February 1, 2015

NU wrestler Green takes home silver at World University Games

Husker wrestler James Green earned the silver medal at 154 pounds in the men’s freestyle division of the University World Championships on Wednesday in Pecs, Hungary.  Green started with an 11-1 victory over Finland’s Jere Kunnas in the quarterfinals before taking down Russia’s Shamil Magomedov, 8-4, in the semifinals. In the finals, Evgheni Nedealco of Moldova pinned Green.

Green, Willingboro, N.J. native, earned a spot on the team by winning both of his matches at the University Nationals in Akron, Ohio on May 25. He defeated past All-American Adam Hall, 4-1, 4-2.

Green will return to Nebraska’s lineup as a senior in 2014-15. He is a three-time All-American and the reigning Big Ten champion at 157 pounds. Green placed third at the 2014 NCAA Championships after taking seventh during both his sophomore and freshman seasons.


Former Huskers picks up USA wrestling honor

Former Husker wrestler Bill Scherr earned USA Wrestling’s Myron Roderick Man-of-the-Year Award on Thursday, an accolade that recognizes an outstanding man for his contributions to the sport of wrestling.

Scherr served a pivotal role in keeping wrestling as an Olympic sport, as he chaired the Committee for the Preservation of Olympic Wrestling (CPOW). In the position, Scherr developed the working structure of CPOW, ran weekly conference calls to help with CPOW’s strategy, oversaw the international relations area of CPOW and served as a spokesman for the organization.

Scherr has served on USA Wrestling’s Board of Directors and coached numerous teams, including the Women’s World Team. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1998 as a distinguished member after achieving success on the international level.
Scherr made one Olympic appearance, capturing the bronze medal at 220 pounds in 1988. At the FILA World Championships, Scherr earned four medals from 1985 to 1989. He took first place at 198 pounds in 1985, while earning runner-up finishes in 1986 and 1989, and a third-place result at the 1987 World Championships.

While at Nebraska, Scherr capped his impressive career with the NCAA title at 190 pounds in 1984. The three-time All-American earned a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 1983 and finished fourth in 1982. Scherr completed his career at Nebraska (1981-84) with a record of 133-18.

Scherr’s brother Jim, also a former wrestler at Nebraska, took home USA Wrestling’s Man of the Year Award in 1994. In addition, former Huskers Jordan Burroughs (2012) and Rulon Gardner (2000) have earned the accolade.

NSAA votes to keep high school wrestling championships in Omaha

The Nebraska School Activities Association Board of Directors voted 7-1 in favor of keeping the high school wrestling championships in Omaha for the next five years.

The championships have been in Omaha since 2007 and will continue at CenturyLink Center, which received the favorable vote due in large part to the venues ability to hold large staging and warm-up areas.  Prior to Omaha winning the bid, the championships were held at the Devaney Center in Lincoln.  Pinnacle Bank Arena put in a bid to take over the championships.

CenturyLink Center’s seating capacity is 14,793 with ten mats on the floor compared to 11,500 for Pinnacle.  During championship finals, when just four mats are used, CenturyLink bumps up to 15,600,  compared with 14,300 in Lincoln.

NU’s Green will wrestle at the World University Games

For the second consecutive year, Husker wrestler James Green advanced to the University World Championships after winning a pair of matches at the University Nationals over the weekend in Akron, Ohio. Green defeated past All-American Adam Hall two matches to none in the freestyle at 154 pounds. Green advances to the University World Championships, July 8-12 in Pecs, Hungary.

Last summer, Green went 1-1 in Russia while representing the United States. Green, a senior to be is reigning Big Ten champion at 157 pounds. Green placed third at the 2014 NCAA Championships after taking third during both his sophomore and freshman seasons.

Seven wrestlers set to represent Nebraska at Nationals

Seven Nebraska wrestlers will compete in the NCAA Championships which begin March 20-22 Oklahoma City, OK.

Big Ten champion James Green earned the No. 1 seed at 157 pounds. Junior Robert Kokes, who also won a Big Ten title, is the No. 3 seed at 174 pounds. Jake Sueflohn is the No. 6 seed at 149 pounds. Redshirt freshman TJ Dudley (184) gets the No. 8 spot. At 125 pounds, Tim Lambert will be the 12th seed after a fifth-place showing at the Big Ten Championships. Austin Wilson (165) and Collin Jensen (HWT) also qualified for the NCAA Championships.