Nick Simmons enters the 2006-07 season with the potential to be one of Michigan State's most successful wrestlers. He needs just 10 falls to become the schools all-time falls leader and is only 23 wins from reaching the top three all time in victories. Simmons can also become the first four-time All-American from MSU since Pat Milkovich in 1976.
2006 NCAA Championships: Took fourth for the second-straight season with a 4-2 record...Awed the Oklahoma City crowd by pinning his first three opponents of the tournament: Northern Iowa's Seth Wright in 44 seconds, Lock Haven's Obenson Blanc in one minute and All-American Chad Mendes of Cal Poly at the 6:44 mark...Fell in the semifinals ot Cornell's Troy Nickerson, 2-1, but rebounded against Oklahoma State's Coleman Scott to reach the consolation finals...Fell to Oklahoma's Sam Hazewinkel in the third-place match for the second straight year, 6-2.
2006 Big Ten Championships: Won his second-consecutive Big Ten championship with a 3-0 record...Defeated two-time NCAA finalist Kyle Ott from Illinois, 7-0, in a rematch of the 2005 conference finals...Claimed a shutout in his first match as well, dropping Minnesota's Travis Lang, 7-0...Won a thrilling 6-3 decision over Northwestern's John Velez in the first set of tiebreakers of their semifinal match when he put the Wildcat wrestler to his back.
2005-06: Entered the national tournament as the number-one seed, with a flawless 32-0 record...Went a perfect 8-0 in Big Ten dual-meet competition, and was unbeaten in dual meets with a 14-0 record...Led the team in falls with 16, and enters the 2006-07 season just nin pins away from the MSU all-time falls record of 45...Tied with his brother Andy for the team lead in wins with 36, and also paced the team in shutouts with 11 and dual-meet points with 61...Took home tournament championships at the Eastern Michigan Open and the Michigan State Open...Was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week twice; once for his performance at the EMU Open and again for defeating Sam Hazewinkel in the final week of the season...Competed in the NWCA All-Star meet for the second-straight season, clashing with Oklahoma's Sam Hazewinkel...Claimed his second-straight Midlands Championships title, pinning Northern Illinois' Pat Castillo in the finals...Recorded falls in less than 50 seconds in his first two matches of the season....Gave up just three points in the first 19 matches of the season...Avenged a loss in last year's NCAA semifinals by defeating Illinois' two-time NCAA finalist Kyle Ott in a dual meet on Feb. 12, 14-0...Dropped Oklahoma's Sam Hazewinkel for the first time in his career in a dual Feb. 23, 4-2.
2005 NCAA Championships: Took a career-best fourth, going 4-2...Notched an opening-round victory, 3-1, over Buffalo's Mark McKnight...Recorded technical falls in the second round, against Dave Tomasette of Hofstra, then in the quarterfinals against No. 7 Andrew Hochstrasser of Boise State...Dropped a heartbreaking, sudden-victory decision to Illinois' Kyle Ott in the semifinals, 3-1...Rebounded in the consolation semifinals, defeating No. 3 Vic Moreno of Cal Poly by major decision, 8-0...Dropped the consolation finals bout to Oklahoma's Sam Hazewinkel, 6-3.
2005 Big Ten Championships: 2005 Big Ten Champion...Went 4-0 at the 2005 Big Ten Championships, recording a fall against Wisconsin's Collin Cudd in the opening round and a technical fall versus Brandon Tucker of Purdue in the quarterfinals...Avenged a regular-season loss to Indiana's Joe Dubuque in the semifinals...Defeated All-American Kyle Ott of Illinois in the finals to win his first-career Big Ten title.
2004-05: Named Michigan State Male Athlete of the Year...Competed in the prestigious NWCA All-Star meet, falling to Oklahoma's Sam Hazewinkel, 2-0...Moved to sixth all-time on MSU's falls list with 33...Ranked third in the nation for the majority of the season...Led the team in dual-meet victories with 10 and was tied for first on the squad in Big Ten victories with six...Also paced the team in technical falls with five and tied with his brother, Andy, for the team lead in wins with 32...Defeated Iowa State's Grant Nakumura by major decision, 10-0, to win his first-career Midlands Championship...Went a perfect 5-0 at the Midlands Championships...Did not give up a point in four matches at the 2004 Eastern Michigan Open en route to a first-place finish...Went a perfect 5-0 at the 2004 North Carolina Open to win the tournament championship...Outscored his Big Ten foes 58-4 and all of his opponents 149-17...Recorded a team-high 14 shutout victories and won his first 23 matches of the season...Defeated seven wrestlers ranked in the top 20 at 125 pounds...Named outstanding wrestler at the 2005 Freestyle University National Championships (4/15-16), pinning four of his five opponents en route to the 55-kg title...Took third at the 2005 U.S. Senior Freestyle National Championships (4/30), qualifying for the the U.S. World Team Trials...Took first at the University World Team Trials (5/28)...Claimed a fifth-place finish at the World University Games (8/13).
2003-04: Took an Olympic redshirt...Won Pan-American gold, going 4-0 with two pins...Took fifth at the Olympic Team trials, falling just short of qualifying for the 2004 Olympic team in Athens.
2002-03: Had a final record of 29-12...Captured All-American honors after taking seventh at the NCAA Championships...Notched a third--place finish at the Big Ten Tournament...Took second at the MSU Open and third at the Midlands...Recorded first official collegiate victory with a major decision over Kyle Stoffer of Central Michigan...Pinned both opponents in the first period of the National Duals...Shut out 2002 NCAA runner-up Luke Eustice of Iowa, 11-0.
2001-02: Redshirted...Went an impressive 25-3 including a team -high 12 pins in open competition...12 pins also tied him for ninth most pins ever in a season by a Spartan...Was champion of the Muskegon Open...Took second at the MSU Open and fourth at the EMU Open.
Prep: Undefeated record of 211-00 with 178 pins, one of the best records in the history of high school wrestling...Four-year letterwinner at Williamston High School...Served as captain his junior and senior years...Four-time All-American selection...Led team to state championship his sophomore and junior years...Had a state-record 54 consecutive pins during his 57-0 sophomore season...Lansing State Journal Dream Team selection...Also lettered in baseball and golf.
Personal: Born 10/25/82 in Clear Lake, Texas...Son of Scott and Debi Simmons...Father wrestled at MSU...Lists business management as his career ambition...Brother, Andy, is a senior on the MSU wrestling team.
Simmons' CAREER RECORD Season Overall Duals Big Ten Pins 2001-02* 23-3 0-0 3-2 13 2002-03 29-12 10-7 18-7 11 2003-04* OLYMPIC REDSHIRT 2004-05 32-4 10-1 11-2 9 2005-06 36-2 14-0 12-0 15 Totals 97-18 34-8 41-9 35