One of two, two-time All-Americans returning to the Missouri lineup, 165-pound starter Nicholas Marable is in search of his first trip to the top step of the national podium. Entering the year with 81 career victories, Marable has the ability to join Missouri's century club before the close of the campaign.
"The goal of our staff and Nick is to win an individual title this season," Missouri Head Coach Brian Smith said. "He's come so close in the past and we know it's something he's capable of accomplishing. Nick is nearly impossible to take down and he's coming into the season as a solid 165 pounder. During the off-season, Nick worked on riding his opponents and putting them on their back. He really wants to contribute more bonus points for the team this year."
2008-09: One of a program-high five Missouri wrestlers to earn All-American accolades, Marable took seventh at 165 pounds for his second consecutive top-eight NCAA finish. The Tiger grappler suffered an opening round loss and injury but battled back through the competitive bracket and held off Tyler Sherfey of Boise State, 6-4, for seventh place. The two-time Big 12 Champion was one of three Missouri All-Americans returning for the 2009 NCAA Championships. Marable opened his junior season ranked No. 1 in the nation at 165 pounds and remained among the top 10 of his weight class throughout the course of the campaign. Wrestling at the 13th annual Big 12 Championships, March 7, in Lincoln, Neb., Marable bested then-No. 9 Brandon Mason of Oklahoma State, 5-3, to advance to his second consecutive league title match. Squaring off with then-No. 8 Stephen Dwyer for the fourth time since Jan. of 2008, Marable collected his fourth win over the Cornhusker doing so by the largest margin of victory in their four meetings, two points. With the win, Marable became just the fifth Missouri wrestler to earn two or more league titles. Three meets into the season, Marable and Missouri Head Coach Brian Smith traveled to Ohio State for the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Star Duals. Marable was the first Missouri wrestler since two-time National Champion Ben Askren to represent the Tigers at the All-Star Duals and won his bout with then-No. 1 Mack Lewnes of Cornell, 3-2. Marable was 7-2 against his opponents who were ranked among the top-10 in the nation at the time of their bout. Second of his teammates for wins by decision, 23, Marable won 14 of his matches by two or fewer points.
2007-08: In his first run through the 2008 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, Marable finished the highest of his teammates at third in the 165-pound weight class. Finishing the tournament with a 5-1 record, Marable recorded three straight wins before falling to eventual National Champion Mark Perry of Iowa, 4-2, in the semifinals. Marable battled through the consolation bracket and won back-to-back bouts against eighth-seeded Moza Fay of Northern Iowa and fourth-seeded Mack Lewnes of Cornell to earn his first All-America honor. The Tigers' eighth Big 12 Champion in program history, Marable collected his first conference title March 8, by holding off Nebraska's Stephen Dwyer, 3-2, in the finals. Earlier in the afternoon, Marable recorded a 5-2 win over No. 8 Jon Reader of Iowa State. Marable was one of three Tiger grapplers to enter the league tournament with a perfect 4-0 record and No. 1 seed. Throughout his sophomore season, Marable wrestled 12 of the nation's top 20 ranked wrestlers at 165 pounds and went 13-4 record against ranked grapplers. Marable's four losses all came to then No. 1-ranked wrestlers, Eric Tannenbaum of Michigan (7-4), Keith Gavin of Pittsburgh (7-3) and twice to Perry (3-2 and 4-2). Marable wrestled at 174 pounds in his match with Gavin. Marable recorded a 14-match streak in which the Tiger never gave up a takedown (Dec. 19-March 21). Sixteen of Marable's 31 matches were determined by two or fewer points, with Marable taking the win in 14. Marable won the Missouri Open title and finished second at the prestigious Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
2006-07: Wrestling between 157 and 165 pounds, Marable had an impressive season in which he went 26-8 and made seven starts in Missouri's lineup. Marable took four top-four finishes in tournament action, finishing first at the Central Missouri State University (CMSU) Open. Entering Missouri's lineup for the first time on Dec. 10, Marable managed a 9-6 win over Rocky Cozart of Michigan State. Marable made two appearances at the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Duals, knocking off 19th-ranked Jeremy Larson of Minnesota, 5-3, in the Tigers' championship round dual. Marable recorded back-to-back conference wins over Oklahoma State's Newly McSpadden (4-2) and Oklahoma's Will Rowe (6-4).
2005-06: Finishing his redshirt season with 22 wins, Marable took third in three tournaments. Marable opened and closed his season with wins, and recorded two six-match win streaks. Shutting out Mike Colfax of Missouri Valley College, at the Lindenwood Open, Marable suffered a loss to Miguel Gutierrez (Lindenwood), but rebounded with four straight wins to finish third. Four of Marable's wins on the season came in the form of a fall, with three recorded in the first period. Taking on two wrestlers from Oklahoma, Marable won both matches, the first against Erik Ford (14-3) with his final match against Will Rowe won, 7-6.
HIGH SCHOOL: Wrestling for Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tenn., Marable finished in the top three at the Tennessee State Championships all four years of high school, garnering the title at 152 pounds as a junior (2004) and 160 pounds as a senior (2005). Wrestling at 145 pounds during his sophomore campaign, Marable won the 2003 Cadet National Championship, a feat that helped him earn the Tennessee Outstanding Wrestler of the Year award. A three-sport athlete, Marable received eight letters from the Purple Wave for his participation in wrestling, football and basketball.
PERSONAL: Born to Tom and Lisa Marable May 7, 1987, in Memphis, Tenn., Nick is a psychology major. Marable has five siblings Chris Giles (28), Anthony Giles (26), Michael Marable (24), Matthew Marable (12) and five-year old sister, Nicole Marable.