Robert Kokesh hugs Assistant Coach Bryan Snyder following the match. They are the two winningest sophomores in Husker history.
Photo by Keith Southworth

Kokesh Finishes Third at NCAA Championships

By NU Athletic Communications

Des Moines, Iowa – Sophomore Robert Kokesh (174) avenged a pair of losses from earlier this season on Saturday to finish third at the NCAA Championships.

As a team, the Huskers finished 13th with 38 points. Penn State captured its third consecutive NCAA team title, edging runner-up Oklahoma State by four with 123.5 points.

Kokesh, the No. 4-seed, opened his morning against No. 3-seed Mike Evans of Iowa in a rematch of the Husker sophomore’s 9-6 loss on Feb. 10. After a scoreless first period this time around, Kokesh and Evans traded escapes for a 1-1 tie in the third period. In the closing minute, Kokesh took down Evans for a 3-1 lead and held on for a 3-2 win over the Hawkeye.

In the third place match, Kokesh faced fellow South Dakota native and No. 6-seed Logan Storley of Minnesota. Kokesh earned an escape in the second period and Storley matched it in the third period after a scoreless first three minutes. They headed to sudden victory in a 1-1 tie, similar to their matchup on Nov. 16, which the Gopher won 3-1. But this time around, Kokesh earned the takedown and a 3-1 sudden victory to finish third at the NCAA Championships.

Kokesh achieved All-America honors for the first time in his career and finished the 2012-13 campaign with a 38-4 record. The 38 wins put him in a tie for seventh on Nebraska’s top-20 season victories list with Brad Vering (1999-00), Bill Scherr (1982-83) and Tolly Thompson (1993-94). It also gives the Wagner, S.D., native the second-most wins in a season by a sophomore behind Bryan Snyder’s 43 victories in 1999-00.

Sophomore James Green, the No. 4-seed at 157 pounds, battled No. 5-seed James Fleming of Clarion in the seventh place match on Saturday after earning All-America status for the second consecutive year on Friday. Green dominated throughout the match en route to a 14-4 major decision. He places seventh at the NCAA Championships, matching his finish from 2012. Green completes the season with a 25-6 record and a 5-2 showing in Des Moines.

The NCAA Championships conclude Nebraska’s 2012-13 season. Session VI’s championship finals begin at 7 p.m., and will be aired on ESPN.

NCAA Championships
March 21-23, 2013
Wells Fargo Arena
Des Moines, Iowa

Complete Results
First Round

141: #10 Charles Cobb (PENN) by dec. over Ridge Kiley (NEB), 2-0
149: #9 Jake Sueflohn (NEB) by major dec. over Ronnie Garbinsky (PITT), 16-3
157: Kyle Bradley (MIZZ) by tiebreaker-2 over #4 James Green (NEB), 6-5
165: Zach Toal (MIZZ) by dec. over Austin Wilson (NEB), 6-2
174: #4 Robert Kokesh (NEB) by pin over Ian Korb (PENN), 4:08
184: #8 Josh Ihnen (NEB) by dec. over MacKain Stoll (NDSU), 6-0
197: #4 Alfonso Hernandez (WYO) by major dec. over Caleb Kolb (NEB), 15-5

Consolation Bracket Pigtail Round
165: Austin Wilson (NEB) by dec. over Mike Ottinger (CMU), 6-2

Championship Bracket Second Round
149: #9 Jake Sueflohn (NEB) by dec. over #8 Nick Brascetta (VT), 4-2
174: #4 Robert Kokesh (NEB) by dec. over Cody Walters (OHIO), 8-3
184: Max Thomusseit (PITT) by dec. over #8 Josh Ihnen (NEB), 3-1

Consolation Bracket First Round
141: Daniel Neff (LOCK) by dec. over Ridge Kiley (NEB), 8-5
157: #4 James Green (NEB) by tech. fall over Bobby Barnhisel (NAVY), 21-6
165: Austin Wilson (NEB) by pin over Mark Lewandowski (BUFF), 2:01
197: Caleb Kolb (NEB) by sudden victory over Alex Polizzi (NW), 3-1

Consolation Bracket Second Round
157: #4 James Green (NEB) by major dec. over Taylor Walsh (IND), 19-8
165: Austin Wilson (NEB) by dec. over Josh Condon (CHATT), 10-7
184: #8 Josh Ihnen (NEB) by dec. over Stephen Doty (Virginia), 7-5
197: Richard Perry (BLOOM) by dec. over Caleb Kolb (NEB), 7-3

Championship Bracket Quarterfinals
149: #1 Jordan Oliver (OKST) by major dec. over #9 Jake Sueflohn (NEB), 11-3
174: #4 Robert Kokesh (NEB) by major dec. over #5 Josh Asper (MD), 11-3

Consolation Bracket Third Round
157: #4 James Green (NEB) by pin over Tommy Churchard (PUR), 3:31
165: #5 Steven Monk (NDSU) by major dec. over Austin Wilson (NEB), 9-1
184: #8 Josh Ihnen (NEB) by dec. over Tony Dallago (ILL), 9-6

Consolation Bracket Fourth Round
149: #6 Dylan Ness (MINN) by dec. over #9 Jake Sueflohn (NEB), 5-3
157: #4 James Green (NEB) by major dec. over #8 Dylan Alton (PSU), 14-4
184: #6 Ryan Loder (UNI) by dec. over #8 Josh Ihnen (NEB), 5-2

Championship Bracket Semifinals
174: #1 Chris Perry (OKST) by sudden victory over #4 Robert Kokesh (NEB), 4-2

Consolation Bracket Quarterfinals
157: #12 Jedd Moore (Virginia) by pin over #4 James Green (NEB), 6:15

Consolation Bracket Semifinals
174: #4 Robert Kokesh (NEB) by dec. over #3 Mike Evans (IOWA), 3-2 

Seventh Place Match
157: #4 James Green (NEB) by major dec. over #5 James Fleming (CLAR), 14-4

Third Place Match
174: #4 Robert Kokesh (NEB) by sudden victory over #6 Logan Storley (MINN), 3-1


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