2011-12 REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE: Overall Record: 32-2 Dual Meet Record: 15-2 Big Ten Record: 8-0 Pins: 7 Major Decisions: 2 Technical Falls: 0
2012 NCAA Heavy National Champion All-American Defeated 2011 NCAA champion Zach Rey of Lehigh in the finals by a 4-1 decision Named Best Male Athlete of the Year at the 2012 Golden Goldy's Awarded the Most Outstanding Wrestler on the team Big Ten Champion Finished the season 32-2 overall and 25 consecutive wins Second on the team with eight falls Posted a perfect 8-0 record in Big Ten dual matches Defeated Peter Sturgeon of Central Michigan in the second round of the NCAA's by a 6-0 decision to erase a previous loss earlier in the season Gave up just four points at the NCAA's Outscored his opponents 150-55 on the season One of four captains who posted 30 or more wins on the year Started off the season with a Bison Open title Posted a 4-0 record at the Bison Open to win the heavyweight title Picked up wins over No. 4 Cameron Wade of Penn State (5-0) and No. 20 Matthew Gibson of Iowa State (4-0) Defeated Oregon State's Clayton Jack to earn the Southern Scuffle (T.N.) championship Posted a perfect 8-0 record against regular season Big Ten opponents, highlighted by victories over No. 17 Peter Capone of Ohio State, No. 11 Ben Apland of Michigan, and No. 9 Tucker Lane of Nebraska Went 2-0 at the National Duals, including a sudden victory over Kent State's Brendan Barlow (5-4) Letterwinner.
2010-11 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN: Overall Record: 33-8 Dual Meet Record: 13-4 Big Ten Record: 4-3 Pins: 2 Major Decisions: 3 Technical Falls: 0
All-American as a freshman, finished seventh at the NCAA national championships Co-Most Outstanding Freshman team award winner with Kevin Steinhaus Finished 33-8 overall with a record of 13-4 in duals matches and 4-3 in Big Ten matches Recorded two pins and three major decisions Opened the year with a pair of individual championships at the Bison Open and the Kaufman-Brand Open, finishing with a combined record of 8-0 Finished third at the Southern Scuffle with a 6-1 record Won the National Duals after beating Stryker Lane of Cornell in the semi-finals and Wisconsin's Eric Bugenhagen in the championship match Finished second at the 2011 Big Ten Championships Earned first letter.
Went 9-0 at heavyweight in his first season in the maroon and gold competing solely in open meets, joining Jayson Ness as the only Gophers to finish the season unbeaten Won three matches by fall and one by major decision Went 3-0 and was champion at the Duhawk Open beating Blake Rasing of Iowa 8-7 for the Championship Went 4-0 at the Dragon Open, winning his first three matches by fall, and beating Tim Johnson of MSU Moorhead 4-2 in the Championship match Opened the season with a split Championship at the Bison Open, going 2-0 share champion honors with Ben Berhow.
HIGH SCHOOL: 2009 graduate of Cambridge-Isanti High School Nation's top prospect at 215 lbs. Two-time Minnesota State champion (197, Hwt.) 2009 Minnesota Class AAA state champion with a 47-0 record, including a staggering 35 wins by fall Captured the 2009 National Wrestling Championship in the 215-pound class with a 6-0 mark during the tournament Tallied three pins in the tournament including the National Championship match with a fall in 30 seconds State tournament place-winner as a junior and a sophomore, finishing as the runner-up in 2008 after recording a third-place finish in 2007 Also won more than 40 bouts in each of the final three seasons of his prep career, going 44-3 as a junior and 41-6 as a sophomore Concluded high school career with an impressive 141-18 record as a prep, including 80 victories by fall Named an academic All-American for his success in the classroom Also starred on the gridiron as a standout defensive end and linebacker 2008 Mississippi Eight Conference Linebacker of the Year Collected 112 tackles, including 20 for losses Earned all-metro and all-conference accolades, and received honorable mention all-state recognition from The Associated Press Finished his three-year football career with 259 tackles.
PERSONAL: Born Sep. 27, 1990 Son of Todd and Sandi Nelson Has one brother Evan (22) and two sisters Kelli (21) and Grace (16) Majoring in engineering Lists winning national titles in both freestyle and folkstyle as his greatest sports thrills.