Weight: 157
Year: Senior
City/State: Schuyler, Neb.
High School: Schuyler


Honors & Awards

  • Four-Time Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014; Spring 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Fall 2010; Spring 2011*)

*-denotes perfect 4.0 grade-point average

2014-15 (Senior)
Regular Season
A team leader in the classroom, John Svoboda wrestled in two open tournaments and compiled a 4-3 record during his final season at Nebraska. He collected runner-up honors at the Hastings Cusatis Open after going 1-2 at the Cowboy Open. Svoboda had one major decision on the season.

2013-14 (Junior)
Regular Season
Svoboda went 0-1 at 157 pounds as a junior, falling to South Dakota State’s Cody Pack by pin on Nov. 24. Svoboda was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team following the season.

2012-13 (Sophomore)
Regular Season
Svoboda went 13-6 at 157 pounds, placing in two open tournaments. He opened the season with a sixth-place finish at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open and earned two of his four pins in 2012-13 at the Grand View Open, where he took fourth. Following the season, he was named to the academic All-Big Ten team for his efforts in the classroom.

2011-12 (Redshirt Freshman)
Regular Season
Svoboda produced a 24-10 record at 149 pounds, including an 0-1 dual mark. Svoboda recorded eight pins on the season, with his fastest coming in just 56 seconds. In addition, he had two major decision victories.

Svoboda had success in the classroom, earning a spot on the Academic All-Big Ten team. He was also named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll during the fall semester.

2010-11 (Redshirt)
Regular Season
Svoboda ended the season tied for eighth on the team with 24 victories, including five top-five finishes at open tournaments. He closed a 24-15 campaign with a pair of third-place finishes at the Grand View and Briar Cliff opens. Svoboda won nine of his final 12 matches to end the year, while collecting three of his eight total pins down the stretch. Svoboda’s eight pins ranked third on the team, while also having the quickest pin on the squad in 22 seconds.

Before Nebraska
Svodoba was a two-time runner-up at the Nebraska Class B state tournament (2008 and 2010). He was a four-time state qualifier at Schuyler High School and had a career record of 132-28 with 78 pins. He was named an Academic All-American three straight years (2008-10), while also finishing in the top three at state in his final three seasons.
Svoboda was a four-time letterwinner in both wrestling and football, in addition to being part of the National Honor Society.

John is the son of Dick and Linda Svoboda. He was born on Dec. 9, 1991, in David City, Neb. He has two brothers, Bill and David. John is majoring in agricultural economics and has earned Academic All-Big Ten honors on four occasions. He is an eight-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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