College Recruiting: state champion Nelson to University of Minnesota

Gavin Nelson of Simley has committed to wrestling for the University of Minnesota in 2023.

Nelson is a three-time state placewinner and two-time finalist, winning the Class AAA 220-pound title in 2021 as a sophomore. He placed second at 170 pounds as a freshman and third at 152-pounds as an eighth-grader.

Nelson was a USA Wrestling Cadet Greco national champion and freestyle All-American in 2019 and was runner-up at the prestigious Super 32 Tournament this past October. Nelson recently earned a spot to represent the United States at the UWW Cadet World Championships at 92 kilograms (202 pounds) in freestyle, which takes place next month.

Nelson is projected to wrestle at 197 or 285 pounds for the Golden Gophers.

The Guillotine Wrestler Files
Gavin Nelson, Simley
2021 MSHSL State Tournament 2A 10th 220 1st 33-0
2020 MSHSL State Tournament 2A 9th 170 2nd 44-6
2019 MN Christmas Tournament 2A 9th 182 3rd
2019 USA Wrestling Nationals GR 16U 170 1st
2019 USA Wrestling Nationals FS 16U 170 5th
2019 UWW World Championships GR U15 75kg DNP
2019 Northern Plains Regional FS 16U 170 3rd
2019 MN/USA Wrestling State FS Cadet 170 2nd
2019 MN/USA Wrestling State GR Cadet 170 1st
2019 MSHSL State Tournament 2A 8th 152 3rd 44-7
2018 MN Christmas Tournament 2A 8th 152 7th

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