2014-15: Wisconsin's starter at 141 lbs. ... compiled a 5-12 season record ... went 1-2 at the NCAA Championships ... 1-2 finish at the Big Ten Championships ... went into the tournament with a No. 13 ranking ... finished the season with a 5-12 overall record ... marked conference victories against Joe Duca of Indiana in a 16-1 technical fall and Michigan State's Brandon Fifield in a 9-1 major decision
2013-14: Wisconsin's starter at 141 lbs. ... finished seventh at the Big Ten Championships with a record of 2-2 ... finished season with 20-13 overall record, including an 11-7 mark in dual competition and a 5-3 mark in the Big Ten ... closed out regular season with five straight wins ... took fourth in the Navy Classic with a 4-2 record ... 3-2 record at Midlands ... went 2-1 in Greco-Roman competition at the 2013 Senior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in Sept. ... overcame a 3-0 deficit in his opening match to win 9-4 ... pinned India's Ravinder Singh after building a 3-0 lead in his second set ... dropped a 7-4 decision in the quarterfinals against Korea's Jae-Seung Woo
2012-13: Redshirt season ... 10-3 record at 133 and 141 lbs., in open tournaments ... won the Pointer Open at 133 lbs., with a 3-0 record ... finished sixth at 133 lbs., at the Midlands Championships with a 3-3 record ... won the Flash Flanagan Open at 141 lbs., with a 4-0 record.
High school: Four-time Wisconsin state champion for Germantown High School ... joins the Badgers after a season training for the Olympics ... placed fourth at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials in the Greco-Roman competition ... took fourth at the 2012 US Open ... three-time junior world team member ... FILA Junior National Champion and two-time Fargo champion in Greco-Roman ... compiled a 182-1 record in his high school career.
Davis on Thielke: "Jesse Thielke is probably one of the most experienced guys we're getting. He's a four-time state champion in Wisconsin, been on multiple junior world teams and took a year off for the OTC. He is almost like a veteran coming in with the experience he has had."
Personal: Parents are Jeff and Pam Thielke ... father Jeff was a gymnast at UW-Stout ... has three siblings, Sierra (24), Cody (23) and Justin (21) ... major is Life Science Communications
What does it mean to be a Badger?
"Being a badger means taking pride in the fact that we attack everything we do in life with the ferocity of the animal itself, as well as take pride in where we came from, and the companionship experienced through our journey at the University. "
Off the Mat with Jesse
First started wrestling (age/grade): 7, 2nd
Most memorable match: Winning my first wrestling tournament in an overtime bout.
My favorite thing about Wisconsin Wrestling is: Tradition of Greco Roman/Olympic wrestling
Before each match I ...: Listen to music, beat-box, and dance
A non-athletic talent I have is: Beat-boxing
One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40: Win 3 Olympic Gold Medals
Favorite Barry Davis quote: "Two words: Mindset"
Favorite quote: "I may be a nerd, but I'm an incredibly strong nerd, which makes me incredibly dangerous."
Most memorable wrestling achievement: Winning the bronze medal at junior worlds in Thailand
If I could change one wrestling rule, it would be:Takedowns worth three points