Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2015)
2015-16 (Redshirt Freshman)
Derek White went 8-3, and made two dual appearances, at 197 pounds with two technical falls. White's season was highlighted by a runner-up finish at the Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30), where he took down No. 12 Nate Rotert (South Dakota State) and No. 11 Phil Wellington (Ohio) before falling to No. 4 Nathan Burak (Iowa) in the finals. At the UNK Loper Open, White finished first.
White placed in three of his five open tournament appearances, and compiled a 15-4 record in the process. He finished first at the York College Open, second at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open and third at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open. White also wrestled at the Southern Scuffle and Grand View Open. On the season, he earned two pins, two technical falls and three major decisions.
White was a two-time state champion (2013, 2014) and 2011 runner-up at Edmond North in Oklahoma. An All-American, White won the Walsh Ironman, finished third at the 2013 Junior National Freestyle Championships in Fargo, N.D., and earned runner-up honors at the 2013 Super 32 Challenge. He was ranked fifth nationally among recruits at 195 pounds by InterMat. White was named a first-team all-state and all-conference member, while also being named all-city wrestler of the year.
Derek is the son of James and Deborah White, and has one sister, Bridget. He was born on Aug. 9, 1995, and is majoring in pre-cooperative education and claimed a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2015.