Pat Downey brings a wealth of experience to the Huskers by winning national tournaments in addition to state championships. Downey is expected to compete for the starting spot at 184 pounds with TJ Dudley and Aaron Studebaker.
Downey spent the last two years at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., winning the three most prestigious national tournaments after sitting out his senior season of high school. Downey won the NHSCA Senior Nationals at 189 pounds, the USAW Junior Nationals at 171 pounds and the FILA Junior Nationals at 184 pounds. In addition, he earned the silver medal at the 2012 FILA Junior World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand.
Downey capped his high school career with back-to-back state titles in Maryland. He won his first state title as a sophomore at 160 pounds for Loch Raven, capping an undefeated 35-0 season. As a junior, he compiled a perfect 34-0 record en route a second consecutive state title, this time for North County at 171 pounds. As a freshman, Downey earned a third-place finish at 145 pounds while wrestling at Mount St. Joseph.
James Patrick Downey III is the son of Patrick and Tia Downey and has two sisters, Marissa and Jasmine. Pat was born on Aug. 7, 1992, and is majoring in business administration.