Weight: 285
Year: Senior
Hometown: Clarks, Neb.
High School: Clarks


Big 12 Championships
2003-Mitch Manstedt went 1-2 at the Big 12 Championships in Columbia, Mo. In the first round, Manstedt recorded a 6-1 decision over Jake Harger of Oklahoma before falling to top-seeded Kevin Herron of Missouri, 9-2. In the third-place match, Manstedt fell to Scott Coleman of Iowa State, 8-2.


2002-Manstedt struggled in his first Big 12 Championships appearance, going 0-2 in Norman, Okla.  In the first round, Kevin Herron of Missouri defeated Manstedt, 10-2.  Iowa State’s Mark Knauer proved to be too much for Manstedt in the consolation semifinal, as Knauer defeated Manstedt, 9-3.


Career Notes

2005-Manstedt finished his season with a 15-9 record, including 6-5 in duals, as a solid second option to Jon May at 285 pounds. Manstedt earned the Huskers 27 duals points by racking up five pins. His quickest pin was in just 53 seconds.


2004-Manstedt was ranked as high as 14th in the nation before sustaining a knee injury before Nebraska's dual against Boise State.  In his only match of the season, he defeated Ty Watterson of Oregon State in overtime, 8-6.


2003-Manstedt compiled a 22-11 overall record and a 13-6 dual mark. He recorded a team-high winning streak of 10 matches from Dec. 13 through Jan. 10. At the 2002 Virginia Duals, Manstedt recorded two wins that led NU to victories. He recorded a 5-4 decision over Dan Garay of Hofstra to advance NU into the semifinals, and Manstedt defeated Chris Little of Illinois, 1-1, in a tiebreaker to move NU on to the championship match. Manstedt’s eight falls were good for third on the team behind two-time All-American Jason Powell and NCAA qualifier Travis Shufelt who each had nine. Manstedt, along with Joey Malia, earned the team award for the most improved wrestler during the course of the season.


2002-Manstedt compiled an 18-8 overall record in his first full season of wrestling.  He took over for Pat Miron as a starter after Miron suffered a torn right anterior cruciate ligament in February.  Manstedt took first place at the Dana College Open.  He went 0-2 against ranked opponents,  but finished the season winning 11 of his last 15 matches.


2001-Once his duties were up as a redshirt defensive tackle on the Nebraska football team, Manstedt joined the wrestling squad in January in time to compete in one open tournament, posting a 3-1 record at the Northwestern College Open.  Manstedt finished second, but all three of his wins en route to the title match were by fall.  During the summer, Manstedt took second place at the FILA Junior World Trials, falling in the finals to highly touted Iowa recruit Steven Mocco.


Before Nebraska-Manstedt won three Class D state titles while at Clarks High School under his father and head coach Norm Manstedt.  A high school All-American, Manstedt was rated as the No. 4 heavyweight recruit in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News.  During his junior and senior seasons, he did not give up a takedown while finishing his career with a 108-12 record.  Manstedt recorded 90 falls in his career, leading Clarks to top-10 state tournament finishes all four years in his career.


Personal-The son of Norm and Janet Manstedt, Mitch has one brother, Eric, 27.  Mitch was born on July 16, 1981 and is a social science major.

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