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

Honors & Awards

  • NCAA Championships Qualifier (2014)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)

2014-15 Outlook
TJ Dudley was one of three Huskers to start every dual last season and turned in an impressive 13-1 record as a redshirt freshman. Dudley was 26-8 overall and qualified for the NCAA Championships at 184 pounds.

2013-14 (Redshirt Freshman)
NCAA Championships
Competing in his first NCAA Championships, TJ 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.

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 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.