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TJ Dudley
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TJ Dudley 814963
Other Position: 184/197
Weight: 184
Year: Junior
Hometown: Irmo, S.C.
High School: Irmo

Honors & Awards

  • Nebraska Male Athlete of the Year (2016)
  • Nebraska Most Outstanding Wrestler (2015-16)
  • Nebraska Lifter of the Year (2015-16)
  • Two-Time NCAA All-American (8th, 184, 2015; 2nd, 184, 2016)
  • Three-Time NCAA Championships Qualifier (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014, 2015)

2015-16 (Junior)
NCAA Championships
TJ Dudley took runner-up honors at 184 pounds to earn All-America status for the second consecutive year. Dudley, the No. 7 seed, opened with a major decision against Stanford's Garet Krohn. Dudley knocked off 10th-seeded Nate Brown of Lehigh in the second round, 7-3, before defeating No. 2 seed Sammy Brooks of Iowa, 9-6. 

In the semifinals, Dudley avenged a loss from earlier this season when he took down No. 14 seed Willie Miklus of Missouri by a 12-4 major decision. In the finals, Dudley lost to top-seeded Gabe Dean of Cornell, 5-3.

Big Ten Championships
Dudley finished second at 184 pounds, going 3-1 at the Big Ten Championships. He pinned Michigan State's Shwan Shadaia in the first round, then won by decision over No. 20 Nick Gravina of Rutgers and No. 2 Dom Abounader of Michigan, 4-1. Dudley fell to No. 13 Sammy Brooks of Iowa in the finals, 6-4.

Regular Season
Dudley went 24-7 at 184 pounds, which included a 13-4 mark in duals. He recorded seven pins, one technical fall and three major decisions during the course of the season. Dudley went 6-1 in home duals, winning by fall on three occasions and had one technical fall. One of his pins was against seventh-ranked Sammy Brooks of Iowa on Jan. 24 in 1:40. 

Dudley went 12-5 against ranked opponents. He finished second at the Midlands Championships, Dec. 29-30. Dudley won his first four matches at the tournament, with two pins, before falling to two-time national champion David Taylor in the finals, 5-3.

2014-15 (Sophomore)
NCAA Championships
Dudley garnered his first career All-America honor with an eighth-place finish at 184 pounds at the NCAA Championships. Dudley earned major decisions in three of his four wins at the national tournament and fell by one point in each of his losses. After a 9-0 win in his opening bout, Dudley fell to No. 1 seed Gabe Dean of Cornell, 9-8.

Dudley responded with a pair of dominating wins before a 5-2 decision over No. 14 Matt McCutcheon of Penn State. Sixth-seeded Hayden Zillmer of North Dakota State defeated Dudley, 3-2, before Missouri’s Willie Miklus downed the Husker sophomore by a 6-5 margin.

Big Ten Championships
Dudley went 3-3 at the conference tournament en route to a sixth-place finish. He opened with a major decision before falling in tiebreaker-1 to Wisconsin’s Ricky Robertson, 10-9. Dudley notched back-to-back decisions in the consolation bracket before dropping his final two matches.

Regular Season
Dudley compiled a 31-11 record, which included five pins and nine major decisions. He won the Cowboy Open title at 184 pounds, while adding a seventh-place finish at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and an eighth-place finish at the Southern Scuffle. After starting the dual season with a 1-2 record, Dudley reeled off 10 consecutive dual wins to end with an 11-2 mark. During that stretch, he knocked off two top-20 opponents and added two bonus-point wins.

2013-14 (Redshirt Freshman)
NCAA Championships
Competing in his first NCAA Championships, Dudley went 1-2 at 184 pounds. He won his first-round match, a 13-5 major decision over Davidson’s Donald Patrick. Dudley dropped back-to-back decisions to Arizona State’s Blake Stauffer and North Dakota State’s Kurtis Julson to be eliminated.

Big Ten Championships
Dudley lost a pair of one-point matches at the Big Ten Championships. In his first match, he dropped a 5-4 decision to No. 15 Domenic Abounader of Michigan before falling to Michigan State’s John Rizqallah by tiebreaker-1, 7-6.

Regular Season
After losing his first match of the season, Dudley won 15 consecutive bouts before falling to No. 12 Gabriel Dean of Cornell in the championship match of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Dudley’s second-place finish at the tournament was highlighted by wins over ranked opponents Kenny Courts of Ohio State (No. 9) and Wyoming’s Benjamin Stroh (No. 18). In all, Dudley went 6-2 against ranked foes in 2013-14, and went 26-8 overall during his first year in the Nebraska lineup.

Dudley started every dual for the Huskers at 184 pounds and compiled a 13-1 record, with his lone loss a sudden victory to Sammy Brooks of Iowa. Dudley was second on the team in pins with eight, and also collected eight major decisions. Prior to his first dual appearance, Dudley finished third at the season-opening Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open.

2012-13 (Redshirt)
Regular Season
Dudley won three open tournaments at 184 pounds en route to a 15-1 record in 2012-13. Dudley earned eight pins in the process, capturing the UNK Loper Open, Viking-Warrior Open and Grand View Open titles. He dropped his second match of the season which led to a third-place finish at the Bob Smith Open, but he reeled off 14 consecutive wins to close out the year.

Before Nebraska
One of the most sought-after recruits in the country, Dudley joined the Nebraska wrestling program having won multiple championships at the state and national level. The Irmo, S.C., native was the No. 2 195-pound high school wrestler in the country and the No. 17 ranked wrestler overall, according to InterMat. A 2012 InterMat High School All-American, Dudley won the Senior NHSCA National Championships at 195 pounds after capturing his third South Carolina 4A state championship during his senior season.

As a senior, Dudley went 63-0 and accumulated 50 pins to become the 4A Senior Wrestler of the Year in the state. Dudley also captured the NHSCA Junior National Championship at 189 pounds in 2011 and was the Super 32 Champion in the same year. At the NHSCA Nationals during his freshman and sophomore seasons, Dudley recorded third- and fourth- place finishes, respectively. Dudley finished his high school career with a 191-17 career record and 138 pins.

Personal
The son of Angela and Timothy Dudley, TJ was born on March 21, 1994. He has one sister, Tonetta and one brother, Jarvis. TJ is majoring in psychology at Nebraska, and appeared on the 2014 and 2015 Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams.

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