Nate Higgins
Nate Higgins
Weight: 157
Year: R-Sophomore
Hometown: Millstadt, Ill.
High School: Belleville West HS
Major: Undeclared - Engineering

2016-17: Placed fifth at Joe Parisi Open in the 165 open division… Earned the Cougars a third-place finish at the Grand View Open at 165 pounds ... Recorded 9-3 record as an unattached wrestler

2015-16: Split time at 157 and 165 pounds ... Captured 11-4 win over Northwestern's Luke Norland in Cougars' 28-18 upset victory over the Wildcats ... Won his opening match at the Southern Conference Championships with a 6-4 victory over Chattanooga's Dominic Lampe at 165 pounds ... Finished season with a 15-16 overall record that included two falls, one technical fall and three major decisions ... Placed fifth at 157 pounds at the Lindenwood Open.

2014-15: Wrestled unattached during the season and finished with a 13-2 record ... Won his last 13 matches of the season ... Champion at the Maryville Kaufman-Brand Open with 9-6 decision over Dimitri Willis ... Recorded three falls, including a 4:58 win over Wisconsin's Jared Scharenbrock ... Champion at the Flash Flanagan Open and the Joe Parisi Open.

Prep: State runner up as a senior at 152 pounds at Belleville West High School ... Finished senior season with a 47-4 record ... Set school record for wins in a season with 49, placing third as a junior at state championships ... Coached by SIUE Athletics Hall of Famer Al Sears ... Four-time All-Conference selection ... Academic All Conference winner ... Four-time scholar athlete ... Two-time Illinois State Freestyle place winner ... USAW Folkstyle Nationals All American ... USA Pre-Season Nationals ... Disney Duals All-American ...AAU freshman/sophmore national champion at 152 pounds for Team at the Illinois NWCA/USA Wrestling Scholastic Duals National Champions ... Nationally-ranked 17th at 152 pounds by WIN Magazine ... Parents are Patrick and Michelle Higgins.