|High School:||Richmond HS|
2018-19: Went from possibly redshirting to a spot at the NCAA Championships ... Worked a No. 6 seed at the Mid-American Conference Championship into an appearance in the Tournament finals ... Bested Buffalo's Jake Gunning 5-3 in the quarterfinals and pinned nationally-ranked Zach Elam of Missouri in the semifinals ... Gave a strong performance in SIUE's first-ever appearance in a MAC Tournament final, dropping a 12-7 decision to Central Michigan's Matt Stencel ... Led the Cougars in victories with 21 as well as falls with nine ... Had a 12-match winning streak at the end of the season halted by the loss in the MAC Finals ... Posted personal best 22-second pin against Missouri Baptist's Cory Flemming.
Prep: Projected 285-pounder for the Cougars and was runner-up in the 220-pound MHSAA Division 3 individual wrestling championship ... Placed all four years at state during his prep career, finishing second during his junior season, third his sophomore season and eighth his freshman season ... McKiernen is the younger brother of current SIUE wrestler Jake McKiernen and the son of Kevin and Jodi McKiernen.