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  James Nicholson

James Nicholson

Player Profile


Des Moines, Iowa

High School:
Theodore Roosevelt

Height / Weight:
5-7 / 125


Season Highlights
Career Record: 138-20
2010-11: NCAA All-American ... CAA Wrestler of the Year ... Became Old Dominion's first two-time All-American since Buddy Lee in 1982 ... Finished in eighth place ... Win over six seed Nicholas Bedelyon of Kent State clinched All-American status and was also his 138th career victory, tying him with Chris Brown for the most wins in school history ... Finished the year with a 35-3 record ... Went a perfect 19-0 in dual meets and was 8-0 against CAA opponents ... Had 20 bonus point victories, including eight pins, three technical falls and nine major decisions ... Became the first wrestler in CAA history to win four-consecutive championships by beating Hofstra's Steve Bonanno 5-3 in the finals ... Finished the regular-season with a 29-0 record, by defeating Matt Snyder 12-3 ... Stayed unbeaten, moving to 28-0 on the year with an 8-2 decision over No. 14 Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech ... Picked up three more wins at the CAA Duals, including an 8-3 decision over No. 16 Steve Bonanno of Hofstra ... Went 3-0 at the Virginia Duals, including a 16-8 major decision over No. 19 Tyler Cox of Wyoming ... Moved into a tie for sixth on ODU's all-time wins list ... Continued his dominating season by winning the Southern Scuffle by beating No. 7 Zach Sanders of Minnesota in the finals ... Went 5-0 over the two-day event and did not allow an opponent to score more than two points in any of his five matches ... Won the season-opening Hokie Open by defeating No. 10 Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech in the finals ... Named CAA Wrestler of the Month for November by going 9-0 with four major decisions.
James Nicholson's Wins over NCAA Qualifiers:

Date:Opponent:School:11/7/10Jarrod GarnettVirginia Tech
11/7/10Prescott GarnerNavy/Chattanooga
11/27/10Manny RamirezUNC Greensboro
12/30/10Mark RappoPenn

12/30/10Jason LaraOregon State
12/30/10Zach SandersMinnesota
1/15/11Steve BonannoHofstra
1/21/11Derek ReberBucknell
2/10/11Jarrod GarnettVirginia Tech
2/13/11Manny RamirezUNC Greensboro
2/20/11Matt SnyderVirgina
3/5/11Steve BonannoHofstra
3/17/11Tyler IwamuraCal State Bakersfield
3/18/11Alan WatersMissouri
3/18/11Jarrod GarnettVirginia Tech
3/18/11Nicholas BedelyonKent State

2009-10: Won third-straight CAA Championship at 125-pounds...Finished the year 32-3...Went a perfect 15-0 in dual meets and 8-0 against CAA opponents...Second on the team with seven pins and tied for second on the squad with six major decisions...Led ODU with four technical falls...Named to the NWCA Division I All-Academic Team for the third-straight season...Has been selected twice to compete in the prestigious NWCA All-Star Classic...Entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 7 seed...Ranked as high as No. 3 at the 125 pound weight class during the regular season...Earned VaSID all-State honors...Selected as CAA Wrestling Scholar Athlete of the Year...Joined teammate Chris Brown as the first two Monarchs to become three-time CAA Champions and just the seventh and eighth wreslters in the CAA to achieve the feat...Career record of 103-17...Has defeated an NCAA qualifier 30 times over the past three years.
James Nicholson's Wins over NCAA Qualifiers:

2008-09: CAA Champion at 125-pounds...Went a perfect 3-0 at the CAA Tournament...Qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season...Won a bout at the NCAA Tournament and ended the year 36-4...Led the team with five technical falls....Claimed first place at the Michigan State Open...Ended in third at the Midlands Championship...National Wrestling Coaches Association Division I All-Academic Team member.
Wins over NCAA Qualifiers:

Date:Opponent:School:12/4/09Frank LomasCal State Bakersfield
12/4/09Andre GonzalezCal State Fullerton
12/5/09Nikko TriggasOhio State
12/5/09Michael MartinezWyoming
1/31/10Matt SteintragerCentral Michigan
3/18/10Chris NotteOklahoma State
3/19/10Tony GravelyAppalachian State

2007-08: NCAA ALL-AMERICAN...Finished 8th at 125 lbs at the NCAA Tournament...CAA Champion...Named Wrestler and Rookie of the Year by VaSID...CAA Rookie of the Year...CAA First Team...Named CAA Rookie of the Week four times during the season...Amateur Wrestling News First Team All-Rookie squad...Ranked nationally during the season...Finished year with 35-10 record, including 16 dual victories...Had eight major decisions, five technical falls and two pins...Won weight class at Virginia Intercollegiate Tournament and finished second at Missouri Open and third at Southern Scuffle.
Wins over NCAA Qualifiers:

Date:Opponent:School:11/22/08Obenson BlancOklahoma State
11/16/08Jarrod GarnettVirginia Tech
11/23/08Joey FioOklahoma
12/29/08Ben KjarUtah Valley
12/30/08Brendan ByrneMaryland
12/31/08Jay IvancoClarion
12/31/08Scott SentesCentral Michigan
1/9/09Tony MustariNorthern Colorado
1/10/09Nic BedelyonKent State
1/17/09Steve BonannoHofstra
1/25/09Derek ReberBucknell
2/1/09Scott SentesCentral Michigan
2/19/09Jarrod GarnettVirginia Tech
3/7/09Steve BonannoHofstra
3/19/09Brad PatakyPenn State

2006-07: Redshirt freshman year...2007 FILA Junior National All-American...2007 Junior World Team Trials runner-up...Alternate on 2007 FILA Junior World Team...
Prep: 2006 High School state champion, recording an undefeated senior campaign of 42-0...2006 Junior National finalist...2005 AAA state placewinner...Roosevelt High School Man of the Year...2004 Greco All-American...Ranked 9th by WIN and Wrestling USA...2006 USA Wrestling Jr. All-American...Wrestling USA All-American Honorable Mention...Total high school record of 132-24.

Off the Mat: Born October 22, 1987...Son of Ramon and Virginia Nicholson...Has three brothers, Jason (26), John (18), and Joseph (10), and four sisters, Joy (25), Julia (24), Janell (20) and Jessica (18)...Favorite sports personality is Emmitt Smith...Person in history most like to meet is Abraham Lincoln...Favorite movie is "Gladiator"...Favorite book is "The Old Man & The Sea"...Has set a life goal to exceed all his own expectations, including becoming a national champion...Majoring in business management.

12/30/07David Tomasette Hofstra
12/31/07Ross GitomerVirginia
12/31/07Brendan ByrneMaryland
1/5/08Ross GitomerVirginia
1/11/08John TrumbettiLock Haven
1/12/08Nic BedelyonKent State
1/12/08Ross GitomerVirginia
1/19/08David TomasetteHofstra
3/8/08David TomasetteHofstra
3/20/08Eric MorrillEdinboro
3/20/08Michael SeesBloomsburg
3/21/08Rollie PterkinPenn

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