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Nick Lester
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Nick Lester 1373059
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 149
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Eureka, Mo.
Year Overall Duals Big 12 Big 12 Finish Major Decisions
Tech Falls
2009-10* 5-1 0-0 DNC DNC 1 0 2
2010-11 8-6 2-1 0-1 DNC 2 0 0
2011-12 23-13 11-7 3-3 3rd 7 4 3
2012-13 17-13 6-7 2-1 3rd 2 5 2
2013-14 19-13 7-9 3-5 3rd 4 5 3
Totals 72-46 26-24 8-10 -- 16 14 10

*Redshirt Season

2012 All-American at 149 pounds … Academic All-Big 12 First Team (2014) … NWCA Division I All-Academic Team (2014) … Posted a career record of 72-46.

Automatic qualifier at 141 pounds for the 2014 NCAA Division I Championships in Oklahoma City … Finished 2-2 at NCAAs … Went 19-13 for the season, including a 7-9 mark in dual competition … Opened season with six straight wins … Finished third at Big 12 Championship after falling to Oklahoma State’s Anthony Collica by 1-0 decision in the semifinals then defeating West Virginia’s Colin Johnston by a 17-0 technical fall … Won 141-pound weight class at Brockport/Oklahoma Invitational as OU won the tournament for 15th straight year … Took third at the competitive Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Invitational, helping the Sooners to a team victory at the event … Upset then-No. 7 Mike Nevinger of Cornell by a 2:16 fall at NWCA National Duals … Named to Academic All-Big 12 First Team … Placed on NWCA Division I All-Academic Team … Recorded seven decisions, four major decisions, five technical falls and three falls on the season.

Went 1-2 at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Des Moines with a first round victory against Utah Valley's No. 20 Josh Wilson...Fell out of NCAA Championship competition with a second-round wrestlebacks loss to Edinboro's No. 15 David Habat...A 2013 NCAA At-Large qualifier at 149 pounds...Finished third at the Big 12 Championship (149) with a 7-2 decision over WVU's George Scheffel...Won his fourth-straight bout after he tallied his fifth tech fall of the season, downing WVU's Tim Wheeling 17-0 in 5:57...Finished fifth at the 2012 Midlands Championships after he defeated Grajales with a 10-2 major decision, the first of the 2012-13 season...Notched his first fall of his redshirt junior campaign after he pinned Lehigh's Mitch Minotti in 6:27 at the Midlands Championships...One of two Sooners to go undefeated at the 2012 Journeymen/Asics Northeast Duals alongside fellow redshirt junior Kendric Maple...Was one of five Sooners to take home titles at the Brockport/Oklahoma Invitational after he claimed the 149-pound title en route to Oklahoma's 14th straight victory at the annual event...Opened the 2012 season at the NWCA All-Star Classic where he faced the nation's No. 2 149-pounder, Jason Chamberlain of Boise State, but fell in a 6-3 decision.

Was named an All-American after he went 3-3 at NCAAs as an automatic qualifier ... Opened NCAA action upsetting Binghamton's fourth-seeded Donald Vinson, 9-4 ... Went 23-13 on the year where he tallied four pins, five technical falls and seven major decision wins ... Finished third at the 2012 Big 12 Championships following a technical fall victory over ISU's Joe Cozart ... Claimed fourth at the Midlands Champion¬ships after posting a 5-2 record ... Runner-up at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic after going 2-1.

Finished the year with an 8-6 record ... Started the first three duals of the year for OU at 149 pounds, where he went 2-1 ... His only dual loss came to Oklahoma State's Jamal Parks on Dec. 12, 5-2 ... Competed in the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic (0-2), Cliff Keen Invitational (2-1), and Midlands (5-2) tournaments.

AS A FRESHMAN (2009-10):

Redshirted ... Recorded a 5-1 mark on the season, all coming from the Missouri Open where he placed third ... Two of this wins were by fall and one my major decision.

Competed at Eureka High School ... Was a four-year letterman ... Was crowned Missouri state champion his junior and senior years ... Placed third at state his freshman season and second his sophomore year ... Won the silver medal at Junior High School Nationals ... Placed sixth at Fargo Freestyle Nationals during his junior and senior seasons and third as a sophomore ... Coached by Ted Peckron, Jim Yancey and Mark Gentry.

Full name is Nicholas T. Lester ... Hometown is St. Louis Mo. ... Son of Gregory and Tereasa Lester ... Has three brothers Ryan (8) Matt (19) and Brent (25) and one sister, Tara (13) ... Business is his planned major ... Buffalo Wild Wings is his favorite restaurant ... His favorite hobby is watching movies ... The Office is his favorite TV show ... The Caribbean is his favorite vacation destination.

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