Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Student-Athlete Heart & Soul Award (2014)
- NCAA Championships Qualifier (2013)
- Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)
- Nebraska Redshirt of the Year (2009-10)
- Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2013)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2013)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Fall 2009, 2010)
Big Ten Championships
Caleb Kolb finished his collegiate career with two consecutive wins to finish ninth at 197 pounds at the conference tournament. After suffering narrow defeats to then-No. 19 Alex Polizzi of Northwestern (sudden victory 2) and Wisconsin's Timmy McCall (decision), Kolb rebounded with wins over Michigan's Chris Heald and Michigan State's Nick McDiarmid. Kolb's win over Heald was a 6-1 decision, while he edged McDiarmid, 3-1, in sudden victory 1.
Kolb won the Viking-Warrior Open title at 197 pounds, and posted a 3-6 dual record during his final season at Nebraska. He recorded one pin and one major decision to go 8-8 overall. After losing his first match of the season, Kolb put together a five-match winning streak which included two wins at the Stanford Duals. On Feb. 7, Kolb was among three seniors honored before Nebraska's home finale against Michigan at the Devaney Center. He closed his home dual career in style with a 5-4 decision over Chris Heald.
Kolb went 1-2 in his first NCAA Championships appearance at 197 pounds. Following a first-round loss to No. 4 seed Alfonso Hernandez of Wyoming, Kolb won a 3-1 sudden victory over Northwestern’s Alex Polizzi in the wrestleback bracket. Kolb fell by a 7-3 decision in his final match at the hands of Bloomsburg’s Richard Perry.
Big Ten Championships
Kolb suffered two narrow losses at the Big Ten Championships, falling by a 4-3 sudden victory to Iowa’s Nathan Burak before losing a 4-0 decision to Purdue’s Braden Atwood.
Kolb completed his junior campaign with a 17-19 record and started every dual at 197 pounds for a 7-10 mark. He earned two pins and two major decisions during the season. In January, Kolb went 4-0 at the Viking-Warrior Open en route to a first-place finish. He fell in five of his next six matches but finished strong at the NWCA National Duals, going 2-0 over Virginia and Cornell.
Kolb went 6-0 with three pins in under three minutes at 174 pounds as a sophomore. He opened the season with his lone dual victory, which came in an 18-6 major decision over Arizona State’s Jacob Graham. Kolb then breezed through the Quality Hotel Open, winning all five matches in dominant fashion. He won by major decision, 13-3, over Pratt’s Landon Keiswetter before defeating the Colorado School of Mines’ Brandon Sheldon by technical fall, 16-0.
2010-11 (Redshirt Freshman)
Big 12 Championships
Kolb entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed, but couldn’t pick up a victory after dropping two tightly contested battles. Kolb opened the tournament with a 2-1 loss to Oklahoma’s Jeff James, before falling to Dorian Henderson of Missouri by a 6-2 count.
Kolb went 15-13 during his first full season as the 174-pound starter, while finishing with two pins and four major decisions. His 29 dual points ranked seventh on the team and his four major decisions tied for fifth on the squad.
After opening the season with a loss to No. 17 Ethan Headlee from Pitt, Kolb came back and helped the Huskers in their upset over Ohio State by defeating the Buckeyes’ Robel Campbell in major-decision fashion, 13-5. Kolb participated in two open tournaments during the season, finishing third at the Viking-Warrior open and taking the title at the Quality Hotel Open. Kolb finished the season with a 5-6 record in his next 11 matches, including victories over Oklahoma’s Jeff James and Northern Iowa’s Brice Wolf. Kolb finished the year with 24 dual takedowns.
Kolb dominated his competition with a 27-5 overall record to earn the team’s Redshirt-of-the-Year award. He finished in the top five at each of the six tournaments, including first-place finishes at the UNK Loper Open and Quality Hotel Open with a combined 9-0 mark in those competitions. Kolb led the NU redshirts with eight major decision wins, including four at the Kaufman Brand Open and Fort Hays State Open when he took second- and third-place finishes. He also took runner-up honors at the Dana Open, dropping only the championship match to Marty Usman of Nebraska-Kearney.
Kolb was an InterMat top 100 recruit and a three-time state qualifier for Grove City High School, where he captured the title his senior year. He posted a 128-22 career record, including a 39-0 mark in 2008-09.
Kolb also participated in football as a halfback and outside linebacker, and in track and field as a pole vaulter his first three years of high school.
Kolb earned All-America honors in 2009 after finishing third at 160 pounds in the National High School Coaches Association Wrestling Championships.
Caleb is the son of Jon and Deborah Kolb, and was born on July 17, 1990, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Jon played 13 seasons in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers and earned four Super Bowl rings.
Caleb has one brother, Tanner. Caleb earned a degree in communication studies in the spring of 2014. He also earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2013 after claiming a place on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in the fall semesters of 2009 and 2010. In 2014, Kolb earned the Nebraska Student-Athlete Heart and Soul Award, while also being named to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.