Awards and Honors:
2014 Academic All-Big Ten
season record while competing unattached at 184 lbs. ... went 3-2 at the Pointer Open to take fifth place ... 1-1 record at the Navy Classic ... finished the UNI Open 2-2
9-9 record in open tournaments while competing unattached at 174, 184 and 197 lbs. ... 3-2 record at the Duhawk Open ... 1-2 record at the Grand View Open ... 1-2 record at the Jim Fox Open ... placed second at the Dan Gable Open with a record of 3-1... 1-2 record at the Loras Open
2012-13: 7-13 record in open tournaments at 174 lbs. ... placed fifth at the Loras Open with a 2-2 record ... 1-2 record at the Pointer Open ... 0-2 record at the UNI Open ... 3-3 record at the Flash Flanagan Open ... 1-2 record at the Grand View Open ... 0-2 at the Blugold Open.
High School: Four-year varsity team member at Brookfield Central High School ... team captain junior and senior years ... named team MVP in his senior season ... member of the Team Wisconsin National Team ... also competed in football and cross country ... graduated with honors and won a Scholar Athlete Award ... awarded the Bob Petruska Award, given to the Brookfield Central athlete who best displays leadership, sportsmanship and determination.
Parents are Dean and Karen Veling ... two siblings, Tyler Veling (22) and Michael Smith (30) ... is an Eagle Scout ... hobbies include long boarding, water tubing and quantum mechanics ... majoring in biochemistry and philosophy.
What does it mean to be a Badger?
"Being a leader in your community, representing Wisconsin in everything you do, and having a winning mindset."
Off the Mat with Nic
Why did you choose to attend Wisconsin? Wisconsin has a strong academic program that will help me achieve my goals off the mat and after graduation.
Most memorable wrestling achievement: Receiving the Bob Petruska Scholarship Award, which is the most prestigious student-athlete award at my high school for my leadership and dedication to wrestling.
Before each match I: Think through how the match is going to go and how I'm going to attack my opponent
Favorite Barry Davis quote: "Wham-O"
First started wrestling: 13/ 8th grade