Troy Nickerson, Cornell University, Class of 2010
A product of Chenango Forks, NY, Troy Nickerson was one of the most highly regarded prep wrestlers in the country coming out of high school. He won five New York high school state championships and six national high school championships.
At Cornell from 2006-10, Troy compiled a remarkable collegiate career. He won the EIWA tournament three times, along with one runner-up finish. At the NCAA tournament, Troy finished first, second, third and fourth, winning the crown at 125 pounds his junior year defeating former champion Paul Donahoe in the finals. A chronic shoulder injury forced Troy to sit out the next season but he came back in 2010 to place 4th in the country.
Troy’s career record at Cornell was 97-8 with 38 falls. That is the highest modern day pinning percentage in Cornell wrestling history.
Troy was the first male athlete in the history of the Ivy League, in any sport, to claim the Player and Rookie of the Year awards in the same season. He was the first Cornell or Ivy League wrestler to reach the NCAA finals as a freshman. He was named the Cornell Senior Athlete of the Year in 2010.
Troy graduated from Cornell with a bachelor’s degree in biology & science and a minor in nutritional science. He currently is the head wrestling coach at Northern Colorado University and resides in Greeley, CO with his wife, Allie.