Nebraska Wrestling program looks to continue its long standing success as one of the most prestigious and successful programs in the country. The Huskers have been members of the Big Ten Conference for three years and completed its first season back at the Devaney Center in 2013-14. Head Coach Mark Manning has continued a long line of success in his 14 seasons at the helm of the Huskers. With hard work and a dedication to excellence, Manning has developed a program that consistently competes with the nation’s best.
Since its inaugural season in 1910-11, Nebraska has earned 654 dual victories, including 187 wins over the past 14 years under Manning. Since Manning's arrival, the Huskers have finished in the top 12 at the NCAA Championships eight times and have racked up 36 All-America honors, including four individual national titles. In 2014, James Green and Robert Kokesh each earned All-America honors in addition to winning Big Ten titles.
One reason NU has been able to develop such a successful program is its top-notch facilities. In October 2011, the Husker wrestling program moved into the state-of-the-art Hendricks Training Complex, which provides four full-sized practice mats, new office suites and new areas for both strength and conditioning and athletic medicine. From the Devaney Center to the state-of-the-art weight room in the Osborne Athletic Complex, Nebraska provides its wrestling program with the necessary environment for success.
Nebraska has produced 11 national champions, including five since 2000. In addition, Husker wrestlers have earned a total of 95 All-America honors in the history of the program, including 36 since Head Coach Mark Manning took the reins of the program in 2000.
22 Huskers are members of Nebraska’s 100-win club, including Robert Kokesh who entered the club during the 2013-14 campaign.
Numerous Nebraska wrestlers have continued their careers on the international stage after their time with the Huskers. At least three former NU wrestlers have represented the United States at the FILA World Championships each of the last seven years.
Husker wrestlers have won 17 medals at the championships, including titles by Bill Scherr in 1985, Rulon Gardner in 2001, and Jordan Burroughs in 2011 and 2013. Burroughs wasted no time after his college career to make his mark on the international wrestling scene by winning the 74 kilogram/163 pound title at his first World Championships in September 2011. He followed it up with a repeat in 2013 in Budapest, Hungary. Brad Vering was named the 2007 Greco-Roman Wrestler of the Year by USA Wrestling after his silver-medal performance at the 2007 FILA World Championships.
Nebraska wrestling has climbed its way into the Olympic spotlight during the past several Olympic Games. Former Huskers who have continued their careers on the international stage include two-time Olympic medalist Rulon Gardner, who won a gold medal in 2000 and a bronze in 2004 in Greco-Roman. Overall, seven Nebraska wrestlers have participated on seven U.S. Olympic teams and claimed six medals. Jordan Burroughs became the second Husker wrestler to win a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics by winning the 74kg (163 lbs.) freestyle competition.