HIGHLIGHTS & AWARDS • Two-time Big Ten Championships placewinner (2012 - 8th; 2013 - 4th) • 2013 NCAA qualifier • 2013 Most Falls (9)
2013-14 | REDSHIRT JUNIOR | 149 Bumped up a weight class after wrestling first two seasons at 141 and went 14-14 ... started in 12 of 14 duals earning a 6-6 mark ... pinned five opponents to push career total to 23, a mark tied for ninth all-time at Purdue ... logged eight reversals to climb into a tie for 15th on career total list with 31 ... eight reversals was second highest season total on team ... scored 138 total points and 21 dual points ... was a team-best 3-0 in sudden victory matches ... pinned three consecutive opponents at Michigan State Open ... avenged early season loss to Ohio State's Ian Paddock by upsetting the 18th-ranked Buckeye in dual action, 7-5 in sudden victory.
2012-13 | REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE | 141 Turned in a 26-14 season, including a 5-3 mark in Big Ten duals en route to his first career NCAA Championship qualification ... won the Eastern Michigan Open (11/3), including a pair of major decisions ... posted wins in all five of the Boilermakers' Big Ten duals, playing a key roll in narrow victories against Wisconsin (1/28) and Michigan (2/3) ... pinned Wisconsin's Tom Kelliher (6:26) in a 22-14 win over the Badgers at Hinsdale Central High School (Illinois) ... scored a 12-0 major decision over Michigan's Camryn Jackson in a 19-18 team victory ... won a pair of matches at the NWCA National Duals (2/17), including a fall over Wyoming's Zach Zehner ... placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships (3/9-10), earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships ... went 1-2 with a fall at the national championships (3/20-21), pinning Northwestern's Pat Greco ... led the team with nine falls, increasing his career total to 18, which is already tied for 14th in school history ... led the team in bonus point wins, posting six major decisions, one technical fall and nine falls ... ranked second on the squad with 26 wins, and tied for second with six major decisions ... finished third on the team with 69 dual points, tied for third with 11 reversals and ranked third with 40 back points.
2011-12 | REDSHIRT FRESHMAN | 141 Finished 21-13 in his first collegiate season ... went 2-2 at the Eastern Michigan Open (11/5), including his first collegiate fall ... placed fifth at the Michigan State Open, going 5-1 with wins over a pair of Big Ten opponents ... won nine straight matches from 12/4 to 12/29, including five falls ... won the Maryville/Kaufman Brands Open (12/4) with three falls and a 10-3 decision over NCAA qualifier Nick Hucke of Missouri ... pinned Michigan State's Brian Gibbs (12/9) in his first career Big Ten dual ... advanced to the Round of 12 at the Midlands Championships (12/29-30), including his first career win over a ranked opponent: Stephen Dutton of Lehigh (D 4-2) ... placed eighth at the Big Ten Championships (3/3-4), going 2-3 ... finished second on the team with nine falls, matching the No. 17 mark in single-season history ... ranked fourth with 41 takedowns, third with 12 reversals and third with 26 back points.
2010-11 | FRESHMAN Redshirted ... did not compete during initial season at Purdue.
HIGH SCHOOL Four-time varsity letterwinner at Lawrence North High School ... placed at the Indiana State High School Championships four times, including the 119-pound state title as a senior ... finished third at the state tournament as a junior and sophomore and fourth as a freshman ... posted a high school career record of 187-27, including a 51-1 mark as a senior and 50-4 mark as a junior ... took third place at the 2009 Flonationals Tournament ... joins former high school teammate CashAc Quiroga on the Boilermaker roster.
PERSONAL Brandon Taylor Nelsen was born Aug. 13, 1991, in Blue Springs, Mo. ... is the son of Richard Nelsen and Maleea Woodall ... has one brother, Justin ... majoring in Law and Society.