TJ Dudley was Nebraska's Outstanding Wrestler in 2016 and 2017
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Husker Team Awards

By NU Athletic Communications

Every year the Nebraska coaching staff recognizes those Husker wrestlers that aren't necessarily All-Americans, but still greatly contribute to the success of the team. Below are listed the team awards for the NU wrestling team.

Most Outstanding Wrestler

Year Wrestler Weight
1986 Gary Albright HWT
1987 Gil Sanchez 134
1988 Jeff Coltvet 158
1989 Jason Kelber 126
1990 Jason Kelber 126
1991 Jason Kelber 126
1992 Chris Nelson 190
1993 Tony Purler 126
  Corey Olson 177
1994 Frank Velazquez 134
1995 Tolly Thompson HWT
1996 Tolly Thompson HWT
1997 Tolly Thompson HWT
1998 Ryan Tobin 190
1999 Bryan Snyder 157
2000 Brad Vering 197
2001 Bryan Snyder 157
2002 Bryan Snyder 157
2003 Jason Powell 125
2004 Jason Powell 125
2005 B.J. Padden 197
2006 B.J. Padden 197
2007 Paul Donahoe 125
2008 Jordan Burroughs 149
2009 Jordan Burroughs 157
2010 Craig Brester 197
2011 Jordan Burroughs 165
2012 Josh Ihnen 184
2013 Robert Kokesh 174
2014 James Green 157
  Robert Kokesh 174
2015 Robert Kokesh 174
2016 TJ Dudley 184
2017 TJ Dudley 184
2018 Tyler Berger 157
Taylor Venz 184

Most Improved Wrestler

Year Wrestler Weight
1986 Jeff Coltvet 158
1987 Cody Olson 177
1988 Matt Rempe 142
  Dave Evans 126
1989 Paul Herrera 150
1990 Todd Enger 150
1991 Todd Enger 150
1992 Tommy Robbins 167
1993 Mike Eierman 142
1994 Ryan Tobin 177
1995 Brad Canoyer 118
1996 Chad Nelson 167
1997 Charles McTorry 177
1998 Brad Vering 177
1999 Joe Henson 149
2000 Todd Beckerman 133
  Charles McTorry 184
2001 Ati Conner 174
2002 Justin Ruiz 197
2003 Joey Malia 133
  Mitch Manstedt HWT
2004 Matt Murray 141
2005 Dominick Moyer 141
2006 Robert Sanders 149
2007 Craig Brester 197
2008 Brandon Browne 174
2009 Vince Jones 184
2010 Josh Ihnen 184
2011 Ridge Kiley 133
2012 James Green 157
2013 Austin Wilson 165
2015 Aaron Studebaker 197
  Eric Montoya 133
2016 Austin Wilson 165
2017 Tyler Berger 157
2018 Chad Red Jr. 141

Most Dedicated Wrestler

Year Wrestler Weight
1988 Dave Droegemueller 134
1989 Scott Chenoweth 167
1990 Chris Nelson 190
1991 Chris Nelson 190
1992 Matt Lindland 158
1993 Matt Lindland 158
1994 Scott Gonyo 118
1995 Steve Baer 126
1996 Brad Canoyer 118
1997 Brad Canoyer 118
1998 Brad Canoyer 118
1999 Jose DeAnda 141
2000 Brad Vering 197
2001 Brad Vering 197
2002 Tony Denke 164/174
2003 Justin Ruiz 197
2004 Jacob Klein 165
2005 Jacob Klein 165
2006 Jacob Klein 174
2007 Dominick Moyer 141
2008 Stephen Dwyer 165
2009 Craig Brester 197
  Jordan Burroughs 157
2010 Stephen Dwyer 174
2011 Ross Grande 149
2012 Robert Kokesh 165
2013 Jake Sueflohn 149
2014 Tim Lambert 125

Redshirt of the Year

Year Wrestler Weight
1986 Tom Busler 177
1987 Scott Chenoweth 167
1988 Shane Snyder 158
1989 Joe Malecek HWT
1990 Dave Pope 150
1991 Paul Collier 134
1992 Chad Nelson 167
1993 Tolly Thompson HWT
1994 Darin Giese 118
1995 Chris Steele 150
1996 Travis Slaba 134
1997 Abe Boomer HWT
1998 Bryan Snyder 150
1999 Justin Ruiz 197
2000 Jason Powell 125
2001 Travis Pascoe 184
  Travis Shufelt 149
2002 Chris Nedens 141
  Jacob Klein 165
  B.J. Padden 184
2003 Matt Keller 133
  Marc Harwood 165
  B.J. Wright 157
2004 Jon May HWT
2005 Paul Donahoe 125
  Brandon Browne 165
  Chris Oliver 157
2006 Mike Rowe 133
  Kenny Jordan 133
  Craig Brester 174
  Levi Wofford 197
  Stefan Tighe HWT
2007 Matt Vacanti 125
2008 Tucker Lane HWT
2009 Ross Grande 149
  Josh Ihnen 184
2010 Caleb Kolb 174
2011 Robert Kokesh 165
2012 Donny Longendyke HWT
  Cory Brester 184
2013 Tim Lambert 125
2014 Eric Montoya 133
2015 Tyler Berger 149
2016 Kris Williams 125
2017 Eric Schultz 197
2018 Mikey Labriola 174


Lifter of the Year

Year Wrestler Weight
2011 Tucker Lane HWT
2012 James Nakashima 197
2013 Ridge Kiley 141
2015 Collin Jensen HWT
2016 TJ Dudley 184
2017 Aaron Studebaker 197
2018 Taylor Venz 184

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