Kokesh, Ihnen Earn Titles in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nev. - Robert Kokesh (174) and Josh Ihnen (184) won their weight divisions at the Cliff Keen Invitational on Saturday to lead the Nebraska wrestling team to a fifth place finish.
The Huskers earned 89.5 points at the tournament. Ohio State (124.5 points) edged Missouri by one point for the team title.
Ihnen, who was the No. 1 seed at 184 pounds, won a 3-2 decision over No. 4 seed Jacob Swartz of Boise State in the semifinals to start his Saturday. In the championships match, Ihnen pinned No. 3 seed Mike Larson of Missouri in 2:14.
At 174 pounds, Kokesh won a 17-5 major decision over No. 4 seed Mathew Miller of Navy before winning by injury default over Daniel Yates of Michigan in the title match. Kokesh was the No. 1 seed and Yates was the No. 3 seed.
Sophomore Jake Sueflohn finished third at 149 pounds. He lost his semifinal match against No. 4 seed Cole VonOhlen of Air Force in an 11-9 decision. Sueflohn responded in the wrestleback bracket by winning an 8-4 decision over Cornell's Christopher Villalonga before winning the third-place match against Ohio State's Cam Tessari in a 7-5 decision.
Ridge Kiley earned a seventh-place result at 141 pounds. He opened his Saturday with a 7-3 decision over San Francisco State's Naveed Bagheri in the wrestleback bracket. Kiley fell in his next match by a 3-0 decision against Harvard's Steven Keith. In the seventh-place match, Kiley won a 9-5 decision over CSU-Bakersfield's Timmy Box.
Sophomore James Green finished eighth at 157 pounds. He won his first match of the day against Cal Poly's Kyle Chene in a 9-4 decision. He lost by medical default in his next two matches en route to his eighth-place finish. Caleb Kolb (197) lost his only match of the day, falling by a 10-2 major decision against Arizona State's Jake Meredith.
The Huskers return home next weekend for a pair of matches. NU will face Arizona State on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., before hosting Wisconsin on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.