Lincoln, Neb. - The No. 9 Nebraska wrestling team fell to No. 1 Minnesota in its home opener at the NU Coliseum on Friday night, 27-7.
The loss marks the first for the Huskers this season following a 2-0 road trip last weekend. The Golden Gophers improve to 2-0 with the victory. Minnesota opened with a 32-6 win over Hofstra on Friday, Nov. 9.
In the first match of the night, Minnesota's No. 1 Tony Nelson won by major decision over Nebraska's Donny Longendyke in the heavyweight battle, 11-2. Nelson improves to 5-0 with the win and Longendyke falls to 3-5.
The Gophers added two major decisions in the next three matches with No. 6 David Thorn defeating Eric Coufal, 14-3 at 125 pounds, and No. 8 Nick Dardanes topping Skylar Galloway, 11-2, at 141 pounds. At 133 pounds, No. 6 Chris Dardanes won a 12-5 decision over Nebraska's Shawn Nagel.
Trailing 15-0, the Huskers' Jake Sueflohn picked up the team's first victory with his 14-5 major decision over Seth Lange. No. 13 Sueflohn moves to 5-0 on the year and earned his first major decision of 2012-13. Lange falls to 1-1 with the loss.
The Huskers picked up their second straight victory with No. 5 James Green's 14-9 decision over Minnesota's Brad Dolezal. Green, a sophomore, won his eighth match on the season, while Dolezal fell to 12-2. With the win, the Huskers cut the Gophers' lead to 15-7.
At 165 pounds, Austin Wilson lost an 8-6 decision to No. 9 Cody Yohn. Wilson falls to 5-2 with the loss and Yohn improves to 6-1. No. 5 Logan Storley kept Minnesota's momentum going with a sudden victory over fellow South Dakota native No. 7 Robert Kokesh, 3-1, at 174 pounds. Kokesh suffers his first loss of the season following a 5-0 start.
Minnesota won at 184 and 197 pounds by 3-1 decisions to close out the match. No. 4 Kevin Steinhaus of Minnesota won over No. 6 Josh Ihnen, while No. 12 Scott Schiller defeated Caleb Kolb. Ihnen falls to 6-1 with the loss and Kolb moves to 1-3.
The Huskers return to action on Sunday for a pair of duals against North Carolina and South Dakota State starting at noon.
Nov. 16, 2012
No. 1 Minnesota 27, No. 9 Nebraska 7
NU Coliseum, Lincoln, Neb.
HWT - #1 Tony Nelson (MINN) by major dec. over Donny Longendyke (NEB), 11-2 (MINN 4, NEB 0)
125 - #6 David Thorn (MINN) by major dec. over Eric Coufal (NEB), 14-3 (MINN 8, NEB 0)
133 - #6 Chris Dardanes (MINN) by dec. over Shawn Nagel (NEB), 12-5 (MINN 11, NEB 0)
141 - #8 Nick Dardanes (MINN) by major dec. over Skylar Galloway (NEB), 11-2 (MINN 15, NEB 0)
149 - #13 Jake Sueflohn (NEB) by major dec. over Seth Lange (MINN), 14-5 (MINN 15, NEB 4)
157 - #5 James Green (NEB) by dec. over Brad Dolezal (MINN), 14-9 (MINN 15, NEB 7)
165 - #9 Cody Yohn (MINN) by dec. over Austin Wilson (NEB), 8-6 (MINN 18, NEB 7)
174 - #5 Logan Storley (MINN) by sudden victory over #7 Robert Kokesh (NEB), 3-1 (MINN 21, NEB 7)
184 - #4 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) by dec. over #6 Josh Ihnen (NEB), 3-1 (MINN 24, NEB 7)
197 - #12 Scott Schiller (MINN) by dec. over Caleb Kolb (NEB), 3-1 (MINN 27, NEB 7)