Brandon Nelsen
Brandon  Nelsen

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Indianapolis, Ind.

High School:
Lawrence North

Height / Weight:
5-6 / 149

Birthdate:
08/13/1991



04/15/2015

2014-15 Wrestling Season Recap

Boilermakers turned a new corner under the direction of first-year head coach Tony Ersland.

03/20/2015

Boilermakers Bow Out of NCAA Championships

2014-15 season comes to a close during Session III at the Scottrade Center.

03/19/2015

Four Grapplers Alive in Wrestlebacks

Session III will get underway Friday at 11 a.m. ET.

03/12/2015

2015 NCAA Wrestling Championships Central

March 19-21 // Scottrade Center // St. Louis, Mo.

03/08/2015

All Five Purdue Wrestling Seniors NCAA Bound

Boilermakers register 37.5 points with five placewinners at B1G Championships.

12/09/2011

Purdue vs. Michigan State

Purdue vs. Michigan State - Dec. 09, 2011

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
• Three-time B1G Championships placewinner
• Two-time NCAA Championships qualifier

CAREER RECORDS
Overall Record // 84-55
Dual Record // 32-23
B1G Dual Record // 13-16
Tournament Record // 52-31
Decisions // 41-45
Major Decisions // 11-9
Technical Falls // 1-1
Falls // 30-0
Shutouts // 4-6

• Fourth on Purdue's career reversals list with 45
• Sixth all-time in career falls with 30
• 17th all-time in career back points with 124
• 25th three-time B1G placewinner in program history


2014-15 // REDSHIRT SENIOR // 149
Season Record // 23-14
Dual Record // 6-6
B1G Dual Record // 4-5
Tournament Record // 17-7
Decisions // 13-12
Major Decisions // 3-2
Technical Falls // 0-0
Falls // 7-0
Shutouts // 1-1

Tournaments
• Michigan State Open runner-up (unattached) (11/2)
• Placed third at Roadrunner Open (11/16)
• Competed at Midlands Championships (12/29-30)
• Placed seventh at B1G Championships (3/7-8)
• NCAA Championships qualifier (3/19-20)

Season Notes
• Tied for 18th in single-season reversals with 14
• Team leader in tournament wins (17), reversals (14), total points scored (267) ... tied for most falls (7)
• Was the only wrestler to surpass the century mark in the first period with 106 points ... also team leader in the second period with 79 points
• His 18 first-period points in an eventual 2:54 pin of SIU Edwardsville's Karsten Van Velsor were the most by any Boilermaker in a single match
• Registered most offensive season of career, scoring 267 points in 37 matches, for an average of 7.2 per match. The most points he had previously scored in a season was 237 during his redshirt sophomore campaign in 2012-13, but only averaged 5.9 points per match. Last season, he finished with 111 points in 25 matches wrestled.
• Single-season career highs in takedowns (60), reversals (14), three-point nearfalls (13), back points (51)
• Was +40 in the first period, +25 in the second and +19 in the third
• Pinned back-to-back opponents in first two bouts at Michigan State and Roadrunner Opens
• Went 5-2, including four straight wins in wrestlebacks, to fall one match short of a podium finish at Midlands
• Earned second career trip to the NCAA Championships with seventh-place finish at B1G Championships, beating Michigan State's Nick Trimble, 9-3, thanks to a five-point second period and rallied after being tilted in the third ... first win of the tournament was a 16-4 major decision of No. 18 Ken Theobold of Rutgers ... 16 match points were a season high and the most he'd scored since Dec. 8, 2012 (17)
• Opened NCAA Championships by upsetting Pittsburgh's 18th-ranked Mike Racciato, 10-6 ... two losses followed to bow out of tournament at 1-2

2013-14 // REDSHIRT JUNIOR // 149
Season Record // 14-14
Dual Record // 6-6
B1G Dual Record // 2-5
Tournament Record // 8-8
Decisions // 9-13
Major Decisions // 0-1
Technical Falls // 0-0
Falls // 5-0
Shutouts // 0-2

Tournaments
• Competed at Michigan State Open (11/9)
• Competed at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (12/6-7)
• Competed at Midlands Championships (12/29)
• Competed at B1G Championships (3/8)

Season Notes
• Bumped up a weight class after wrestling first two seasons at 141
• Started in 12 of 14 duals
• Pinned five opponents
• His eight reversals were 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
Season Record // 26-14
Dual Record // 14-6
B1G Dual Record // 5-3
Tournament Record // 12-8
Decisions // 9-10
Major Decisions // 6-3
Technical Falls // 1-1
Falls // 9-0
Shutouts // 1-2

Awards & Honors
• Most Falls Award (9)

Tournaments
• Eastern Michigan Open 141-pound champion (11/3)
• Competed at Northern Iowa Open (12/8)
• Competed at Midlands Championships (12/29)
• Placed fourth at B1G Championships (3/9-10)
• NCAA Championships qualifier (3/20-21)

Season Notes
• Posted wins in all five of the Boilermakers' B1G duals, playing a key role in narrow victories against Wisconsin and Michigan
• 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, including a fall over Wyoming's Zach Zehner
• Placed fourth at B1G Championships, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships
• Went 1-2 with a fall at the national championships, pinning Northwestern's Pat Greco
• Led the team in falls (9) and bonus point wins (16; 6 MD, 1 TF, 9 F) ... nine falls in a single-season tied for 17th in Purdue record book
• 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
Season Record // 21-13
Dual Record // 6-5
B1G Dual Record // 2-3
Tournament Record // 15-8
Decisions // 10-10
Major Decisions // 2-3
Technical Falls // 0-0
Falls // 9-0
Shutouts // 2-1

Tournaments
• Competed at Eastern Michigan Open (11/5)
• Placed fifth at Michigan State Open (11/12)
• Maryville/Kaufman Brands Open 141-pound champion (12/4)
• Competed at Midlands Championships (12/29-30)
• Placed eighth at B1G Championships (3/3-4)

Season Notes
• Went 2-2 at the Eastern Michigan Open, including his first collegiate fall
• Went 5-1 with wins over a pair of B1G opponents at Michigan State Open
• Won nine straight matches from Dec. 4-29, including five by fall
• Won the Maryville/Kaufman Brands Open with three falls and a 10-3 decision over NCAA qualifier Nick Hucke of Missouri
• Pinned Michigan State's Brian Gibbs in his first career B1G dual
• Advanced to the round of 12 at the Midlands Championships, including his first career win over a ranked opponent: No. 8 Stephen Dutton of Lehigh (4-2)
• Placed eighth at the B1G Championships, 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

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 2009 FloNationals

PERSONAL
• Full Name: Brandon Taylor Nelsen
• Major: Law and Society
• Birthday: August 13, 1991
• City Born: Blue Springs, Missouri
• Parents: Richard Nelsen and Maleea Woodall
• Siblings: One brother, Justin
• Notes: High school teammate of Cashé Quiroga