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Tim Lambert
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Tim Lambert 818309
Weight: 125
Year: Senior
Hometown: Forest Hills, Mich.
High School: Forest Hills Eastern

Honors & Awards

  • Three-Time NCAA Championships Qualifier (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • NWCA All-Academic Team (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Three-Time Academic All-Big Ten (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014, 2015)
  • Nebraska Most Dedicated Award (2013-14)
  • Nebraska Redshirt of the Year (2012-13)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012, 2013, 2014*, 2015*; Spring 2013, 2014, 2016*)

*-denotes perfect 4.0 grade-point average

2015-16 (Junior)
NCAA Championships
Tim Lambert went 2-2 at 125 pounds in his third NCAA Championships showing. He opened with a 14-3 major decision over Drexel's Zachary Fuentes before falling to No. 4 seed Thomas Gilman of Iowa in the second round. In the consolation bracket, Lambert defeated NC State's Sean Fausz, 7-2, but was eliminated after a 5-4 loss to 11th-seeded Ronnie Bresser of Oregon State.

Big Ten Championships
Lambert finished fourth at the conference tournament with a 3-2 showing. Lambert won each of his first two matches by bonus points, outscoring Maryland's Michael Beck and Indiana's Elijah Oliver by a combined score of 29-1. Each of Lambert's losses came to the top two wrestlers in the country, Nathan Tomasello and Thomas Gilman. Between those losses, Lambert defeated Michigan's Conor Youtsey, 7-1.

Regular Season
Lambert went 25-11 at 125 pounds, which included an 11-6 dual record. He earned five pins, two technical falls and four major decisions. Lambert took third place at the Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30) with a 5-1 mark that included one pin. In addition, he tied for first at the Daktronics Open (Nov. 1), pinning two of his four opponents. 

2014-15 (Sophomore)
NCAA Championships
Lambert made his second NCAA Championships appearance and went 1-2 at 125 pounds. He lost a 10-6 decision to No. 2 seed Nahshon Garrett of Cornell in the first round, but responded with a 9-1 major decision against 15th-seeded Chasen Tolbert of Virginia. Lambert was eliminated by Michigan’s Conor Youtsey after dropping a 10-7 decision in the following round.

Big Ten Championships
Lambert finished sixth at the Big Ten Championships with a 3-3 showing. After defeating Rutgers’ Sean McCabe in the first round, the Husker sophomore fell to No. 10 Jordan Conaway of Penn State, 7-4. Lambert won each of his next two bouts, which included a 27-second pin against Northwestern’s Garrison White. Lambert fell to No. 2 Jesse Delgado of Illinois and Youtsey by narrow margins to close out his tournament.

Regular Season
Lambert compiled a 26-12 mark, which included a 13-2 dual record. During NU’s dominating run in dual competition from Jan. 9 to Feb. 21, Lambert won nine of 10 bouts. On the season, he recorded two pins, three technical falls and six major decisions. Lambert took runner-up honors at the Cowboy Open and finished fifth at the Southern Scuffle.

2013-14 (Redshirt Freshman)
NCAA Championships
Lambert went 2-2 at 125 pounds in his first showing at the NCAA Championships. After opening with a 5-1 decision over Binghamton’s David White, Lambert narrowly lost a 7-5 decision to fifth-seeded Dylan Peters of Northern Iowa. Lambert bounced back in the consolation bracket with a 7-3 victory over Virginia’s Nick Herrmann before being eliminated by Darian Cruz of Lehigh, 7-4.

Big Ten Championships
Lambert pinned Ohio State’s Nick Roberts in the fifth-place match in 4:24 en route to a 4-2 showing at the conference tournament. Lambert’s only losses of the tournament came to top-10 opponents Cory Clark of Iowa and Ryan Taylor of Wisconsin. Lambert opened with a major decision before adding a pair of decisions over Indiana’s Alonzo Shepherd and Purdue’s Camden Eppert in the consolation bracket.

Regular Season
Lambert completed his first season in the Nebraska lineup with a 24-13 record at 125 pounds, highlighted by three pins, two technical falls and five major decisions. He collected runner-up honors at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open and Reno Tournament of Champions, while going 9-5 in duals. Lambert posted victories in his first five dual matches before falling by sudden victory to Wyoming’s Tyler Cox in January.

Lambert responded to the loss with bonus-point wins in his next two matches before suffering a 2-1 loss to then-No. 3 Thomas Gilman of Iowa. Lambert notched a pair of victories the following weekend before falling to three consecutive ranked opponents to close the dual season. A leader in the classroom, Lambert collected Academic All-Big Ten and NWCA All-Academic Team honors, while being named to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. At Nebraska’s season-ending banquet, Lambert was named Most Dedicated of the Year.

2012-13 (Redshirt)
Regular Season
Lambert earned Nebraska Redshirt of the Year following a 19-3 season at 125 pounds and four open tournament titles. Following a first-place finish at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open, Lambert defeated No. 15 Ryak Finch of Iowa State, 5-2, at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open. Lambert finished second after losing the following match. He bounced back by winning the next two tournaments, the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open and UNK Loper Open, and closed the season with the Viking-Warrior Open crown. Lambert pinned six opponents and notched six major decisions.

Before Nebraska
Lambert wrestled at Forest Hills Eastern, where he won over 200 matches and finished in the Division 3 top five on three occasions. As a junior, Lambert finished third for the Hawks, while taking second during his sophomore season and fifth as a freshman. In addition, Lambert earned a fourth-place finish at the 2012 InterMat Junior Freestyle All-Americans. During the summer of 2011, Lambert made a strong showing at Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D., pinning Cory Clark from Iowa to take third-place honors. Lambert owns the Michigan state high school record for most three-point nearfalls in a season with 125 in 2010-11, breaking his own record of 109 which he established in 2009-10.

Personal
The son of Brian and Diann Lambert, Tim was born on June 26, 1994. He is majoring in fisheries and wildlife, and is a seven-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Lambert is also a three-time NWCA All-Academic Team member, a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and two-time Tom Osborne Citizenship Team member.

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