NCAA Championships 1998-Tobin went 4-2 to place fourth at the NCAA Championships and earn his third All-America accolade. Tobin opened with decisions over two unseeded foes, with a 6-1 win over Oregon State's Shane Zajac and a 9-1 victory against Central Michigan's Chris Vike. Tobin advanced with a 3-2 decision over fifth-seeded Mark Bodo of Pittsburgh, but lost a 10-7 match to top-seeded Jason Robinson of Edinboro in the semifinals. Tobin rebounded with a 4-0 decision over seventh-seeded Sam Neider of Northwestern, but dropped a 4-0 bout to third-seeded Lee Fullhart of Iowa to place fourth.
1996-After entering the tournament as the fourth seed, Tobin scored an 11-2 major decision over Lehigh's John Leonardis in the first round. Tobin advanced through the second round by pinning Appalachian State's Seth Myerson in 5:15, and defeated fifth-seeded Mark Bodo of Pittsburgh 4-0 in the quarterfinals. Tobin lost an 8-2 decision to eventual national champion John Kading of Oklahoma in the semfinials, but bounced back with an 8-5 decision over sixth-seeded Brian Picklo of Michigan State and claimed third with a 10-6 win over seventh-seeded Lee Fullhart of Iowa.
1995-Tobin claimed an 8-4 decision over Air Force's Johnny Harrison in the opening round, but lost a 3-0 match to second-seeded Emilio Collins of Michigan State. Tobin rebounded with an 8-2 decision over Cal-Poly's Dan Lashley and claimed a 5-4 decision over 12th-seeded Jacob Scott of American, before being pinned by eighth-seeded Jehad Hamdan of Michigan in 3:58. Tobin lost a 3-1 decision to sixth-seeded Jason Robinson of Edinboro to finish eighth and claim his first All-America honor.
1994-Tobin dropped a 9-6 decision to eighth-seeded Dan Payne of Clarion in the first round, and was eliminated when Payne lost his second-round match.
Conference Championships 1998-Top-seeded Tobin claimed the 190-pound title by posting an 11-4 decision over Oklahoma's Orville Palmer in the semifinals and topping Oklahoma State's Pat Popolizio with a 12-3 major decision in the final.
1996-Tobin finished second at the Big Eight Championships after posting an 8-0 major decision over Oklahoma State's Aaron Strobel in the semifinals, but losing a 9-8 decision to top-ranked John Kading of Oklahoma in the final.
1995-Tobin entered the Big Eight Championships as the fourth seed and scored a 9-0 major decision over Missouri's Justin Thaw in the opening round. He lost a 14-8 decision to Oklahoma State's J.J. McGrew in the semifinals, but rebounded to pin third-seed Rob Steeger of Iowa State in 1:30 to claim third place.
1994-Tobin dropped an 8-1 decision to Iowa State's Rob Steger in a preliminary round matchup. In the consolation semifinals, Tobin defeated Missouri's Jason Sexton by injury default, but dropped a 10-6 decision to Steger in the third-place match.
Career Notes 1998-Entering the season as the top-ranked wrestler in the nation at 190 pounds, Tobin posted a 31-5 record, including 9-1 in duals, during the 1997-98 season. He earned 44 dual points while allowing just three. He had ten pins, two technical falls and seven major decisions.
1997-Tobin redshirted and posted a 17-0 record at 220 pounds or heavyweight in open tournaments. He won five matches by pin, one by technical fall and two by major decision. He took first at the Warren Williamson Open, the Kaufman-Brand Open and the Oklahoma Open. He also defeated Clarion All-American Bryan Stout, 6-3, to claim the heavyweight title at the Wilkes Open on Dec. 28, 1996. Tobin won championships at the University Nationals and at the Pan Am Championiships and finished seventh at the U.S. Open in 1997.
1996-Tobin ended his third season as a Husker with a 33-9 record, his second All-America award and first-team NWCA Academic All-America recognition. Tobin's losses included four setbacks to national champion John Kading of Oklahoma and a loss to 177 pound national champion Les Gutches of Oregon State. Tobin was named first-team Academic All-Big Eight for a third time. He won a title at the Sunkist Invitational and finished second at the German Grand Prix in 1996.
1995-Tobin finished the season with a 27-14 record, as 11 of his 14 losses came against nationally-ranked wrestlers, including five against top-three foes. Tobin claimed second at the Iowa State Open and was a co-champion at the Nebraska-Kearney Open. Tobin underwent knee surgery following the Iowa State Open and missed nearly a month of action. In the classroom he earned second-team NWCA Academic All-America honors, and first-team Academic All-Big Eight honors for a second time. He was a member of the NWCA Underclass All-America team, which competed at the Trophee Molone Freestyle Tournament in Rome in the summer of 1995. The team, coached by Tim Neumann, placed second in an 18-team field and Tobin finished second individually at 100 kilograms.
1994-Splitting time between 177 and 190 pounds, Tobin wrestled to a 22-22 record during the 1993-94 season. He originally worked his way into the lineup on the strength of a solid 15-7 first-semester showing. Tobin was named Nebraska's Most Improved Wrestler. He had strong showings against several top wrestlers, including a 3-0 loss to Northern Iowa's Dave Malecek to end the regular season. Tobin finished first in the Freshman/Sophomore Division of the Wyoming Open, fourth in the open division at the Omaha Open and third at the Nebraska-Kearney Open. He notched five pins, one technical fall and one major decision on the season. Tobin was named to the Academic All-Big Eight team.
Before Nebraska-Tobin captured the South Dakota state championship as a senior and finished his final year at Brandon Valley High School with a perfect 37-0 record, including 27 pins. A four-time state medalist, Tobin compiled a 126-32 career record and was named the state tournament MVP as a senior. He was a three-time regional MVP and placed sixth at the National High School Championships in 1993. He also participated in football and cross country and graduated with a 3.85 cumulative grade-point average.
Personal-The son of Gregg and Karen Tobin, Ryan is majoring in business administration.
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