UNI wrestling commit Jack Skudlarczyk earns Outstanding Senior in Texas


STILLWATER, Okla. – UNI wrestling commit Jack Skudlarczyk earned the National Wrestling Hall of Fame's award for the most outstanding high school senior in Texas.

Skudlarczyk is the seventh Panther to earn a state Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award, presented annually to a high school senior based equally on outstanding wrestling success, scholastic achievement and citizenship or community service. Winners are chosen at the state and regional levels with the national winner being named at the Wrestling Hall of Fame's Honors Weekend each summer.

Skudlarczyk of Austin, Texas, is a three-time state champion at three different weights for Westlake High School. He moved up a weight to cap his prep career with an undefeated season at 126 pounds in Class 6A.

In 2014, Skudlarczyk won the state championships at 106 pounds and also won the Texas USA Wrestling Freestyle Tournament at 113 pounds.

After moving up a weight in 2015, he took third at the championships in the 113-pounds weight class in Class 6A and returned to win his second freestyle championship at 113 pounds at the Texas USA Wrestling Tournament.

He earned his second state title as a junior at 120 pounds in Class 6A. He lost just one match as a junior (44-1).

Skudlarczyk followed it up with two more Texas USAW state championships in freestyle and Greco-Roman in 2016.

In the last 11 years, seven Panthers have earned the award:

  • 2017 – Jack Skudlarcyzk (Texas)
  • 2015 – Taylor Lujan (Georgia) / Max Thomsen (Iowa)
  • 2014 – Josh Alber (Illinois)
  • 2011 – Cody Caldwell (Iowa)
  • 2009 – Bart Reiter (Iowa)
  • 2007 – C.J. Ettelson (Iowa)