Bryce Abbey, four-time NCAA Division II All-American wrestler, will be making his second appearance as a contestant on the CBS reality series “TKO: Total Knock Out” hosted by comedian Kevin Hart this Friday, Sept. 21.
Abbey, who wrestled at the University of Nebraska-Kearney from 2002-05, earned $50,000 in his first appearance on the show back in August.
Here’s what Abbey — now an administrator at his college alma mater — posted to Facebook:
“I can finally say that my chance at $100,000 in the #TKO – Battle Royale on #CBS will be next Friday September 21st! Show starts at 8pm Central (subject to change)! Watch and see if I can hit Kevin Hart with another Russian tie.”
Here’s how CBS describes the series at its official website: “TKO: Total Knock Out features people from all walks of life, where one player races through daunting obstacles while four other contestants are manning battle stations along the course, firing over-the-top projectiles in an attempt to knock them off and slow them down. It’s a physical and funny ‘us versus them’ scenario, with the fastest finisher winning a cash prize.”
On the episode aired Aug. 17, Abbey got through an obstacle course faster than the four other contestants on that episode. By scoring the fastest time on that episode, Abbey won a $50,000 cash prize. Because his time stacks up as one of the five fastest for the season, he qualified to compete in a “Battle Royale” for a chance at an additional $100,000 prize.
Abbey’s wrestling background served him well in the physical challenges presented in the August episode of “TKO.” The Goodland, Kansas native — who wrestled at 125 pounds for the Lopers — is one of six UNK wrestlers to earn NCAA All-American honors four times, placing no lower than fifth at four national championships. What’s more, Abbey ranks second on the school’s all-time wins list with 134 victories, just behind two-time U.S. Olympian Tervel Dlagnev.
Abbey was a member of four teams that placed in the top 10 at the Division II Championships, including a runner-up finish in 2003, and helped the Lopers win the national duals that year.
For all his on-the-mat accomplishments, Abbey was inducted into the UNK Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017.
Abbey currently serves as UNK’s Employee Health and Wellness Director and is an assistant professor in the Kinesiology and Sport Science department. He and his family reside in Kearney.