Collin Jensen wrestling at college nationals
By Jay Davis
University of Nebraska red-shirt freshman Collin Jensen will be competing at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla., Thursday through Saturday.
After reeling off a 20-13 record during his first varsity season, Jensen was selected as one of the final 33 wrestlers in the 285-pound division.
Jensen, who is unseeded, will face 11 seed Austin Marsden of Oklahoma St. in the opening round.
While he finished just 10th in the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago, it was enough for Jensen’s name to be added to roster of 285-pound wrestlers. The entire top 10 from the Big Ten are entered this weekend.
The depth and strength of the Big Ten is shown the championship’s seedings. Anthony Nelson of Minnesota is seeded first, Adam Chaflant of Indiana third, Adam Coon of Michigan fourth, Bobby Telford of Iowa fifth, Mike McMullen of Northwestern sixth, Mike McClure of Michigan State seventh, Connor Medbury of Wisconsin ninth and Jonathan Gingrich of Penn State 14th. Only Jensen and Nick Tavanello of Ohio St. are unseeded.
Before launching his college career, Jensen had an outstanding career at Mobridge-Pollock High School. He put and exclamation on his career by going 45-0 and winning the 220-pound title at the Class B State Wrestling Tournament in 2012. Jensen took third in state at 195 pounds with a record of 39-3 as a junior and went 168-62 for his career.
He is the son of Kyle and Beth Jensen.
The entire national tournament will be aired live through ESPN with televised action on ESPNU and the semifinals and finals on ESPN. Digitally, every match can be viewed at ESPN3 and WatchESPN.