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Huskers Continue Home Stand with Indiana, Penn
The Huskers host Indiana and Penn this weekend at the Devaney Center.
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01/08/2014
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Indiana (8-2-1, 0-1 Big Ten) vs. No. 8 Nebraska (6-0, 1-0 Big Ten)
Devaney Center (7,907) • Lincoln, Neb. • Friday, Jan. 10 • 7 p.m. CT
Series History: Nebraska leads, 11-5-0
Last Meeting: Nebraska won, 23-17, on Jan. 20, 2012, in Bloomington, Ind.
Video (subscription required): Big Ten Digital Network (www.video.btn.com)
Twitter Feed: @HuskerWrestling (www.twitter.com/HuskerWrestling)
Scoring: TrackWrestling.com

Penn (2-2) vs. No. 8 Nebraska (6-0, 1-0 Big Ten)
“Tumble and Rumble”
Devaney Center (7,907) • Lincoln, Neb. • Saturday, Jan. 11 • 6 p.m. CT
Series History: Nebraska leads, 1-0-1
Last Meeting: Nebraska won, 23-14, on Jan. 23, 2009, in Lincoln, Neb.
Video Streaming (includes women’s gymnastics meet): Huskers.com
Twitter Feed: @HuskerWrestling (www.twitter.com/HuskerWrestling)
Scoring: TrackWrestling.com


The No. 8 Nebraska wrestling team (6-0) hosts Indiana and Penn this weekend as the Huskers continue their four-dual home stand at the Devaney Center.

The Huskers face off against Big Ten foe Indiana on Friday at 7 p.m. CT. The matchup marks the 17th all-time meeting between the two schools and will be streamed on the Big Ten Digital Network. The link to BTDN is provided above and requires a subscription to view the dual. Prior to the match, the Devaney Center will hold a high school dual starting at 5 p.m.

Nebraska’s showdown with Penn is set for Saturday at 6 p.m. The dual is part of the “Tumble and Rumble” event, which coincides with a women’s gymnastics meet on the Devaney Center floor. The Huskers and Quakers will compete against each other for the third time, with NU holding a 1-0-1 advantage in the series. Huskers.com will stream the “Tumble and Rumble” event, with simultaneous wrestling and gymnastics action.

Both of Nebraska’s duals this weekend can be followed on Twitter from @HuskerWrestling. Scoring will also be provided on TrackWrestling.com.

The Huskers enter the weekend coming off a 26-12 win over Wyoming at the Devaney Center. Seven of Nebraska’s wrestlers won matches during the come-from-behind victory, which marked NU’s sixth win of the 2013-14 season.

Last Time Out: Huskers Surge Past Cowboys, 26-12
Trailing Wyoming 9-12, No. 8 Nebraska won the final five matches of the dual en route to a 26-12 triumph over the Cowboys at the Devaney Center on Friday, Jan. 3.

Ranked wrestlers Jake Sueflohn (149), James Green (157), Austin Wilson (165), Robert Kokesh (174) and TJ Dudley (184) all earned victories during the Huskers’ closing run.

No. 6 Sueflohn tied the dual at 12 following his 4-0 decision over Brandon Richardson. After a first-period takedown for the junior from Watertown, Wis., Sueflohn added a second-period escape before an additional point for riding time.

No. 4 Green improved to 19-0 on the season after notching a 5-1 decision over No. 20 Andy McCulley. Following a scoreless first period, Green earned a reversal in the second period and tacked on a takedown in the third period with a point for riding time.

At 165 pounds, No. 14 Wilson struck first against Wyoming’s Dakota Friesth to take a 3-0 lead into the third period. Friesth responded with a takedown to cut the lead to 3-2 before a stalling penalty gave Wilson a 4-2 advantage. Wilson, a sophomore, earned a riding time point to win by a 5-2 margin.

No. 4 Kokesh dominated from start to finish in a 19-4 technical fall over the Cowboys’ Jace Jensen. Kokesh earned six takedowns in the match en route to his third technical fall of the season.

In the final match of the dual, No. 16 Dudley battled Benjamin Stroh back and forth before emerging with a 9-6 victory. Dudley trailed 0-2 in the first period before a last-second takedown gave him a 3-2 lead. The pair traded reversals in the second period before a late nearfall for Dudley. Nursing a 7-4 lead in the third period, Dudley chose down and earned a pair of escapes for the final result.

Nebraska collected victories in two of the first five matches, with Collin Jensen (HWT) and Colton McCrystal (133) adding points for the Huskers.

After Spencer Johnson (197) fell by a 4-3 decision in the opening match of the dual, Jensen responded with an 8-3 triumph over Leland Pfeifer. Jensen earned two takedowns in the first period and added a third in the final period before notching a riding time point at the finish.

No. 10 Tim Lambert (125) fell in a back-and-forth match against No. 8 Tyler Cox, 3-1, before McCrystal won by forfeit at 133 pounds. At 141 pounds, redshirt freshman Ben Morgan was pinned by Cole Mendenhall in 6:11.

Scouting the Indiana Hoosiers
Indiana is 8-2-1 on the season, with an 0-1 mark in Big Ten duals. The Hoosiers’ conference loss came last weekend against Northwestern by a 27-12 margin in Evanston, Ill. Indiana opened its dual season on Nov. 17 with a pair of wins at home against Duke and Cleveland State. On Dec. 7-8, the Hoosiers hosted the Hoosier Duals, posting a 4-0-1 mark. The West Virginia dual came down to a tiebreaker, which Indiana lost. On Dec. 14, Indiana shut out Manchester, 52-0, in Bloomington, Ind.

The Hoosiers have wrestled in four tournaments during the 2013-14 campaign. On Nov. 3, 157-pounder Taylor Walsh won his weight class title at the Clarion Open as four Hoosiers placed at the tournament. At the Michigan State Open on Nov. 9, Walsh and Adam Chalfant (HWT) each earned titles for Indiana. The Hoosiers closed out November at the Keystone Classic on the 24th, where they finished second out of 12 teams. Walsh and Ethan Raley (141) each wrapped up titles. At the Midlands Invitational, Dec. 29-30, three Hoosiers placed en route to a 10th-place finish for the team.

Walsh leads a trio of ranked Hoosiers in InterMat’s Jan. 7 poll. The junior is No. 6 at 157 pounds, with a 26-1 record on the season. Chalfant, a senior, is seventh at heavyweight, with a 16-1 mark in 2013-14. Indiana’s 184-pounder Luke Sheridan is No. 19 and holds a 23-5 record this season.

Indiana is coached by Duane Goldman, who is in his 22nd season at the helm of the Hoosier wrestling program. Goldman holds a 270-147-6 career dual record.

Scouting the Penn Quakers
Penn is 2-2 on the season, with three tournament appearances in 2013-14. The Quakers opened their season on Nov. 17 at the ESU Open where 157-pounder Ray Bethea won his weight class title. The following week, Penn took down Maryland, 19-13, on the road. To close out November, the Quakers hosted the Keystone Classic and earned a seventh-place finish. Lorenzo Thomas won the 184-pound crown at the tournament.

Penn opened December at the Grapple at the Garden in New York, N.Y., where the Quakers posted a 1-1 record. Penn defeated Boston University in the first matchup, but fell to then-No. 21 Bloomsburg. The following weekend, the Quakers returned home and lost to Lehigh, 21-12. At the Southern Scuffle, Penn posted a 19th-place finish with Thomas and Caleb Richardson (125) placing for the Quakers.

Thomas is Penn’s lone ranked wrestler, coming in at No. 12 at 184 pounds in InterMat’s Jan. 7 poll. Penn has three additional grapplers with double-digit victories this season: Bethea (157), Steve Robertson (157) and Frank Mattiace (197).

Penn is coached by Rob Eiter, who is in his sixth season in charge of the Quaker wrestling program. Eiter holds a 52-30 career dual record.

Huskers in the Rankings
Nebraska has seven wrestlers ranked in InterMat’s latest poll, released on Jan. 7. Undefeated junior James Green leads the way with the No. 3 ranking at 157 pounds. Robert Kokesh (174) stayed No. 4 in this week’s rankings following a technical fall over Wyoming last weekend. Jake Sueflohn is sixth at 149 pounds and Tim Lambert (125) is the fourth Husker in the top 10, earning the No. 9 spot. Austin Wilson (14th at 165), TJ Dudley (15th at 184) and Anthony Abidin (18th at 141) are also ranked by InterMat.

The WIN Magazine rankings were released on Jan. 3 and feature seven Huskers in its poll as well. Green moved up to third, while Kokesh held on to the No. 4 ranking. Sueflohn jumped one spot to fourth, while Lambert rounds out the top 10 at 125 pounds. Senior Caleb Kolb earned the No. 17 spot at 197 pounds, while Wilson is 18th and Abidin is 20th.

In the Amateur Wrestling News poll, released on Jan. 7, seven Huskers achieved top-20 rankings. Green leads the way with the No. 3 ranking as Kokesh and Sueflohn are each fourth. Lambert is 11th, Dudley is 13th, Abidin is 14th and Wilson is No. 17.

As a team, Nebraska is ranked in the top 10 of the InterMat, WIN Magazine and USA Today/NWCA/Amateur Wrestling News Coaches rankings. The Huskers are eighth in the InterMat poll, sixth in WIN Magazine and eighth in the Coaches poll.

Green Remains Undefeated
Junior James Green (157) is Nebraska’s only starter without a loss this season and earned his 19th victory last weekend against Wyoming. Green earned first-place tournament finishes at the Reno Tournament of Champions, Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open, while posting a 5-0 mark in dual competition. The two-time All-American has won three matches against ranked opponents, while earning four pins, two technical falls and five major decisions during the 2013-14 campaign.

Kokesh Dominating at 174
Junior Robert Kokesh (174) is 21-1 this season, with a 6-0 dual record and tournament titles at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open and Reno Tournament of Champions. His lone loss came by a 3-2 decision against No. 1 Andrew Howe of Oklahoma at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Kokesh has earned bonus points in 18 of his 21 victories with seven pins, three technical falls, six major decisions and two forfeit victories. He leads the team in dual points (34) and pins (7), and is tied for first in overall wins (21) and dual wins (6). Last season, Kokesh finished third at the NCAA Championships.

Dudley Making Impact During First Year in Lineup
Redshirt freshman TJ Dudley (184) is tied for first on the team in dual wins with a perfect 6-0 record this season. Dudley holds an 18-3 mark overall, with a second-place showing at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and third-place finish at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open. Dudley is second on the team in pins (6) and tied for third in major decisions (5).

Huskers Face Challenging Schedule
Nebraska’s matchups with Indiana and Penn this weekend are two of 14 scheduled duals this season, leading up to the NCAA Championships, March 20-22, in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Huskers will also compete at the Big Ten Championships, March 8-9, in Madison, Wis.

After taking down No. 19 Northwestern in the opening dual of the season and routing No. 18 Stanford, the Huskers will face six additional teams that are currently ranked in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Poll, released on Jan. 7.

NU’s current four-match home stand at the newly renovated Devaney Center concludes next weekend against No. 3 Iowa. The dual between the Huskers and Hawkeyes is set for Saturday, Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m., with the Big Ten Network providing coverage.

The Huskers conclude the dual season with five matches against top-25 opponents. NU hits the road on Jan. 24 to face No. 9 Ohio State before traveling to No. 20 Purdue (Jan. 26) and No. 11 Illinois (Feb. 1). Nebraska’s final home dual of the season is Feb. 7 against No. 18 Michigan. The regular-season finale is Feb. 21 at No. 23 Wisconsin.

BTN, BTDN to Feature Huskers Eight Times
Nebraska will appear on the Big Ten Network twice during the 2013-14 season, while making eight appearances on the Big Ten Digital Network.

Saturday’s dual against Penn was originally scheduled for BTDN, but the broadcast has been cancelled due to the “Tumble and Rumble” event with the women’s gymnastics team. Streaming will instead be provided on Huskers.com, and will feature both wrestling and gymnastics simultaneously.

Friday night’s showdown with Indiana is still set for a BTDN broadcast starting at 7 p.m. It will be the second of Nebraska’s showings on BTDN after making an appearance for last weekend’s home win over Wyoming.

The Huskers’ first BTN coverage will occur on Saturday, Jan. 18 against Iowa at the Devaney Center at 4:30 p.m. CT. Nebraska will also be on BTN for its road dual in Champaign, Ill., against Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 1. The matchup starts at 4 p.m.

After this weekend, the Huskers have three additional duals that will be streamed via the Big Ten Digital Network. Road appearances on BTDN include matchups with Ohio State (Jan. 24 at 6 p.m.), Purdue (Jan. 26 at noon) and Wisconsin (Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.). The Huskers’ home dual against Michigan on Friday, Feb. 7 will also be on BTDN, starting at 7 p.m.

The Big Ten has also announced times and coverage for the Big Ten Championships, March 8-9, in Madison, Wis. Session I on March 8 starts at 10 a.m., with a stream on BTDN. Session II on the same day begins at 5 p.m., on BTDN. Sunday’s Session III commences at 11 a.m., with the third-place matches slated for 1 p.m., on BTDN. BTN will broadcast the first-place matches at 1 p.m., on Sunday.

BTDN is available at www.video.btn.com/allaccess and requires a subscription. All dates and times of scheduled events are subject to change and can be found on www.BTN.com.
Any changes to Nebraska’s schedule during the season can be found on Huskers.com.

Three Huskers Earn Reno Titles
Jake Sueflohn (149), James Green (157) and Robert Kokesh (174) each won their respective weight division titles to lead Nebraska to the team championship at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Sunday, Dec. 22.

The Huskers finished with 159 points, which was 56 ahead of second-place Wyoming. North Carolina finished third with 97 points.

After Sueflohn took a first-round bye, he won back-to-back major decisions before capping his perfect day with three consecutive decisions. He won the championship match by a 7-1 margin over The Citadel’s Matt Frisch. Sueflohn improved to 18-3 on the season.

Green pinned three of his five opponents in Reno, while adding a technical fall and one decision. He took down Andy McCulley of Wyoming in the championship bout, 9-5. Green earned his third tournament title of the season after claiming the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open and Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational crowns as well.

Kokesh capped his performance with a 3-1 decision over Southern Oregon’s Brock Gutches in the finals. Kokesh added a decision in his opening bout, but earned two pins and two major decision in his other matches. His quickest pin came in the third round in a time of 1:02.

Tim Lambert (125) and Austin Wilson (165) each made it to the finals in their respective weight classes, but ultimately took runner-up honors. Lambert went 4-1 with a major decision before falling to Wyoming’s Tyler Cox in the finals by a 4-3 margin. Wilson opened with back-to-back technical falls before a major decision in the third round. He lost to Corey Mock of Tennessee-Chattanooga, 9-1, in the championship match.

At 141 pounds, Anthony Abidin earned a third-place finish, winning a 13-0 major decision over CSU-Bakersfield’s Ian Nickell in his final match. Abidin registered two pins on his way to the semifinals before falling by an 8-3 decision to Joey Ward. Abidin won two matches in the consolation bracket following his lone loss of the day.

Spencer Johnson (197) and Collin Jensen (HWT) each finished fifth. Johnson dropped a 3-1 decision to Reuben Franklin of CSU-Bakersfield in his first match of the day, but reeled off five consecutive victories before suffering his second loss. He defeated Upper Iowa’s Carl Broghammer by injury default in the fifth-place match.

Jensen pinned his first opponent, but lost in the second round. In the consolation bracket, he won five matches, two of which were by fall. His final victory was a pin in 5:37 over Wayne Purnell of West Virginia.

Colton McCrystal (133), Ben Morgan (133), Brandon Wilbourn (165), McCoy Newberg (174), TJ Dudley (184) and Aaron Studebaker (197) also competed at the Reno Tournament of Champions for the Huskers.

Green Captures Cliff Keen Crown
James Green won the 157-pound title at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational to lead Nebraska to a second-place finish on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The Huskers’ 130.5-point total was 24 points behind team champion Oklahoma.

Green opened his day with a 7-5 sudden victory over Michigan’s Brian Murphy in the semifinals. In the finals, Green outlasted No. 12 Brian Realbuto of Cornell, 6-5, to capture the title.

Anthony Abidin (141), Jake Sueflohn (149), Robert Kokesh (174) and TJ Dudley (184) each advanced to the finals in their respective weight classes, but fell in the championship bout.

Abidin earned a medical forfeit win over Virginia Tech’s Devin Carter in the semifinals before losing to No. 1 Logan Stieber of Ohio State by a 16-1 technical fall. Sueflohn managed a 7-6 win over No. 7 Eric Grajales of Michigan, but fell by an 8-3 margin to No. 5 Kendric Maple of Oklahoma in the finals.

Kokesh won a 6-0 decision over No. 11 Stephen Doty of Virginia in the semifinals, but lost a 3-2 decision to No. 1 Andrew Howe of Oklahoma. Kokesh suffered his first loss of the season after a 14-0 start.

Dudley defeated No. 18 Benjamin Stroh of Wyoming in the semifinals, 18-9, before losing a 13-3 major decision to No. 12 Gabriel Dean of Cornell in the finals.

Austin Wilson (165) and Colton McCrystal (133) each started the day in the consolation bracket and managed top-eight finishes. After a decision and a pin for Wilson, he fell by a 4-2 margin to Northern Iowa’s Cooper Moore. In the fifth-place match, Wilson bounced back to win a 9-8 decision over Cornell’s Dylan Palacio.

McCrystal opened his day with a 5-2 decision over Rutgers’ Vincent Dellafave before being pinned by No. 18 Rosario Bruno of Michigan. In the seventh-place, McCrystal fell to Navy’s Colton Rasche, 8-5.

At heavyweight, Collin Jensen dropped his lone match of the day to No. 14 Ross Larson of Oklahoma by fall.

Tim Lambert (125) and Spencer Johnson (197) each lost their opening match on the first day to fall into the consolation bracket. Both picked up a win in the consolation bracket, but were ultimately eliminated.

Manning Earns 200th Career Victory
Nebraska Head Coach Mark Manning picked up his 200th career dual victory on Sunday, Nov. 24, when the Huskers took down South Dakota State, 36-6.

Manning, who is in his 17th season overall, earned the win in his home state of South Dakota. The Vermillion, S.D. native holds a career record of 204-95-5. Manning is 181-71-3 in his 14th season at Nebraska after compiling a 23-24-2 record in three seasons at Northern Iowa.

Huskers Return to Devaney Center
Nebraska returned to the Devaney Center this season for all of its home duals after years of wrestling at the NU Coliseum. The Huskers opened their home dual season on Nov. 17 and also hosted Wyoming last weekend. NU will wrestle in four additional matchups at the newly renovated 7,907-seat venue this season, including Friday and Saturday’s duals.

In addition to hosting duals, the Devaney Center and Hendricks Training Complex house the wrestling offices, locker room, weight room and wrestling room, all just steps from each other, providing an atmosphere conducive to elite training. The Hendricks Complex, which is inside the Devaney Center, includes a practice facility, coaches’ offices as well as strength and conditioning and athletic medicine areas.

Next Up: Iowa
Nebraska concludes its four-match home stand next weekend against Big Ten foe Iowa. The dual is set for Saturday, Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m. at the Devaney Center, with the Big Ten Network providing broadcast coverage for the matchup. Visit Huskers.com or call (800) 8-BIG-RED for ticket information.

Husker Wrestling on Social Media
Nebraska wrestling can be followed on a variety of social media platforms for up-to-date team information as well as features on wrestlers:

• Twitter: @HuskerWrestling (www.twitter.com/HuskerWrestling)
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/NebraskaWrestling
• Instagram: www.instagram.com/HuskerWrestling
• YouTube: www.youtube.com/HuskerWrestling
• Flowrestling: www.flowrestling.org/user/NEwrestle

“Behind the Grind” is a weekly video blog that showcases the Nebraska wrestling program. Each week, photos from the Nebraska wrestling room will be tweeted to show behind-the-scenes footage of practice. Additionally, following practice a wrestler and/or coach will talk about Nebraska wrestling while also previewing the upcoming week. Fans are encouraged to tweet their questions for each coach and wrestler at @HuskerWrestling.

Huskers Show Depth at Wrestle-Offs
Nebraska held its annual Wrestle-Offs in conjunction with the Fall Coaches Clinic at the Devaney Center on Friday, Nov. 8.

Returning All-American Robert Kokesh (174) made one appearance, winning a 17-2 technical fall over McCoy Newberg. 2013 NCAA qualifiers Jake Sueflohn (149) and Caleb Kolb (197) also competed during Wrestle-Offs and each won both of their matches.

Sueflohn opened with a pin over Luis DeAnda in 2:47 before winning by injury default over newcomer Destin McCauley. Kolb battled Spencer Johnson to extra time twice on the night, winning by a 3-2 margin on both occasions.

At 184 pounds, Aaron Studebaker and TJ Dudley split their matches against each other. Studebaker won the first battle by a 4-2 decision, while Dudley won the second showdown, 6-5.

At 125 pounds, redshirt freshman Tim Lambert defeated Shawn Nagel twice, winning the first by pin in 4:52 and the second by technical fall, 18-0. At 133 pounds, Colton McCrystal put together a pair of victories. McCrystal took down Ben Morgan, 6-1, before defeating Eric Montoya, 7-4.

Micah Barnes (165) won both of his matches, defeating Brandon Wilbourn by injury default and outlasting Ian Ousley, 12-3. At 157 pounds, John Svoboda picked up a pair of wins. Svoboda opened with a 5-2 triumph over Ousley and added a 5-2 decision over Metzler.
The heavyweights battled once on Friday night, with Nyle Bartling notching an injury default victory over Collin Jensen.

At 141 pounds, Anthony Abidin pinned Adam Joseph in 1:27 following Joseph’s 5-3 decision over Tyrell Galloway.

Three Huskers Win at Daktronics Open
Robert Kokesh (174), James Green (157) and Collin Jensen (HWT) each captured titles to open the season in the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open at Frost Arena on Sunday, Nov. 3.

Kokesh tore through the bracket at 174 pounds with two pins, one technical fall and two major decisions. The Wagner, S.D., native opened with a fall in 6:04 over Augustana College’s Drake Fanslau and added a pin in 2:06 in the semifinals against Michael Joseph of Minnesota. Kokesh completed his tournament run with a 13-3 major decision over Missouri’s Mike England in the finals.

Green took home the title at 157 pounds with a victory in the finals over Kyle Bradley of Missouri. Green added a pin, major decision and technical fall leading into the final match. His fall occurred in 1:49 in the quarterfinals against Northern Illinois’ Andrew Morse.

Jensen captured the heavyweight crown in South Dakota by winning four matches after a first-round bye. Jensen pinned his first opponent in 2:46 before a major decision in the quarterfinals. He won back-to-back decisions to cap his championship run, including a 7-3 victory over Devon Mellon of Missouri in the finals.

Tim Lambert (125), Anthony Abidin (141) and Jake Sueflohn (149) each made appearances in the finals but fell by decision to finish second. Lambert finished the day with four wins, including two by technical fall. Abidin achieved a pin in 1:08 and a technical fall as part of his four victories on Sunday. Sueflohn won five matches, earning two pins and two major decisions in the process.

Ben Morgan (133), TJ Dudley (184) and Spencer Johnson (197) each finished third in their respective weight classes. Dudley defeated fellow Husker Aaron Studebaker, 9-4, in the third-place match at 184 pounds.

Additional Husker placers include Brandon Wilbourn (fourth at 165), McCoy Newberg (fourth at 174), Shawn Nagel (fifth at 125) and Nyle Bartling (seventh at heavyweight).

Burroughs Wins Second FILA World Title
Former Husker Jordan Burroughs added to his international wrestling legacy this fall by winning the 74-kg freestyle gold medal at the 2013 FILA World Championships on Sept. 18.

Burroughs captured his third consecutive world title with the win, which includes the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal in London, England, and the 2011 FILA World Championship. His crown marks the third FILA freestyle title won by a former Husker as Bill Scherr won at 90 kg in 1985.

In the gold medal match, Burroughs defeated Iran’s Essadollah Akbari by a 4-0 decision. Burroughs took a 1-0 lead late in the first period following a push out and extended the lead to 2-0 in the second period with an additional push out. With time winding down in the match, the Sicklerville, N.J. native took down Akbari to close out the match.

Burroughs opened the tournament with a 9-2 technical fall over Gamid Dzhalilov of Tajikistan before winning 7-0 over India’s Narsingh Yadav in the second round.

After the first round of the quarterfinals, Burroughs managed a 1-0 lead over Jabrayil Hassanov of Azerbaijan. The American struck quickly in the second period, however, and extended his lead to 7-0, which stood as the final score.

Burroughs faced Ali Shabanau of Belarus in the semifinals and trailed 0-1 before a double at the end of the first period gave him the lead. Burroughs expanded his lead as Shabanau received penalties for hitting Burroughs in the face. Burroughs held on to a 6-1 lead at the five-minute mark but Shabanau received his third caution and was ultimately disqualified.

Burroughs extended his international winning streak to 65 consecutive matches with his performance in Hungary. He was a two-time NCAA champion at Nebraska and won the Hodge Trophy in 2011.

Green Competes at World University Games
Nebraska All-American James Green went 1-1 representing the United States in freestyle wrestling at the 2013 World University Games at Ak Bars Wrestling Palace on July 11.

Green, a junior from Willingboro, N.J., defeated Finland’s Petteri Martikainen, 4-0, in his opening match in the 66 kg class. Martikainen finished fifth at the 2012 World University Championships.

Nebraska’s two-time All-American was then eliminated from medal contention in the round of eight with a loss to Kyrgyzstan’s Ulukman Mamatov.

Russia’s Magomed Kubanaliev defeated Armenia’s Devid Safaryan 3-1 to capture the gold medal at 66 kg.

Green was one of seven wrestlers from Big Ten schools competing on the 14-member USA Wrestling Team at the World University Games.

Green earned his place on the USA Wrestling World University Games Team by capturing the 66 kg/145.5-pound championship at 2013 ASICS University Freestyle Nationals in Akron, Ohio in late May.

Green was one of four U.S. wrestlers competing in freestyle at the World University Games, along with Ed Ruth (Penn State, 84kg), Nico Megaludis (Penn State, 55 kg) and Tyrell Fortune (Grand Canyon, 120 kg), who earned a bronze medal for the United States.

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