Johnny

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Weight: 165
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Platte City, Mo.
High School: Platte County
Major: Business Administration

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • Two-Time Academic All-Big Ten Honoree (2018, 2019)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016, 2017)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2019)

2018-19 (Sophomore)
Regular Season – 165 pounds

  • 12-3 record overall (0-1 in duals)
  • Placed third at the Daktronics Open (Nov. 4)
  • Also finished third at the UNK Holiday Inn Open (Nov. 17)
  • T-1st at Doane Open (Dec. 8)
  • Finished second at the Hastings Cusatis Open (Jan. 5) with a 3-1 record

2017-18 (Redshirt Freshman)
Regular Season – 165 pounds

  • 20-9 record overall (0-1 in duals)
  • Bonus Points: one pin and four technical falls
  • Saw action in one dual
  • Went 5-0 on the way to the title at the Doane Open (Dec. 9)
  • Placed second at the Roger Denker Open (Jan. 21)
  • Took third in the elite division at the UNK Holiday Inn Open (Nov. 18)
  • Placed fourth at the Bob Smith Open (Dec. 3)
  • DNP at the Daktronics Open (Nov. 5)
  • DNP at the Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30)

2016-17 (Redshirt)
Regular Season – 165 pounds

  • 19-10 record overall
  • Bonus Points: seven pins, one technical fall and one major decision
  • Tied for third at the UNK Holiday Inn Open (Nov. 19)
  • Went 5-1 at the Hastings Cusatis Open en route to a third-place finish (Jan. 7)

Before Nebraska

  • Wrestled at Platte County High School in Platte City, Mo., under Coach Reggie Burress
  • Ranked 13th nationally at 160 pounds in the FloRankings
  • Two-time state champion; three-time state finalist
  • Four-time all-state member
  • Runner-up at the 2014 Fargo Junior Cadet Nationals (152)
  • Finished sixth at the 2015 Cadet Freestyle (69 kg)
  • Finished third at the 2014 USA Wrestling Folkstyle (145)
  • Three-time Academic All-State; National Honor Society member
  • Second-team all-state linebacker (2015)
  • First-team all-conference linebacker (2015) and safety (2014)
  • Former Husker wrestler Tony Purler was his coach before high school

Personal

  • Born: Jan. 10, 1998
  • Parents: Jerre and Patricia Blankenship
  • Major: Business Administration

Career Statistics

Year Overall Dual Pins TF MD NCAA Big Ten
2016-17* 19-10 0-0 7 1 1 -- --
2017-18 20-9 0-1 1 4 0 -- --
2018-19 15-4 0-1 2 2 2 -- --
Career 35-13 0-2 3 6 2 0-0 0-0

*Redshirt season does not count in career totals

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