One of the more accomplished wrestlers in Kent State University history, Thompson was a product of the dominant Walsh Jesuit High School teams in the 1990s, where he garnered All-America status at 119 pounds after placing seventh at the national high school tournament. As a senior, he went 36-2 en route winning the Ohio Division I state title, after claiming the conference and district championships. In addition, he was the state runner-up as a sophomore and finished third as a junior. At Kent State, earned Mid-American Conference Co-Freshman of the Year Accolades in 1998 after claiming the conference title at 118 pounds. After moving up to 125 pounds, won three more MAC titles, capping his career by being named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the 2001 MAC Championships. Only Kent State wrestler in the 82-year history of the program to win four conference titles. Compiled a four-year record of 81-27 - including a 23-5 mark as a senior - and was a four-time NCAA qualifier.