Nate Jackson and Bo Nickal battle in the NCAA semifinals in 2016 (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Bo Nickal and Nate Jackson have a rivalry that goes back almost five years.
In 2016, Jackson, then a junior, gave the redshirt freshman and top-ranked Nickal his first official collegiate loss when he edged him 7-6 in a January dual meet. Nickal came back to avenge the loss two months later in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships, 4-3.
On Monday, it was announced that Nickal and Jackson will renew their rivalry at the NLWC on Rokfin event slated for Nov. 24.
Nickal was a three-time NCAA champion at Penn State, finishing his career with a record of 120-3. He won a U.S. Open title in 2019 at 92 kilograms and reached Final X. Nickal went on to capture a gold medal at the 2019 U23 World Championships. Nickal notched a win over Alex Dieringer at the first NLWC event on Sept. 19.
Nate Jackson (Photo/Sam Janicki, SJanickiPhoto.com)
Jackson finished his career as a two-time All-American at Indiana. He reached the finals at Senior Nationals last month before falling to Gabe Dean. Jackson recently finished third in Flo's 8-Man Challenge at 195 pounds. He has earned medals at several international events, including a silver at the 2019 Dave Schultz Memorial International and a gold at the 2019 Medved tournament.