Colton

McCrystal

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Weight: 149
Year: Senior
Hometown: Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
High School: Sergeant Bluff-Luton
Major: Psychology

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • Two-Time NCAA Championships Qualifier (2017, 2018)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014; Spring 2015)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015)

2017-18 (Senior)
NCAA Championships – DNP (2-2) – 149 pounds

  • First Round: Lost to Jarrett Degen (Iowa State) by decision, 9-5
  • Cons. First Round: Defeated Tyshawn Williams (SIU Edwardsville) by decision, 5-2
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated #14 Beau Donahue (NC State) by decision, 10-4
  • Cons. Third Round: Lost to #6 Justin Oliver (Central Michigan) by decision, 5-2

Big Ten Championships – 4th (4-2) – 149 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated #13 Jwan Britton (Michigan State) by major decision, 17-5
  • Quarterfinals: Lost to #5 Ke-Shawn Hayes (Ohio State) by decision, 7-6
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated #11 Austin Nash (Purdue) by pin, 2:44
  • Cons. Quarterfinals: Defeated #9 Steve Bleise (Minnesota) by decision, 8-5
  • Cons. Semifinals: Defeated #3 Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) by medical forfeit
  • Third-Place Match: Lost to #5 Ke-Shawn Hayes (Ohio State) by decision, 7-5

Regular Season - 149 pounds

  • 23-7 record overall (10-2 in duals)
  • Bonus points: six pins, two technical falls and five major decisions
  • Won Daktronics Open title with a 4-0 record (Nov. 5)
  • Finished sixth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 1-2)
  • Defeated eight ranked wrestlers on the season; six of his seven losses were to top-six opponents
  • His six pins in all competitions tied for second among NU starters; 13 wins by bonus points ranked second among NU starters

2016-17 (Junior)
NCAA Championships – Round of 12 (3-2) – 141 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Noah Forrider (Ohio) by decision, 7-1
  • Second Round: Lost to #8 Jaydin Eierman (Missouri) by decision, 9-6
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated Mike Longo (Oklahoma) by major decision, 12-4
  • Cons. Third Round: Defeated #16 Jared Prince (Navy) by decision, 8-5
  • Cons. Fourth Round: Lost to #14 Tommy Thorn (Minnesota) by decision, 10-6

Big Ten Championships – 3rd (5-1) – 141 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Ryan Diehl (Maryland) by major decision, 16-3
  • Second Round: Lost to #12 Luke Pletcher (Ohio State) by decision, 6-4
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated Cole Weaver (Indiana) by major decision, 16-5
  • Cons. Quarterfinals: Defeated Cole Martin (Wisconsin) by decision, 10-5
  • Cons. Semifinals: Defeated #11 Tommy Thorn (Minnesota) by decision, 15-9
  • Third-Place Match: Defeated #12 Luke Pletcher (Ohio State) by decision, 6-2

Regular Season – 141 pounds

  • 34-11 record overall (11-5 in duals)
  • Bonus Points: three pins, four technical falls and 10 major decisions
  • Finished third at the Daktronics Open (Nov. 6)
  • Won Harold Nichols Cyclone Open title (Nov. 13)
  • DNP at the Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30)
  • Scored three team points at the NCAA Championships
  • Had the second-most wins (34) and second-most major decisions (10) among Husker starters
  • 17 of his 34 wins were by bonus points

2015-16 (Sophomore)
Regular Season - 133/141 pounds

  • 10-3 record overall (3-0 in duals)
  • Bonus Points: three pins, one technical fall and two major decisions
  • Won the Hastings Cusatis Open title (Jan. 9)
  • Runner-up at the Daktronics Open (Nov. 1)
  • DNP at the Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30)

2014-15 (Redshirt)
Regular Season - 141 pounds

  • 24-5 record overall
  • Bonus Points: 10 pins, six technical falls and four major decisions
  • Won the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open title (Nov. 22)
  • Won the York College Open title (Dec. 13)
  • Won the Briar Cliff Open title (Feb. 7)
  • Tied for first at the Hastings Cusatis Open (Jan. 10)
  • Finished fourth at the Grand View Open (Jan. 31)
  • Finished sixth at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open (Nov. 2)

2013-14 (Freshman)
Big Ten Championships - DNP (0-2) - 141 pounds

  • First Round: Lost to #2 Zain Retherford (Penn State) by major decision, 8-0
  • Cons. First Round: Lost to Steven Rodrigues (Illinois) by decision, 6-1

Regular Season - 133/141 pounds

  • 16-15 record overall (6-7 in duals)
  • Bonus Points: five pins and two major decisions
  • First six dual appearances were at 133 pounds (5-1 record)
  • Finished third at the U.S. Western National Open (Feb. 23)
  • Finished eighth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 6-7)
  • DNP at the Reno Tournament of Champions (Dec. 22)

Before Nebraska

  • Wrestled at Sergeant Bluff-Luton in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
  • As a senior in 2013, he went 50-0 en route to the state title at 132 pounds
  • As a junior in 2012, he won the state title at 126 pounds
  • As a sophomore in 2011, he took runner-up honors at 112 pounds
  • As a freshman in 2010, he took runner-up honors at 103 pounds
  • 193-8 career record

Personal

  • Born: May 23, 1995
  • Parents: Jim and Leah McCrystal
  • Sister: Cristina
  • Major: Psychology

Career Results

Year Overall Dual Pins TF MD NCAA Big Ten
2013-14 16-15 6-7 5 0 2 -- DNP (0-2)
2014-15* 24-5 0-0 10 6 4 -- --
2015-16 10-3 3-0 3 1 2 -- --
2016-17 34-11 11-5 3 4 10 Rd of 12 (3-2) 3rd (5-1)
2017-18 23-7 10-2 6 2 5 DNP (2-2) 4th (4-2)
Career 83-36 30-14 17 7 19 5-4 9-5

*Redshirt season does not count in career totals

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