Matt Nelson
Matt Nelson

Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Pittsburgh, Pa.

High School:
Shaler

Height / Weight:
5-6 / 141



2012 NCAA Qualifier - 133 pounds

AT VIRGINIA: 2011-12

• Posted 19-7 record after returning from brain injury and concussion issues which sidelined him for nearly five years
• Placed third at ACC Championships to earn automatic bid to NCAAs
• Went 2-2 at NCAA Championships
• Rebounded from loss to No. 7 seed AJ Schopp of Edinboro to win matches against Hofstra's Jamie Franco (6-2) Wyoming's Zach Zehner (10-9) before falling 5-3 to Central Michigan's Zach Horan (5-3) in wrestlebacks
• Ranked No. 22 in final NCAA Coaches Rankings and No. 19 in RPI
• Posted a 4-1 record in ACC duals, with lone loss coming to Devin Carter of Virginia Tech (Dec., 11-5)
• Three of four season losses came to ranked wrestlers (two to Carter, one to then-No. 18 Jordan Thome of Army)
• Placed third at Body Bar Invitational (11/19), with lone loss coming by one point to Thome
• Took third at Hokie Open (11/6), with only loss coming to Carter
• Made a remarkable comeback this season after sitting out nearly five years because of brain injury/concussion symptoms; suffered concussion his senior year of high school (2007) and was cleared to resume training in January 2011

2010-11

• Returned to wrestling in January after long hiatus because of injury

SHALER AREA HIGH SCHOOL
• Finished with 125-15 career record
• State placer in 2004
• Three-time sectional champion
• Three-time Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League
• Three-time Allegheny County champion
• Involved in peer meditation for seven years

PERSONAL
• Parents are Mike and Kim Nelson
• Has three siblings - MJ, Lindsay and twin brother Nick, who wrestled at Virginia from 2007-12
• Enjoys music, concerts and football

Weight Overall Dual ACC Dual Dual Pts. ACC NCAA MD TF Pins Fastest
Year Class Record Record Record Scored Place W/L W/L W/L Pin
2010-11* 149 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 -
2011-12 133 19-5 7-2 4-1 32 2-1/3rd 2-2 3-0 0-0 4-1 2:30
2012-13 141 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 -
Career 21-7 7-2 4-1 32 2-1 2-2 3-0 0-0 4-2 2:30