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

Honors & Awards

  • Nebraska Male Athlete of the Year (2016)
  • Nebraska Most Outstanding Wrestler (2015-16, 2016-17)
  • Nebraska Lifter of the Year (2015-16)
  • Three-Time NCAA All-American (8th, 184, 2015; 2nd, 184, 2016; 3rd, 184, 2017)
  • Three-Time NCAA Championships Qualifier (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014, 2015)

2016-17 (Senior)
NCAA Championships – 3rd (6-1) – 184 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Michale Fagg-Daves (Rider) by technical fall, 17-0
  • Second Round: Defeated #10 Michael Macchiavello (NC State) by decision, 6-1
  • Quarterfinals: Lost to #2 Bo Nickal (Penn State) by pin, 4:33
  • Cons. Fourth Round: Defeated Nicholas Gravina (Rutgers) by decision, 4-1
  • Cons. Quarterfinals: Defeated #9 Nate Jackson (Indiana) by decision, 4-0
  • Cons. Semifinals: Defeated #4 Nolan Boyd (Oklahoma St.) by decision, 15-8 Third-Place Match: Defeated #3 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) by pin, 2:38

Big Ten Championships – 4th (4-2) – 184 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Ernest Battaglia (Michigan) by major decision, 13-4
  • Quarterfinals: Lost to #7 Myles Martin (Ohio State) by decision, 7-12
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated Tanner Lynde (Purdue) by technical fall, 16-1
  • Cons. Quarterfinals: Defeated Hunter Ridder (Wisconsin) by major decision, 8-0
  • Cons. Semifinals: Defeated #8 Nate Jackson (Indiana) by medical forfeit
  • Third-Place Match: Lost to #2 Bo Nickal (Penn State) by decision, 9-14

Regular Season – 184 pounds

  • 33-5 record (11-2 in duals)
  • Bonus points: four pins, 11 technical falls and eight major decisions
  • Won the Daktronics Open title (Nov. 6)
  • Won the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open title (Nov. 13)
  • Won the Midlands Championships title (Dec. 29-30)
  • Led all Husker starters in technical falls in 2016-17 (11)
  • His 10 technical falls in 48:07 against Division I opponents tied for fourth in the nation
  • Became the 25th member of Nebraska's 100-win club on Dec. 30

2015-16 (Junior)
NCAA Championships - 2nd (4-1) - 184 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Garet Krohn (Stanford) by major decision, 10-2
  • Second Round: Defeated #10 Nate Brown (Lehigh) by decision, 7-3
  • Quarterfinals: Defeated #2 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) by decision, 9-6
  • Semifinals: Defeated #14 Willie Miklus (Missouri) by major decision, 12-4
  • Finals: Lost to #1 Gabe Dean (Cornell) by decision, 3-5

Big Ten Championships - 2nd (3-1) - 184 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Shwan Shadaia (Michigan State) by pin, 2:07
  • Quarterfinals: Defeated #20 Nick Gravina (Rutgers) by decision, 8-2
  • Semifinals: Defeated #2 Dom Abounader (Michigan) by decision, 4-1
  • Finals: Lost to #13 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) by decision, 4-6

Regular Season - 184 pounds

  • 24-7 record overall (13-4 in duals)
  • Bonus Points: seven pins, one technical fall and three major decisions
  • Runner-up at the Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30)
  • Won first four matches at Midlands before falling to two-time national champion David Taylor in the finals, 5-3
  • Went 6-1 in home duals (three pins, one technical fall)
  • Pinned #7 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) in 1:40 in a home dual on Jan. 24
  • Went 12-5 against ranked opponents

2014-15 (Sophomore)
NCAA Championships - 8th (4-3) - 184 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Ophir Bernstein (Brown) by major decision, 9-0
  • Second Round: Lost to #1 Gabe Dean (Cornell) by decision, 8-9
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated Brett Harner (Princeton) by major decision, 9-0
  • Cons. Third Round: Defeated #10 Lorenzo Thomas (Penn) by major decision, 17-5
  • Cons. Fourth Round: Defeated #14 Matt McCutcheon (Penn State) by decision, 5-2
  • Cons. Quarterfinals: Lost to #6 Hayden Zillmer (North Dakota St.) by decision, 2-3
  • Seventh-Place Match: Lost to Willie Miklus (Missouri) by decision, 5-6

Big Ten Championships - 6th (3-3) - 184 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Anthony Pafumi (Rutgers) by major decision, 11-3
  • Quarterfinals: Lost to #17 Ricky Robertson (Wisconsin) by tiebreaker-1, 9-10
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated Mitch Sliga (Northwestern) by decision, 4-0
  • Cons. Quarterfinals: Defeated #19 Nikko Reyes (Illinois) by decision, 7-3
  • Cons. Semifinals: Lost to Matt McCutcheon (Penn State) by major decision, 1-9
  • Fifth-Place Match: Lost to #17 Ricky Robertson (Wisconsin) by decision, 3-4

Regular Season - 184 pounds

  • 31-11 record overall (11-2 in duals)
  • Bonus Points: five pins and nine major decisions
  • Won the Cowboy Open title (Nov. 8)
  • Finished seventh at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 5-6)
  • Finished eighth at the Southern Scuffle (Jan. 1-2)

2013-14 (Redshirt Freshman)
NCAA Championships - DNP (1-2) - 184 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Donald Patrick (Davidson) by major decision, 13-5
  • Second Round: Lost to Blake Stauffer (Arizona State) by decision, 2-7
  • Cons. Second Round: Lost to Kurtis Julson (North Dakota St.) by decision, 2-3

Big Ten Championships - DNP (0-2) - 184 pounds

  • Quarterfinals: Lost to #15 Dom Abounader (Michigan) by decision, 4-5
  • Cons. First Round: Lost to John Rizqallah (Michigan St.) by tiebreaker-1, 6-7

Regular Season - 184 pounds

  • 26-8 record overall (13-1 in duals)
  • Bonus Points: eight pins and eight major decisions
  • Runner-up at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 6-7)
  • Finished third at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open (Nov. 3)
  • Went 6-2 against ranked opponents After losing his first match of the season, he won 15 consecutive bouts

Before Nebraska

  • Wrestled at Irmo High School in Irmo, S.C.
  • Ranked No. 2 nationally at 195 pounds
  • Ranked No. 17 nationally overall by InterMat
  • 2012 InterMat High School All-American
  • Won the Senior NHSCA National Championships title (195)
  • Won three South Carolina 4A state titles
  • Went 63-0 with 50 pins as a senior to become the 4A Senior Wrestler of the Year
  • Won the 2011 NHSCA Junior National Championships title (189)
  • Won the 2011 Super 32 Championships title
  • Finished third at NHSCA Nationals as a freshman
  • Finished fourth at NHSCA Nationals as a sophomore
  • Went 191-17 with 138 pins during his high school career

Personal

  • Born: March 21, 1994
  • Parents: Angela and Timothy Dudley
  • Sister: Tonetta; Brother: Jarvis
  • Graduated in spring of 2017 with a bachelor's degree in psychology

Career Results

Year Overall Dual Pins TF MD NCAA Big Ten
2012-13* 15-1 0-0 8 0 0 -- --
2013-14 26-8 13-1 8 0 8 DNP (1-2) DNP (0-2)
2014-15 31-11 11-2 5 0 9 8th (4-3) 6th (3-3)
2015-16 24-7 13-4 7 1 3 2nd (4-1) 2nd (3-1)
2016-17 33-5 11-2 4 11 8 3rd (6-1) 4th (4-2)
Career 114-31 48-9 24 12 28 15-7 10-8

*Redshirt season does not count in career totals

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