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Updated: March 29, 2013
2013 NCAA All-American
2012-13: An All-American who placed eighth at 149 pounds … Posted a 20-12 record … Placed second at the ACC Championships … 2013 All-ACC … Went 8-5 in dual meets, 2-0 in ACC duals … Had four major decisions and four technical falls … Went 3-2 at the Midlands Championships … Beat Virginia's Joe Spisak 5-3 in the dual meet … Picked up a big dual meet win over No. 4 Tyler Graff of Wisconsin, getting a takedown late to win 4-3 … Went 4-1 at the Hokie Open, placing fifth … Missed a month of action after tweaking his knee at the Virginia Duals.
2011-12: An NCAA qualifier after placing third at 141 pounds at the ACC Championships … Went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships, advancing to the round of 12 … Finished the season with a 22-12 overall mark, 6-7 in duals … Went 3-2 in the ACC … Picked up five major decisions and three pins on the year … Saw his first action of the year at Ohio State in a dual meet, giving up a takedown with under 5 seconds left to lose to No, 15 Hunter Steiber, 7-6 … Posted a 5-0 mark at the Nittany Lion Open to take the title at 141 pounds … Went 6-2 to take fourth place at the Midlands … Named the ACC Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 24 after picking up two dual wins, including a pin of No. 18 Evan Henderson of UNC.
2010-11: Had a solid season filling in at 141 pounds when needed … Posted a 22-6 record on the season … Went 2-0 in ACC dual matches and 5-0 in all dual matches … Won the Shorty Hitchcock Memorial with a 5-0 mark … Placed second at the Hokie Open and fifth at the Nittany Lion Open … Had three major decisions, one technical fall and four pins … Picked up 21 team points in dual matches.
NIU: Signed with the Huskies but redshirted in 2009-10.
High School: One of the top lightweights in the country following his senior season where he earned honorable mention All-America honors from ASICS … Earned all-area honors his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons … Went 45-1 his senior season in winning the OHSAA Division II state title at 125 pounds … Won the 119-pound title as a junior … A NHSCA Junior National champion … Finished second in state at 112 pounds sophomore season … Compiled an overall high school record of 132-12.
Personal: Zachariah T. Niebert was born October 30, 1990, in Dayton, OH … The son of Terry and Lisa Neibert … Has three younger siblings … Majoring in sociology.