Weight: 125
Year: Senior
City/State: Kimball, Neb.
High School: Kimball


Honors & Awards

  • Three-Time Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2012; Spring 2012, 2014, 2015)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Fall 2010; Spring 2011)
  • Nebraska Granite Award (2010-11)

2013-14 (Senior)
Big Ten Championships
Shawn Nagel's collegiate career came to an end after a 10-1 loss to Michigan's Rossi Bruno in the 133-pound ninth-place match of the Big Ten Championships. Bruno also took down Nagel in the first round before the Husker senior dropped a 9-4 decision to Penn State's Jimmy Gulibon. Nagel managed a 6-1 decision over Indiana's Joe Duca in the consolation bracket to get into the ninth-place match.

Regular Season
Nagel posted three top-five tournament finishes at 133 pounds, capturing the U.S. Western National Open crown with three bonus-point wins. He finished second at the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open after taking fifth place at the season-opening Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open. Nagel's first dual appearance of the season came on Jan. 11 as he won a 6-3 decision over Penn's Ken Bade.

Nagel went 3-4 in duals overall, with his final two wins coming by fall. He pinned then-No. 14 Cashe Quiroga of Purdue and Wisconsin's Matt Cavallaris. Nagel earned six pins on the season to go along with one technical fall and two major decisions.

2012-13 (Junior)
Big Ten Championships
Nagel finished eighth at 133 pounds, going 1-3 in four closely contested matches at the Big Ten Championships. Following a 5-3 loss to Michigan’s Rossi Bruno in the first round, Nagel bounced back with a 10-9 decision over Purdue’s Cashe Quiroga in the consolation bracket. Nagel fell at the hands of Minnesota’s Chris Dardanes and Michigan’s Rossi Bruno in the subsequent two matches.

Regular Season
Nagel compiled a 16-17 record in 2012-13, which included a 6-10 dual mark. He finished first at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open and Viking-Warrior Open. Nagel came up big in Nebraska’s Jan. 11 match at No. 11 Michigan when he pinned Rossi Bruno in 2:14 and propelled the Huskers to a 20-19 win. Nagel added a major decision the following night at No. 17 Northwestern.

At season’s end, Nagel was named to the Academic All-Big Ten list for his work in the classroom.

2011-12 (Sophomore)
Big Ten Championships
Nagel drew No. 1 seed Matt McDonough of Iowa at 125 pounds in the first round. Nagel was pinned in 1:59 to drop the match and head to the loser’s bracket. After a bye in the loser’s bracket first round, Nagel dropped a 7-2 decision to Purdue’s Camden Eppert to end the season.

Regular Season
Nagel went 6-21 during his sophomore season at 125 pounds, including 4-15 in duals. He started the season with back-to-back losses before notching back-to-back victories by decision. The first was a 10-4 win over North Carolina’s Brian Bokoski and the latter was a 5-4 victory over Navy’s Patrick Prada. Nagel went 1-2 at the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open, with a 17-1 technical fall of Bethany’s Brandon Goodwin.

Nagel also went 1-2 at the Cliff Keen Invitational with his lone victory coming in a 4-0 decision over Navy’s Patrick Prada. Nagel pinned Arizona State’s Dalton Miller in 1:26 and recorded one major decision on the season.

In the classroom, Nagel earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, while also being named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll during both semesters.

2010-11 (Freshman)
Regular Season
Nebraska’s 2010-11 Granite Award winner, Nagel was the only Husker true freshman to compete in dual action. Nagel finished the year with a 17-11 overall mark, while going 0-7 in dual competition. Four of those seven losses came against nationally ranked opponents. Nagel reeled off six straight victories to open the season at the Cowboy Open. He secured a third-place finish after dropping his opening-round match. At the UNK Loper open, Nagel went 5-2 to finish fifth. Nagel’s best tournament came at the Briar Cliff Open to conclude his year. He won all four of his matches, two by pin, to take home the tournament title. For the season, Nagel pinned nine of his opponents, which trailed only Robert Kokesh among the Huskers. Nagel also produced two technical falls and two major decisions for a total of 13 bonus-point victories.

Before Nebraska
A three-time Class C state champion and one-time runner-up, Nagel ended his career by being named the 2010 Nebraska Wrestler of the Year. Nagel was undefeated in his last three seasons and owned a 147-3 career record at Kimball High School. He was a four-time member of the first-team all-region squad. He also earned all-league honors four times along with being tabbed the Western Trails Conference Most Outstanding Wrestler all four years.

Nagel was on the Principal’s Merit Honor Roll along with being a member of the National Honor Society. Nagel won four letters in wrestling, track and cross country throughout his high school career.

Shawn is the son of Bob and Carrie Nagel and was born on Nov. 1, 1991 in Scottsbluff, Neb. He has an older sister, Shayla. Shawn is majoring in biology and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He is a five-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and a two-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

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