The coaches and bios should be the same! Here are the pics of the players for the front page!Troy Nickerson started at Northern Colorado in the 2014-15 season, becoming the seventh head coach in the wrestling program's history.
In four years as head coach, Nickerson has qualified 12 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships, and 10 placers at the Big 12 Championships.
The 2017-18 season was another example of the growth the Northern Colorado wrestling program has experienced under Nickerson's guidance. UNC placed tied for 38th at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish since the program returned to the Division I ranks. Rico Montoya, Keilan Torres, Dylan Gabel and Jacob Seely all qualified for the NCAA Championships, making it four Bear qualifiers for the second consecutive season. This also included Montoya, Torres, and Gabel qualifying for the second consecutive season.
UNC earned its first dual win over a traditional Big 12 conference team when it defeated Iowa State 22-20 in January of 2018. Nickerson arrived at UNC after being an assistant for the Cyclones, making the victory even more impactful.
Northern Colorado placed two wrestlers at the 2018 Southern Scuffle for the second consecutive year in Keilan Torres and Rico Montoya. The team also recorded the hightest finish in program history, tied for 12th place with 46 points.
Since the transition back to the Division I level in 2006, Nickerson has been the only head coach to advance three or more wrestlers to the second day of the NCAA Championships.
During the 2016-17 season, the Bears had their highest team finish at the Cliff Keen Invitational, with the team placing 14th. The tournament is regarded as one of the toughest competitions outside of the NCAA Championships.
Off the mat, the Bears have become better students since Nickerson arrived in Greeley. The team has earned 22 All-Big 12 Academic Team Members in the past three seasons.
Here is a look at key stats since Coach Nickerson took over:
NCAA Championship Team Finishes:
2015 - 47th
2016 - 72nd
2017 - 47th
2018 - 38th
Big 12 Placers:
All-Big 12 Academic Team Members:
In the Bear's first season in the Big XII Wrestling Conference, Nickerson led a team that qualified 10 individuals for the Big XII Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, saw a National Championship qualifier in Trent Noon and had six placed on the Big XII All-Academic team.
Nickerson took on his first head coaching stint after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at Iowa State under Kevin Jackson. During his two seasons with the Cyclones, Nickerson coached three NCAA All-Americans and ten NCAA qualifiers, along with bringing in 2 Top 10 recruiting classes. Nickerson also coached all his starters to a winning percentage of .500 and above in 2012-13.
The Cyclones finished in the top three of the Big 12 Tournament and in the top 12 of the NCAA Tournament during both of Nickerson's seasons with the program.
Prior to joining the Iowa State wrestling program, Nickerson served as co-head coach of the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club from 2011-2012 in Ithaca, N.Y. He was also the head coach of the FLWC college team during the 2010-2011 season.
Nickerson compiled a remarkable collegiate career with Cornell from 2006-10, being named an All-American each season. He won the 2009 NCAA Championship in the 125 pound weight class while becoming an NCAA finalist twice.
A product of Chenango Forks, N.Y., Nickerson was one of the most highly regarded prep wrestlers in the country coming out of high school. He won five New York high school state championships and six national high school championships.
Nickerson graduated from Cornell in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in biology & science with a minor in nutritional science. He currently resides in Greeley with his wife, Allie and son Gavin.
2012-14 - Asst. Coach, Iowa State
2014-present - Head Coach, Northern Colorado
|Northern Colorado Records|
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2x NCAA Finalist
2009 NCAA Champion at 125 lbs.
97-8 Collegiate Career
20th All-Time in Wins at Cornell