George Kusche finished third at the 2018 Big Ten Championships, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Men's Conference Championships History

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska made the move to the Big Ten Conference in 2011.

In 1996, the first year of the Big 12 Conference, the Huskers finished runner-up with 70 points behind individual conference champion Jonah Kiptarus. It was the best Big 12 finish in school history, although NU earned five runner-up finishes prior to 1996 in the Big Eight Conference (1969, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1989).

Nebraska won the 1940 conference title as a member of the Big Six.

Kiptarus is one of five conference champions, joining David Iteffa (1992), Greg Carlberg (1970), Mike Fleming (1962) and three-time champion Bobby Ginn (1940, 1941, 1946).

Year

Champion (Pts.)

NU Finish (Pts.) 

Top NU Finisher

Big Ten
2018 Wisconsin (38) 8th (179) George Kusche, 3rd
2017 Michigan (71) 9th (196) Wyatt McGuire, 10th
2016 Wisconsin (63) 10th (275) Wyatt McGuire, 35th
2015 Michigan (63) 11th (284) Peter Spinks, 47th
2014 Wisconsin (47) 11th (332) Joe Harter, 55th
2013 Indiana (51) 11th (314) Joe Harter, 62nd
2012 Wisconsin (33) 11th (333) Johan Heng, 52nd
2011 Wisconsin (17) 11th (277) Trevor Vidlak, 35th
Big 12
2010 Oklahoma State (19) 6th (195) David Adams, 21st
2009 Oklahoma State (24) 7th (199) David Adams, 22nd
2008 Oklahoma State (26) 7th (200) David Adams, 26th
2007 Colorado (34) 10th (230) Peter van der Westhuizen, 23rd
2006 Colorado (36) 11th (320) Brian Parr, 46th

2005

Colorado (44) 10th (288) Peter van der Westhuizen, 25th
2004 Colorado (48) 12th (312) Eric Rasmussen, 37th
2003 Colorado (38) 12th (341) Alec Maduza, 59th
2002 Colorado (25) 7th (171) James Bowler, 19th
2001 Colorado (31) 5th (136) James Bowler, 6th
2000 Colorado (16) 5th (153) Marcus Witter, 11th

1999

Colorado (22)

6th (173)

Marcus Witter, 23rd

1998

Colorado (31)

8th (179)

Marcus Witter, 22nd

1997

Colorado (32)

4th (99)

Cleophas Boor, 2nd

1996

Colorado (66)

2nd (70)

Jonah Kiptarus, 1st

Big Eight

 

 

 

1995

Oklahoma State (38)

6th (161)

Brady Bonsall, 12th

1994

Iowa State (29)

5th (118)

Kevin Miiller, 12th

1993

Iowa State (27)

4th (106)

David Iteffa, 18th

1992

Colorado (42)

6th (129)

David Iteffa, 1st

1991

Iowa State (16)

5th (124)

David Iteffa, 10th

1990

Iowa State (26)

3rd (84)

Joe Kirby, 4th

1989

Iowa State (22)

2nd (68)

Joe Kirby, 2nd

1988

Iowa State (34)

3rd (101)

Jacques van Rensburg, 5th

1987

Iowa State (47)

2nd (51)

Jean Verster, 2nd

1986

Colorado (37)

2nd (64)

Jean Verster, 2nd

1985

Colorado (48)

5th (99)

Jean Verster, 7th

1984

Iowa State (32)

3rd (104)

Kurt Russell, 4th

1983

Iowa State (53)

2nd (78)

Wally Duffy, 4th

1982

Colorado (35)

7th (154)

Marc Adam, 14th

1981

Iowa State (33)

7th (208)

Marc Adam, 30th

1980

Colorado (26)

8th (154)

NA

1979

Colorado (22)

8th (169)

NA

1978

Colorado (22)

8th (181)

Mark Fluitt, 21st

1977

Colorado (21)

4th (119)

Harold Stelzer, 3rd

1976

Colorado (46)

8th (156)

Steve Allen, 16th

1975

Kansas State (25)

8th (214)

Harold Stelzer, 34th

1974

Iowa State/Missouri (49)

8th (234) NA

1973

Oklahoma State (53)

6th (117)

Bob Unger, 11th

1972

Oklahoma State (37)

6th (116)

Bob Unger, 11th

1971

Kansas State (49)

3rd (77)

Bob Unger, 2nd

1970

Missouri (60)

7th (152)

Greg Carlberg, 1st

1969

Kansas (55)

2nd (72)

Pete Brang, 3rd

1968

Kansas (45)

4th (98)

Pete Brang, 6th

1967

Missouri (52)

8th (187)

Mel Campbell, 26th

1966

Kansas State (51)

8th (224)

NA

1965

Kansas State (34)

7th (216)

NA

1964

Kansas (31)

5th (133)

NA

1963

Kansas (26)

6th (143)

Peter Scott, 19th

1962

Colorado (60)

3rd (76)

Mike Fleming, 1st

1961

Kansas (26)

7th (150)

Ray Stevens, 4th

1960

Oklahoma State (40)

6th (139)

Ray Stevens, 8th

1959

Kansas (51)

3rd (94)

Joe American Horse, 6th

1958

Kansas (37)

5th (117)

Joe Mullins, 8th

1957

Kansas (26)

6th (155)

Robert Elwood, 8th

Big Seven

1956

Kansas (20)

6th (126)

Robert Elwood, 5th

1955

Kansas (15)

6th (106)

Robert Elwood, 17th

1954

Kansas (14)

7th (103)

NA

1953

Kansas (11)

--

none

1952

Kansas (20.5)

6th (92)

Clay Scott, 9th

1951

Kansas (13)

--

none 

1950

Kansas (19)

--

none

1949

Kansas (22)

7th (93)

Esrif Aydin, 9th

1948

Kansas (19)

6th (100)

Don Morrison, 20th

Big Six

1947

Kansas (22)

6th (79)

NA

1946

Oklahoma (44)

4th (76)

Bobby Ginn, 1st

1942-45

No meet held because of WWII

1941

Oklahoma (27)

4th (51)

Bobby Ginn, 1st

1940

Nebraska (24)

1st (24)

Bobby Ginn, 1st

1939

Kansas State (35)

6th (72)

NA

1938

Kansas State (36)

5th (95)

NA

1937

Kansas State (37)

4th (83)

NA

1936

Kansas State (45)

3rd (62)

NA

1935

Oklahoma (31)

4th (86)

NA

1934

Kansas State (37)

4th (79)

NA

1933

No meet held

1932

Kansas State (29)

3rd (43)

NA

1931

Iowa State

4th

NA

1930

Iowa State

4th

NA

1929

Oklahoma (44)

5th (91)

NA

1928

Kansas (51)

3rd (79)

NA

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