2x world medalist James Green (Photo/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
On Friday morning, news broke that six-time Senior World Team member James Green was retiring to take the National Freestyle Developmental Coach for USA Wrestling. Green has been a mainstay on the senior level since he graduated from Nebraska in 2015. He has made every world team since 2015 at 70 kg. Green takes over a position left vacant by Kevin Jackson after he left to join the Michigan coaching staff before the 2021-22 season. In an era dominated by former Nebraska training partner Jordan Burroughs, Kyle Snyder, and a handful of other world/Olympic champions, Green could have been overlooked, a bit. His domestic dominance at 70 kg put him on a tier by himself and he was extremely consistent. After spending the bulk of his career training out of his alma mater, Green moved to Virginia Tech's Southeast RTC in mid-2020 and has worked out in Blacksburg since.
Below are just some of the many accomplishments by James during his illustrious career at Nebraska and on the freestyle circuit.
Six-time Senior Team Member
Two-time World Medalist (3rd - 2015; 2nd - 2017)
2x Pan-American Champion (2017, 2018)
3x Grand Prix of Spain Champion (2015, 2016, 2017)
2x Final X winner (2018, 2019)
2022 Yasar Dogu silver medalist
2018 World Cup champion
Member of the 2017 World Championship team
Made the 2015 team after winning a special (controversial) wrestle-off against the returning 70kg team member, Nick Marable. Swept Marable 4-0 and 2-1.
2014 University World silver medalist
Four-time All-American (3rd: 2015; 3rd: 2014; 7th: 2013; 7th: 2012)
Won the final match of the year - all four years with Nebraska.
2014 Big Ten Champion; Two-time Big Ten finalist
Green and Robert Kokesh were the first Cornhuskers ever to win Big Ten titles (2014).
#1 Seed at 2014 NCAA Championships
NCAA Seeds (2015: #4; 2014: #1; 2013: #4, 2012: #11)
One of only seven Nebraska wrestlers to earn the #1 seed since the year 2000.
129-22 career record at Nebraska. His 129 wins are fifth-most by a Nebraska wrestler. His total was one more than Jordan Burroughs'.
129-22 is good for a .854 winning percentage, eighth best in Nebraska history. He twice had 35 victories in a season. That is tied for the 20th highest total in Nebraska program history.
35-2 record in 2013-14 is good for a .946 mark. That is tied for 10th in school history.
34 wins in 2011-12 is the third-highest total for a freshman in Nebraska history.
2014 NWCA All-Star win over Ian Miller (Kent State)
Nebraska co-Outstanding Wrestling 2014
Second of only two four-time NCAA All-Americans for Nebraska
James never redshirted while at Nebraska