Indiana wrestling alumnus Nate Jackson won the 92-kilogram bracket in the USA Wrestling World Team Trials Championship in Coralville, Iowa over the weekend. The win secured Jackson a spot in Final X Stillwater, and he will face off against University of Missouri alumnus J'den Cox for a spot on USA Wrestling's 2022 Senior World Team.
Jackson wrestled as part of the New York Athletic Club/New Jersey Regional Training Center during the weekend. He won his four matches by a combined score of 40-0.
Jackson first defeated University of Virginia alumnus and Cavalier Wrestling Club representative Michael Battista in the Quarterfinals 11-0 in 2:04. In the semi-finals, Jackson defeated another former Virginia Cavalier Jay Aiello 11-0 with the match lasting 1:42.
In the 92 kg bracket's championship round, Jackson swept North Carolina State University sophomore Isaac Trumble. He recorded a 10-0 tech fall victory in the first match, which lasted only 41 seconds, and an 8-0 win in the second match to secure his championship.
At Indiana, Jackson was a three-time NCAA Championship qualifier in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He was also a two-time All-American in 2016 and 2017 at 174 and 184 lbs, respectively. Jackson currently serves as an assistant coach for the Princeton University wrestling program, where he has worked for five seasons.
Final X Stillwater will take place on Friday, June 3 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma Jackson will wrestle Cox in a best of three series to determine the qualification for the 2022 World Team.