaments. He was second in the Rocky Mountain Open with three victories, and placed third in the U.S. Western National Open. He placed fourth in the UNC Old Chicago Open. He won three of four bouts to end his season.
Overall, Paine went 16-12 in his redshirt year, with one pin, one technical fall and three major decisions. Paine finished his season wrestling in the ASICS Junior National Championships in April, where he posted a 1-2 mark at 74 kilograms (163 pounds).
The 174-pound rookie racked up a 3.69 GPA in general studies to earn a spot on the Western Wrestling Conference Coaches' Honor Roll.
High School: Paine was a two-sport standout for Billings Senior. A three-time state placer in wrestling, he capped a perfect 47-0 senior season with the state AA title at 171 pounds. He was third as a junior and fourth as a sophomore.
Paine also won Class AA's quick-pin award at the state tourney and had 33 pins for the year, one short of the school's single-season record. In football, he was named a team captain.
He was a four-time Academic All-State wrestling selection and a two-time Academic All-State football honoree. He also was a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Paine was born in Billings, Mont., and he is the son of Mark and Teresa Paine. He has three siblings: Katie, A.J. and Anna. His brother A.J. played basketball at Montana Tech from 2008-12. He is pursuing a degree in biology at UW.