No. 10 Nebraska (8-1, 2-1 Big Ten) vs. No. 11 Ohio State (7-2, 2-2 Big Ten)
St. John Arena (13,276) • Columbus, Ohio • Friday, Jan. 24 • 6 p.m. CT
Series History: Nebraska leads, 7-2-0
Last Meeting: Ohio State won, 21-18, on Feb. 12, 2012, in Stillwater, Okla.
Video Streaming (subscription required): Big Ten Digital Network
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No. 10 Nebraska (8-1, 2-1 Big Ten) vs. No. 21 Purdue (5-4, 0-4 Big Ten)
Holloway Gymnasium (2,288) • West Lafayette, Ind. • Sunday, Jan. 26 • Noon CT
Series History: Nebraska leads, 6-1-0
Last Meeting: Nebraska won, 24-9, on Jan. 22, 2012, in Lincoln, Neb.
Video Streaming (subscription required): Big Ten Digital Network
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The No. 10 Nebraska wrestling team (8-1, 2-1 Big Ten) looks to rebound following its first loss of the season when the Huskers visit Ohio State and Purdue this weekend.
The Huskers travel to Columbus, Ohio, on Friday to face the No. 11 Buckeyes at 6 p.m. CT. On Sunday, NU squares off with No. 21 Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., starting at noon. Ohio State enters the weekend with a 7-2 record, while the Boilermakers take a 5-4 mark into their matchup with Nebraska.
Both duals will be streamed on the Big Ten Digital Network and can also be followed on Twitter via the @HuskerWrestling account.
Nebraska is making its first road dual start since November and looks to get back to its winning ways after suffering a loss to then-No. 3 Iowa at home last weekend. Despite the 22-9 setback, however, 157-pounder James Green led a trio of ranked Huskers to victories over the Hawkeyes. Green took down then-No. 1 Derek St. John, 9-7, while Robert Kokesh (174) and Jake Sueflohn (149) each notched victories over ranked opponents.
As a result of Green’s victory, he claimed the top spot in the national rankings and heads into this weekend with a perfect 22-0 record.
The Huskers faced both Ohio State and Purdue in 2012 during Nebraska’s first year as a member of the Big Ten Conference. NU knocked off Ohio State on Jan. 6, 2012 at home, 18-16, before falling to the Buckeyes at the National Duals in Stillwater, Okla. Nebraska won by a 24-9 margin over Purdue at home on Jan. 22.
Last Time Out: Huskers Come Up Short Against Iowa, 22-9
Junior 157-pounder James Green upset top-ranked Derek St. John, but Nebraska suffered its first loss of the season in a 22-9 setback to Iowa in front of 3,946 fans on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Devaney Center.
Green’s victory came in the fifth match of the night after 149-pounder Jake Sueflohn earned the first victory for Nebraska in the previous bout. Green earned a takedown against St. John in the first period to take an early 2-0 lead against the defending national champion.
In the second period, St. John escaped to cut the lead to 2-1 before another takedown by Green made the score 4-1. In the third period, Green managed two more takedowns to notch a 9-7 victory over St. John. Green, a two-time All-American, improved to 22-0 on the season, while St. John suffered his first loss of the 2013-14 campaign after a 20-0 start.
Sueflohn took down No. 13 Brody Grothus by a 5-2 decision in the third match of the night to cut Iowa’s lead to 10-3. Sueflohn earned two takedowns against the Hawkeye and improved to 22-3 on the season with an 8-1 mark in duals.
No. 4 Robert Kokesh (174) earned Nebraska’s third win of the evening with a 7-3 decision over No. 6 Mike Evans. Kokesh, a junior All-American, notched three takedowns in the bout and moved to 24-1 on the season, with a 9-0 dual record.
The Huskers suffered losses in the first three matches of the dual as No. 9 Tim Lambert (125) and Colton McCrystal (141) fell by decision and Shawn Nagel (133) lost by major decision.
Lambert battled No. 3 Thomas Gilman to a scoreless first period before Gilman earned a second-period escape. Lambert chose down to start the third period and earned an escape, but Gilman earned a point for riding time and managed a 2-1 victory over the Husker redshirt freshman.
Nagel fell to No. 3 Tony Ramos, 15-4, and McCrystal dropped a 9-2 decision to No. 13 Josh Dziewa.
Following Green’s victory at 157 pounds, Nebraska trailed Iowa 10-6 at the halfway point. At 165 pounds, Austin Wilson fell to No. 4 Nick Moore, 8-2. After Kokesh cut the Iowa’s lead to 13-9, the Hawkeyes won narrow matches in each of the final three bouts.
No. 11 TJ Dudley (184) suffered his first dual loss of the season in a 6-4 sudden victory at the hands of Sammy Brooks. Caleb Kolb (197) earned a third-period escape against No. 16 Nathan Burak in the subsequent match, but the Hawkeye managed a 3-1 victory. At heavyweight, Collin Jensen lost to No. 3 Bobby Telford, 2-0.
Scouting the Ohio State Buckeyes
No. 11 Ohio State is 7-2 on the season, with a 2-2 mark in Big Ten dual competition. The Buckeyes are fresh off a 21-12 triumph over Northwestern last weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio. The victory was Ohio State’s second in a row after taking down Illinois, 18-16, on Jan. 12. The Buckeyes’ two losses came against top-ranked Penn State on Dec. 15 and Wisconsin on Jan. 10. Both duals were on the road, but Ohio State nabbed a win over Kent State in between the two losses.
Ohio State went 4-0 in November to open the season, posting victories over Notre Dame (OH), Duke, Davidson and George Mason. The Buckeyes have made three tournament appearances, including a third-place showing at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Dec. 6-7. They also competed at two non-team scored events to start the season at the Clarion Open on Nov. 3 and Michigan State Open on Nov. 9.
Two-time defending national champion Logan Stieber leads seven Buckeyes in InterMat’s latest rankings, which were released on Jan. 21. The junior is ranked third at 141 pounds with a 13-1 record this season. 133-pounder Johnni DiJulius rounds out the top five in his weight class and holds a 17-1 mark this season. Kenny Courts (No. 8 at 184) and Nick Heflin (No. 8 at 197) are also in the top 10 for Ohio State.
Additionally, Mark Martin (No. 14 at 174), Nick Roberts (No. 16 at 125) and Ian Paddock (No. 18 at 149) are ranked and will each face ranked Huskers on Friday night.
The Buckeyes are coached by Tom Ryan, who is in his eighth year at the helm of Ohio State’s wrestling program. Ryan holds a record of 94-36-0 with the Buckeyes, and an overall mark of 203-119-1 in his head coaching career.
Scouting the Purdue Boilermakers
No. 21 Purdue is 5-4 on the season, with an 0-4 Big Ten dual record. In their most recent outing, the Boilermakers strung together back-to-back victories at the Wendy’s Duals on Jan. 19 in Ashland, Ohio over Northern Illinois and Ashland. Prior to that, Purdue had dropped three consecutive Big Ten duals to ranked opponents to start the New Year. Iowa, Michigan and Penn State each routed the Boilermakers by double digits during that stretch.
Purdue opened the dual season with a win over Duke before falling to then-No. 2 Minnesota on Nov. 22. The Boilermakers bounced back two days later with a triumph over SIU-Edwardsville before notching an additional win over Chattanooga on Dec. 15.
The Boilermakers have competed in three tournaments this season, including the Midlands Invitational, Dec. 29-30, where they finished 13th. Purdue finished 21st at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Dec. 6-7, and also wrestled in a non-team scored event at the Michigan State Open.
No. 14 Cashe Quiroga (133) and No. 15 Braden Atwood (197) are Purdue’s two ranked grapplers heading into the weekend. Danny Sabatello (141), Brandon Nelsen (149) and Patrick Kissel (174) also each have double-digit victories during the 2013-14 campaign.
Purdue is coached by Scott Hinkel, who is in his eighth season as head coach. Hinkel, a Purdue alum, holds a 73-53-2 career record.
Green Moves Up to No. 1 in 157-pound Rankings
Junior James Green jumped to No. 1 at 157 pounds in five different NCAA wrestling polls that were released on Monday and Tuesday.
Green, a Willingboro, N.J. native, entered the weekend ranked third before his 9-7 decision over then-No. 1 Derek St. John of Iowa. Green now claims the top spot in InterMat, Amateur Wrestling News, WIN Magazine, Asics FloRankings and WrestlingReport. St. John falls to No. 2, while Oklahoma State’s Alex Dieringer rounds out the top three in each set of rankings.
In addition to earning the No. 1 ranking, Green collected USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week and Flowrestling.com’s Brute Wrestler-of-the-Week Award.
On Saturday evening, Green’s victory over St. John came in the fifth match of the night as the Husker grappler earned four takedowns against the defending national champion. St. John was undefeated before falling to Green.
Green, a two-time All-American, is 22-0 this season and holds a perfect 8-0 record in duals. He has four pins, three technical falls and five major decisions to go along with five wins over ranked opponents.
During the course of the 2013-14 campaign, Green has earned titles at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open (Nov. 3), Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 6-7) and Reno Tournament of Champions (Dec. 22).
James Green’s List of Honors This Week (all rankings reflect the 157-pound weight class only)
• USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week (Jan. 21)
• Flowrestling.com’s Brute Wrestler of the Week (Jan. 20)
• Ranked #1 in InterMat
• Ranked #1 in Amateur Wrestling News
• Ranked #1 in WIN Magazine
• Ranked #1 in Asics FloRankings
• Ranked #1 in WrestlingReport
Fans Set Attendance School Record at Iowa Dual
The audience of 3,946 that showed up to the Devaney Center on Saturday evening set a record for largest home crowd in Nebraska wrestling’s dual history. The previous high came in 2012 against Iowa at the NU Coliseum, where 3,526 fans attended.
Nebraska Wrestling’s Largest Home Crowds
1. Iowa (2014) - 3,946
2. Iowa (2012) - 3,526
3. Oklahoma State (2005) - 3,442
Huskers in the Rankings
No. 1 James Green (157) leads six Huskers who are ranked in InterMat’s latest poll, released on Jan. 22. Fellow juniors Robert Kokesh (No. 4 at 174) and Jake Sueflohn (No. 5 at 149) round out Nebraska’s grapplers in the top five. Tim Lambert is ninth at 125 pounds, while Dudley remained 11th at 184 and Kolb entered the rankings at 20th at 197 pounds.
The WIN Magazine rankings were released on Jan. 20 and feature five Huskers in its poll, with Green garnering the top spot. Sueflohn moved up to third at 149, while Kokesh remained at fourth and Lambert stayed at 10th. Dudley is 13th.
In the Amateur Wrestling News poll, released on Jan. 21, five Huskers achieved top-20 rankings. Green is first, Sueflohn is third, Kokesh is fourth, while Dudley is 11th and Lambert is 12th.
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 seventh in the InterMat poll, sixth in WIN Magazine and 10th in the Coaches poll.
Johnson, Kolb Battling at 197
Spencer Johnson and Caleb Kolb have split the number of dual starts at 197 pounds for the Huskers after nine matches. Johnson has made five appearances and holds a 3-2 mark, while Kolb is 2-2 in four showings for Nebraska. Overall, Kolb is 5-2 and Johnson is 22-8 on the season.
Kokesh Nearing 100th Win
Junior Robert Kokesh (174) is eight wins shy of the 100th of his collegiate career at Nebraska. The third-year starter holds a 92-12 career record, with 24 of those victories coming this season. Last season, Kokesh went 38-4 en route to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships at 174 pounds. In 2011-12, Kokesh wrapped up his redshirt freshman campaign with a 30-7 mark at 165 pounds.
Nebraska has 21 members in its 100-win club, with Josh Ihnen becoming the most recent to reach the milestone last season.
Huskers Working Through Challenging Schedule
Nebraska’s matchups with Ohio State and Purdue 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 competing against No. 19 Northwestern, No. 18 Stanford and No. 3 Iowa, the Huskers will face five additional teams that are currently ranked in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Poll, released on Jan. 21, including Friday night’s dual against No. 11 Ohio State and Sunday afternoon’s matchup with No. 21 Purdue.
The Huskers conclude the dual season with three matches against top-25 opponents. Following this weekend, NU hits the road on Feb. 1 to grapple against No. 15 Illinois. Nebraska’s final home dual of the season is Feb. 7 against No. 12 Michigan. The regular-season finale is Feb. 21 at No. 19 Wisconsin.
BTN, BTDN to Feature Huskers Eight Times
Nebraska has one more Big Ten Network appearance and four more Big Ten Digital Network appearances after making three showings on the networks so far this season.
Two of Nebraska’s BTDN showings are set for this weekend against Ohio State and Purdue. The dual against the Buckeyes will start on Friday at 6 p.m., while the Huskers and Boilermakers square off at noon on Sunday.
After this weekend, Nebraska makes its second BTN appearance of the season when the Huskers travel to Champaign, Ill., to take on the Fighting Illini on Feb. 1. The dual between NU and Illinois will commence at 4 p.m. The Huskers’ first BTN coverage took place last weekend against Iowa at the Devaney Center.
The final two duals of the season will be streamed on BTDN, including the Senior Night matchup with Michigan on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Nebraska’s final road appearance on BTDN is slated for Feb. 21 against Wisconsin, starting at 7 p.m.
Nebraska has already made two appearances on BTDN this season, with the Huskers’ victories over Indiana and Wyoming being streamed. NU’s win over Penn on Jan. 11 was streamed on Huskers.com as part of the “Tumble N Rumble” event.
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.
Next Up: Illinois
Nebraska continues its road trip next weekend as the Huskers head to Champaign, Ill., to face Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 1. The dual between the Huskers and Fighting Illini is set for 4 p.m., and will be broadcasted on the Big Ten Network.
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.
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 206-96-5. Manning is 183-72-3 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 concluded a four-dual home stand last weekend when NU faced Iowa on Saturday evening. Nebraska has also wrestled against Wyoming, Indiana and Penn at the newly renovated 7,907-seat venue this season.
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.
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.