Lincoln, Neb. - The No. 13 Nebraska wrestling team trailed heading into the final match on Friday night at the NU Coliseum against Michigan State, 19-17, before redshirt freshman Austin Wilson pinned Nick Proctor. Wilson's fall gave the Huskers a 23-19 victory over Michigan State.
Nebraska improves to 10-4 on the season, with a 4-3 record in Big Ten duals. The Spartans fall to 4-10 and 0-6 in Big Ten competition.
Wilson (165) faced a 2-0 deficit in the second period against Proctor before a takedown that led to the pin in 3:45. The NU Coliseum crowd of 1,742 erupted following the win, which propelled the Huskers to victory. Wilson improves to 24-9 with a 7-3 record in duals. He picked up his seventh consecutive win dating back to last weekend's third-place finish at the Grand View Open.
Sophomore Robert Kokesh (174) extended his winning streak to 22 with a 19-3 technical fall over Michigan State's Jordan Wohlfert. Kokesh, who is ranked No. 3 by InterMat, improves to 27-1 with the win and 13-1 in dual competition. The technical fall was his fifth of the 2012-13 campaign.
Josh Ihnen, who was one of five Huskers honored as part of the Senior Night festivities, continued the NU momentum with a 6-1 decision over John Rizqallah at 184 pounds. Ihnen, who is ranked eighth by InterMat, moves to 19-3 on the season. He picked up the 92nd victory of his career with the win.
Junior Caleb Kolb extended the Nebraska lead to 11-0 with his 4-1 decision over the Spartans' Nick McDiarmid at 197 pounds. Kolb snapped a five-match losing streak and improves to 10-14 overall and 5-9 in duals.
The Huskers suffered three consecutive losses at heavyweight, 125 and 133 en route to a 13-11 Spartan lead. Sophomore Spencer Johnson (HWT) was tied with No. 7 Michael McClure, 2-2, in the third period before a McClure takedown. The Spartan junior added a point for riding time en route to a 5-2 decision for his 26th win of the season. Johnson drops to 2-3 with the loss.
Freshman Eric Coufal fell by a 14-1 major decision at 125 pounds to Brennan Lyon. The Huskers took an 11-7 lead into intermission, where gold medalist Jordan Burroughs and Athletic Director Emeritus Tom Osborne were honored. The Huskers forfeited the first match following the break at 133 pounds, giving Michigan State a slim 13-11 lead.
Senior Ridge Kiley (141) responded with an 8-2 decision over Nick Trimble to regain the lead in the dual, 14-13. The Spartans struck back at 149 pounds as Dan Osterman pinned No. 7 Jake Sueflohn in 2:55. Sueflohn, a sophomore, suffered his fourth loss of the season and drops to 8-3 in duals. Michigan State took a 19-14 lead into the final two matches.
No. 6 James Green (157) won a 5-2 decision over Ryan Watts to give the Huskers hope before Wilson's pin ultimately secured the win. Green improves to 16-2 on the season and 9-1 in duals.
The Huskers return to action at No. 3 Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 10. The dual is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be available on Big Ten Digital Network.
Feb. 1, 2013
No. 13 Nebraska 23, Michigan State 19
NU Coliseum, Lincoln, Neb.
174: #3 Robert Kokesh (NEB) by tech. fall over Jordan Wohlfert (MSU), 19-3 (NEB 5, MSU 0)
184: #8 Josh Ihnen (NEB) by dec. over John Rizqallah (MSU), 6-1 (NEB 8, MSU 0)
197: Caleb Kolb (NEB) by dec. over Nick McDiarmid (MSU), 4-1 (NEB 11, MSU 0)
HWT: #7 Michael McClure (MSU) by dec. over Spencer Johnson (NEB), 5-2 (NEB 11, MSU 3)
125: Brennan Lyon (MSU) by major dec. over Eric Coufal (NEB), 14-1 (NEB 11, MSU 7)
133: Brandon Fifield (MSU) by forfeit (MSU 13, NEB 11)
141: Ridge Kiley (NEB) by dec. over Nick Trimble (MSU), 8-2 (NEB 14, MSU 13)
149: Dan Osterman by pin over #7 Jake Sueflohn (NEB), 2:55 (MSU 19, NEB 14)
157: #6 James Green (NEB) by dec. over Ryan Watts (MSU), 5-2 (MSU 19, NEB 17)
165: Austin Wilson (NEB) by pin over Nick Proctor (MSU), 3:45 (NEB 23, MSU 19)