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Annual event caps off title-winning season
Three-time NCAA Champion wins wrestling’s Heisman for second straight year.
Senior Retherford and junior Nickal two of four finalists for wrestling’s Heisman
Lee 5th, Rasheed and Nevills big wins to take 7th in Saturday morning's medal round
Nickal clinches the team title with a pin at 184
Junior Bo Nickal heads into the 2017-18 season looking to win his second-straight NCAA title at 184 and become a three-time All-American. Nickal has advanced to the NCAA final in each of his first two seasons as a Nittany Lion, winning the final match of the 2017 NCAA Championships, capping of Penn State’s 5-0 run in the finals.
Parents: Jason and Sandy Nickal -- Major: Kinesiology
2016-17: Ranked #2 by InterMat...2-0 weekend to open the season getting pins at Army WP (0:25) and Stanford (6:21)...pinned his way to Keystone Classic title at Penn on 11/20, going 4-0 with four falls to win the crown, improving at the time to 6-0 with six pins on the year...pinned Lehigh’s Kyle Gentile on 12/4 in BJC Dual, his seventh-straight pin to open up the season...stayed unbeaten with all bonus victories by dominating #13 Steve Schneider of Binghamton on 12/11, posting an 18-7 major in Rec Hall...pinned Minnesota’s Bobby Stevenson (2:36) in B1G action on 1/6...dominated #3 TJ Dudley of Nebraska 10-5 on 1/8 in Lincoln...thrilling pin of #14 Nicholas Gravina of Rutgers in Rec Hall on 1/13...dazzling first period pin of #5 Sammy Brooks at Iowa on 1/20 (0:38)...Big Ten Wrestler of the Week (1/22)...pinned Wisconsin’s Hunter Ritter (2:35) in Madison on 1/27...majored #20 Mitch Sliga of Northwestern on 1/29...dominated #10 Myles Martin of Ohio State, posting an 8-2 win with three takedowns to lead Penn State to a 32-12 victory over the Buckeyes...18-5 major over #12 Emery Parker of Illinois on 2/10...thrilling and quick pin at the 0:38 mark vs. #4 Nolan Boyd of Oklahoma State on 2/19, helping lead Penn State to 27-13 win at OSU for NWCA Dual crown...winner of The Hammer Award from Amateur Wrestling News, presented annually by AWN to the winner of what AWN deemed the toughest weight class at the NCAA Championships.
Big Ten Championships (3-1, 3rd place, NCAA Qualifier): Placed third at Big Tens in Indiana on 3/4-5, going 3-1 with a pin.
NCAA Championships (5-0, Champion, All-American): Took down two-time defending NCAA Champion Gabe Dean in the national final, 4-3, to win first NCAA individual championship in St. Louis...rolled to 4-0 mark with three pins and a major to claim first crown...pinned #3 Sammy Brooks of Iowa again in just 1:01 in semifinals.
2015-16: Ranked #1 by InterMat...posted 21-6 tech fall over Tyler Wood of Lock Haven in collegiate debut on 11/13...dominated #3 Zach Epperly of Virginia Tech 6-2 on 11/15...pinned returning All-American and #16-ranked Bryce Hammond of CSUB at the 1:57 mark on 11/20 then majored Stanford's Keaton Subjeck 12-4 on 11/22 in California...named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week (11/22)...went 5-0 with three pins to win Nittany Lion Open crown on 12/6...dominating 16-2 major over #16 Ricky Robertson of Wisconsin in BJC Dual on 12/13, Nickal's Big Ten dual debut...dominated the field at the 2016 Southern Scuffle, winning the title as the #4 seed...Nickal went 6-0 with two tech falls and a major...downed #11 Michael Ottinger of Central Michigan and beat former unbeaten and #1 Brian Realbuto of Cornell 14-7 in semifinals...was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week for second time (1/5)...strong 10-3 win over #14 Micah Barnes of Nebraska on 1/15...pinned previously unbeaten #5 Zac Brunson of Illinois in Champaign on 1/23...dominant third period with 10 points led to 11-5 win over #14 Myles Martin of Ohio State on 2/5...picked up major at Lehigh on 2/13 and tech fall at home vs. Michigan State on 2/13...17-2 TF over Heston Lamons of Oklahoma State in dual meet win on 2/21...was two-time Big Ten Wrestler of the Week and first team All-Big Ten honoree.
Big Ten Championships (3-0, Champion, NCAA Qualifier): 2016 Big Ten Champion with dominant 3-0 run through tournament on 3/5-6 in Iowa...majored #23 Phil Bakcuckas of Rutgers 15-3, pinned #14 Myles Martin of Ohio State (2:28) and majored #3 Zach Brunson of Illinois 18-9 in finals.
NCAA Championships (4-1, Runner-Up, All-American): 2016 NCAA National Runner-Up...4-1 at first-ever NCAA Championship, getting upset in NCAA finals to place second...downed #16 Micah Barnes, #9 Chandler Rogers and #12 Nathan Jackson on his way to the NCAA finals.
2014-15: Red-shirt season...went 13-2 in open tournaments, wrestling unattached...had two majors, a tech and three pins...won the Bearcat Open at Binghamton on 11/19/14.
High School/Personal: Came to Penn State from Allen, Texas, where he emerged as one of the nation's top high school wrestlers...brought three Texas state titles (and one runner-up) with him to Happy Valley...led Allen High School to four straight dual meet titles and four straight state team championships...ended his career with a 183-7 record, including 131 pins. Nickal competed in the Dapper Dan Classic, as well as the 2014 USA Dream Team dual, winning both events...won numerous national and international freestyle titles...parents were both collegiate athletes, with his mom playing basketball at San Deigo State and his father playing football at Chadron State.
|YEAR||OVERALL||DUALS (B10)||TRN (B10/NCAA)||F||TF||M||Pts.|
|2014-15||Red Shirt Season|
|2015-16||33-2||15-1 (8-1)||18-1 (3-0/4-1)||8-0||7-0||8-0||71||2016-17||26-1||14-0 (9-0)||12-1 (3-1/5-0)||17-0||1-0||3-0||71||Career||59-3||29-1 (17-1)||20-2 (6-1/9-1)||25-0||8-0||11-0||142|