FARGO, N.D.— North Dakota State University head wrestling coach Roger Kish announced United States Olympic Team hopeful Chase Nelson has joined the staff as a volunteer assistant.
Nelson, a native of Wichita, Kan., has most recently been working with the U.S. World Freestyle and Greco teams, helping to prepare for the World Championships at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He has been training to compete at the U.S. National Championships and earn a berth on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team.
Following his senior year at Nebraska-Kearney, Nelson went 2-2 at the 2014 U.S. Open beating NCAA Division I champion Bubba Jenkins before falling to bronze medalist James Green in the quarterfinals. The next year, he went 3-2 at the U.S. Open including a win over three-time Division I All-American Montel Marion.
Nelson began his collegiate career at Labette Community College, winning the 2010 NJCAA national championship at 157-pounds with a 41-2 record. During that season, he also won the Omaha Open, Kearney Open, Bob Smith Open, Kansas Cup Invitational and Central Regional. In the off-season, Nelson placed fourth at 174-pounds in the University Nationals Freestyle.
Transferring to the University of Oklahoma, Nelson compiled a 12-2 record at 165 pounds and went 18-11 at 157. He qualified as an at-large entrant into the 2011 NCAA Division I Championships from his showing at the Big 12 Conference tournament. Nelson won the 2010 Midlands Championships during that season.
Nelson completed his collegiate career at the Nebraska-Kearney, placing second at 165 pounds in the 2013 NCAA Division II Championships. He won the NCAA Division II Super Regional and Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championships.