Career Highlights: The oldest member of the USA wrestling team headed to London, Byers will also be the most accomplished U.S. wrestler there. A national team member for the last 11 years and 12 overall, Byers finished seventh in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics. He won gold at the 2002 world championships and took bronze in 2007 and silver at the 2009 worlds. He's made eight total appearances at the world championships and finished 24th in the competition in 2011. Byers is a member of the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete program and holds the rank of staff sergeant. He attended Kings Mountain High School, where he was the 1993 North Carolina state champion and earned a scholarship to North Carolina A&T, where he studied animal science. Byers is a three-time USA Wrestling Greco-Roman wrestler of the year (1999, 2002, 2009) who enjoys reading, traveling and riding motorcycles. While he’s enjoyed plenty of success in his career, Byers is on a hot streak heading into London - in the last eight months, he’s won the Sunkist Kids International Open, the New York Athletic Club International, the Dave Schulz Memorial International and the Olympic qualification tournament. In addition to his 2008 experience, Byers served as Rulon Gardner’s training partner for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.