Lincoln, Neb. - The No. 9 Nebraska wrestling team trailed Wisconsin 19-9 before winning the final two matches, but it wasn't enough as the Badgers edged the Huskers, 19-17, in front of 1,008 fans at the NU Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
With the loss, the Huskers fall to 5-2 on the season, with an 0-2 record in Big Ten duals. The Badgers improve to 5-2 with the victory, including a 2-0 mark in Big Ten competition.
No. 6 Josh Ihnen started Nebraska on the right track, winning by technical fall over Wisconsin's Ben Cox, 17-0, at 184 pounds. Ihnen, a senior, picked up his 14th win of the season and improves to 6-1 in duals. The technical fall was his fourth of the 2012-13 campaign and his first since Nov. 10.
The Badgers responded by reeling off five consecutive victories to take a 16-5 lead. Wisconsin's Jackson Hein and Nebraska's Caleb Kolb battled to a sudden victory overtime at 197 pounds before Hein won the match, 3-1. At heavyweight, No. 14 Connor Medbery of Wisconsin edged Donny Longendyke by a 4-2 decision. Kolb fell to 6-7 on the season and Longendyke dropped to 6-9.
At 125 pounds, freshman Eric Coufal suffered a 7-4 decision loss to Matt Cavallaris before junior Shawn Nagel fell by a 5-1 decision to the Badgers' Tom Kelliher at 133 pounds. Coufal moves to 1-6 on the season, while Nagel falls to 9-6. The Badgers added a major decision at 141 pounds as No. 9 Tyler Graff won 13-5 over senior Ridge Kiley. Kiley drops to 6-4 on the season with a 2-2 mark in duals.
The Huskers bounced back with No. 10 Jake Sueflohn's major decision over Cole Schmitt, 9-1, at 149 pounds. Sueflohn, a sophomore, improves to 13-2 on the season with a 4-1 mark in dual competition. The major decision was his third of the 2012-13 campaign.
At 157 pounds, senior Ross Grande lost a 4-2 decision to Wisconsin's Kalvin York, giving the Badgers a 19-9 lead with two matches to go. Grande suffered his sixth loss of the season and drops to 0-2 in duals.
The Huskers responded by winning the final two matches at 165 and 174 pounds. Redshirt freshman Austin Wilson picked up his 11th win of the season with his 11-5 decision over Frank Cousins. Sophomore Robert Kokesh, who is ranked No. 8 by InterMat, won an 18-2 technical fall over Scott Liegel in the final match. The technical fall was Kokesh's third of the season, but it wasn't enough as the Huskers lost 19-17.
Nebraska returns to action next Sunday for the first Grapple at the Garden in New York, N.Y. The Huskers will face Rutgers at 9:30 a.m. (CT), before squaring off against Maryland at 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 9, 2012
Wisconsin 19, No. 9 Nebraska 17
NU Coliseum, Lincoln, Neb.
184 - #6 Josh Ihnen (NEB) by tech. fall over Ben Cox (WIS), 17-0 (NEB 5, WIS 0)
197 - Jackson Hein (WIS) by sudden victory over Caleb Kolb (NEB), 3-1 (NEB 5, WIS 3)
HWT - #14 Connor Medbery (WIS) by dec. over Donny Longendyke (NEB), 4-2 (WIS 6, NEB 5)
125 - Matt Cavallaris (WIS) by dec. over Eric Coufal (NEB), 7-4 (WIS 9, NEB 5)
133 - Tom Kelliher (WIS) by dec. over Shawn Nagel (NEB), 5-1 (WIS 12, NEB 5)
141 - #9 Tyler Graff (WIS) by major dec. over Ridge Kiley (NEB), 13-5 (WIS 16, NEB 5)
149 - #10 Jake Sueflohn (NEB) by major dec. over Cole Schmitt (WIS), 9-1 (WIS 16, NEB 9)
157 - Kalvin York (WIS) by dec. over Ross Grande (NEB), 4-2 (WIS 19, NEB 9)
165 - Austin Wilson (NEB) by dec. over Frank Cousins (WIS), 11-5 (WIS 19, NEB 12)
174 - #8 Robert Kokesh (NEB) by tech. fall over Scott Liegel (WIS), 18-2 (WIS 19, NEB 17)