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A Look at the Career of James Green

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.

International Accomplishments

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


Collegiate Accomplishments


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

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