Huskers Roll Past Mountaineers
Morgantown, W.Va. - Bonus-point wins at the three upper weights powered 13th-ranked Nebraska to a 28-13 win on Saturday at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va.
With Nebraska holding a 13-6 lead entering the intermission following the 174-pound bout, Taylor Venz won a 17-5 major decision over Brenden McRill at 184 pounds, before Eric Schultz unleashed a scoring barrage on the way to a 22-5 technical fall over Hunter DeLong at 197 pounds.
In the heavyweight bout, sophomore David Jensen gave NU a 28-6 lead in the match after he recorded Nebraska's first pin of the dual season, as he pinned Brandon Ngati in 3:17.
Isaiah White, the 11th-ranked wrestler in the nation at 165 pounds according to InterMat, dominated his match at 165 pounds, scoring a total of seven takedowns and a reversal, as he cruised to a 17-7 major decision over Ryan Lopez.
Fifth-ranked Colton McCrystal picked up a decision at 149 pounds, as he came back from an early deficit to defeat Kyler Rea, 6-4.
No. 7 Chad Red Jr. began the day with a win by forfeit to give Nebraska an early 6-0 lead.
West Virginia recorded wins at 157, 174, 125 and 133. NU's Collin Purinton started fast and got out to an early lead over Zachary Moore at 157 pounds, but Moore scored a pair of takedowns in the second period, and forced the match to overtime. In the sudden victory period, Moore notched a takedown to win an 8-6 decision.
Eric Engler dropped a 7-1 decision at 174 pounds to Nick Kiussis, while senior Mitchell Maginnis fell to Devin Brown by a 9-5 decision at 125 pounds. WVU's Matthew Schmitt won a 10-2 major decision over NU's Brian Peska at 133 pounds in the final bout of the afternoon.
The Huskers will return to action next Friday and Saturday at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. Action at both days of the tournament is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. (CT).
Nebraska 28, West Virginia 13
Nov. 25, 2017
Morgantown, W.Va. (WVU Coliseum)
141: #7 Chad Red Jr. (NEB) wins by forfeit (NEB 6, WVU 0)
149: #5 Colton McCrystal (NEB) dec. Kyler Rea (WVU), 6-4 (NEB 9, WVU 0)
157: Zachary Moore (WVU) sv-1 Collin Purinton (NEB), 8-6 (NEB 9, WVU 3)
165: #11 Isaiah White (NEB) major dec. Ryan Lopez (WVU), 17-7 (NEB 13, WVU 3)
174: Nick Kiussis (WVU) dec. Eric Engler (NEB), 7-1 (NEB 13, WVU 6)
184: Taylor Venz (NEB) major dec. Brenden McRill (WVU), 17-5 (NEB 17, WVU 6)
197: Eric Schultz (NEB) tech. fall Hunter DeLong (WVU), 22-5 (NEB 22, WVU 6)
HWT: David Jensen (NEB) pin Brandon Ngati (WVU), 3:17 (NEB 28, WVU 6)
125: Devin Brown (WVU) dec. Mitchell Maginnis (NEB), 9-5 (NEB 28, WVU 9)
133: Matthew Schmitt (WVU) major dec. Brian Peska (NEB), 10-2 (NEB 28, WVU 13)