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Senior Craig Brester pinned both opponents Sunday to improve to 17-0 on the season.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Begin New Year with Pair of Wins

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln - Behind seven bonus-point victories and two pins from senior Craig Brester, the 12th-ranked Nebraska wrestling team (8-3) extended its winning streak to three with a pair of victories over North Dakota State (33-9) and North Carolina State (31-10) Sunday afternoon at the NU Coliseum.

Seven Huskers dominated in their first competition of the New Year by individually winning both matches on the day, with Nebraska claiming seven bouts against the Bison and eight versus the Wolfpack.

At 17-0, Brester remained perfect in his senior season as he pinned North Dakota State's Drew Ross and North Carolina State's Andrew Tumlin. The Howells, Neb., native needed only 41 seconds to defeat Ross and just 1 minute, 19 seconds to down Tumlin. With nine falls in 2009-10, Brester is four pins away from reaching the school's single-season all-time top-10 chart.

Lane followed Brester's example against North Dakota State, registering his second pin of the season in 1 minute, 3 seconds against Joe Arthur to wrap up the 33-9 team win. The Huskers led just 13-9 through six matches, but 174-pound senior Stephen Dwyer created separation with his technical fall victory over Mac Stoll (18-1), followed by redshirt freshman Josh Ihnen's 6-0 win at 184 pounds against Kenny Moenkedick.

Dwyer was also responsible for spurting NU in its second dual of the day, as his pin of North Carolina State's Quinton Godley (3:59) gave the Huskers a 19-10 lead with three matches remaining. Ihnen, Brester and Lane all claimed victories again to give the Huskers their eighth dual victory of the season.

Nebraska was just as dominant in the light weight classes, with freshman David Klingsheim, freshman C.J. Napier and junior Mike Koehnlein all winning both matches. On paper, Koehnlein delivered the biggest upset of the day, defeating North Dakota State's Ryan Adams (14-7), who entered Sunday with a 16-2 record. Redshirt freshman Tyler Koehn also stepped in at 157 pounds to claim a 2-0 victory over North Carolina State's Colton Palmer.

The Huskers return to the road next weekend as it travels to the tradition-rich NWCA National Duals in Cedar Falls Iowa Jan. 8-9. Last year, Nebraska defeated Northwestern and Penn State, but fell to Iowa and Iowa State at the UNI Dome.

No. 12 Nebraska 33, North Dakota State 9
Jan. 3, 2010
NU Coliseum
Lincoln, Neb.
Attendance: 612
125-David Klingsheim (NU) wins by decision over Justin Solberg (NDSU), 10-5 (NU 3, NDSU 0)
133-C.J. Napier (NU) wins by forfeit (NU 9, NDSU 0)
141-Mike Koehnlein (NU) wins by major decision over Ryan Adams (NDSU), 13-2 (NU 13, NDSU 0)
149-Andrey Patselov (NDSU) wins by decision over Chris Hacker (NU), 10-8 (NU 13, NDSU 3)
157-Vince Salminen (NDSU) wins by decision over Tyler Koehn (NU), 6-1 (NU 13, NDSU 6)
165-Tyler Johnson (NDSU) wins by decision over Alex Ward (NU), 6-5 (NU 13, NDSU 9)
174- Stephen Dwyer (NU) wins by technical fall over Mac Stoll (NDSU), 18-1 (NU 18, NDSU 9)
184-Josh Ihnen (NU) wins by decision over Kenny Moenkedick (NDSU), 6-0 (NU 21, NDSU 9)
197-#2 Craig Brester (NU) wins by fall over Drew Ross, 0:41 (NU 27, NDSU 9)
HWT-#12 Tucker Lane (NU) wins by fall over Joe Arthur (NDSU), 1:03 (NU 33, NDSU 9)

No. 12 Nebraska 31, North Carolina State 10
Jan. 3, 2010
NU Coliseum
Lincoln, Neb.
Attendance: 612
125-David Klingsheim (NU) wins by decision over Mike Moreno (NCSU), 10-5 (NU 3, NCSU 0)
133-C.J. Napier (NU) wins by major decision over Scott Norris (NCSU), 11-2 (NU 7, NCSU 0)
141-Mike Koehnlein (NU) wins by decision over Dale Shull (NCSU), 14-7 (NU 10, NCSU 0)
149-Bobby Ward (NCSU) wins by major decision over Chris Hacker (NU), 14-4 (NU 10, NCSU 4)
157-Tyler Koehn (NU) wins by decision over Colton Palmer (NCSU), 2-0 (NU 13, NCSU 4)
165-Ray Ward (NCSU) wins by fall over James Nakashima (NU), 2:02 (NU 13, NCSU 10)
174-#3 Stephen Dywer (NU) wins by fall over Quinton Godley (NCSU), 3:59 (NU 19, NCSU 10)
184-Josh Ihnen (NU) wins by decision over Jonathan Becker (NCSU), 2-0 (NU 22, NCSU 10)
197-#2 Craig Brester wins by fall over Andrew Tumlin (NCSU), 1:19 (NU 28, NCSU 10)
HWT-#13 Tucker Lane wins by decision over Eloheim Palma (NCSU), 6-2 (NU 31, NCSU 10) 


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