Former Husker Bill Scherr won a World Championship in 1986 after completing his eligibilty at NU.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

NU at the International Level

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska wrestlers have enjoyed success during their collegiate years, but quite a few have continued their careers on the international level and also achieved lofty accomplishments there. At least two former NU wrestlers have represented the United States at the FILA World Championships each of the last four years. Huskers have won 14 medals at the championships, including titles by Bill Scherr in 1986 and Rulon Gardner in 2001. Brad Vering was named the 2007 Greco-Roman Wrestler of the Year by USA Wrestling after his silver medal performance at the 2007 FILA World Championships. Listed below are achievements Nebraska wrestlers have attained in international competition, including the weight they competed in.

FILA World Championships

Year

Wrestler

Division

Weight

Place

1962

Dan Brand

Greco-Roman

97 kg

3rd

1963

Jim Raschke

Greco-Roman

Hwt.

3rd

1985

Bill Scherr

Freestyle

90 kg

1st

1986

Bill Scherr

Freestyle

100 kg

2nd

 

Jim Scherr

Freestyle

90 kg

3rd

1987

Bill Scherr

Freestyle

100 kg

3rd

 

Jim Scherr

Freestyle

90 kg

2nd

1989

Bill Scherr

Freestyle

100 kg

2nd

 

Jim Scherr

Freestyle

90 kg

2nd

2001

Rulon Gardner

Greco-Roman

130 kg

1st

 

Matt Lindland

Greco-Roman

85 kg

2nd

2005

Justin Ruiz

Greco-Roman

96 kg

3rd

 

Tolly Thompson

Freestyle

120 kg

3rd

2007

Brad Vering

Greco-Roman

84 kg

2nd

World Cup Champions

Year Wreslter Weight
1986 Jim Scherr 180.5
1989 Jim Scherr 198
  Bill Scherr 220
1996 Matt Lindland 163
  Rulon Gardner Hwt

Pan-American Champions

Year Wrestler Weight
1996 Ryan Tobin 198

Goodwill Games

Year Wrestler Weight Place
1990 Bill Scherr 220 1st
  Jim Scherr 198 2nd
1994 Brad Penrith* 126 3rd

*-Penrith was also an assistant coach for the team at the 1994 Goodwill Games.

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