Cavaliers wrestle Tuesday and Wednesday in Chattanooga, Tenn.
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