Huskers Bounce Back With Win Over Spartans
East Lansing, Mich. - Nebraska won eight of 10 matches to earn a weekend split in the state of Michigan with a dominant 35-6 victory over Michigan State on Sunday at Jenison Field House.
Three Huskers recorded pins on Sunday, while a pair of NU grapplers earned major decisions as 15th-ranked Nebraska improves to 8-4 on the season and 6-2 in the Big Ten. With the loss, Michigan State falls to 5-9 on the year and 1-7 in the conference.
With the match tied at three after two bouts, Nebraska created distance in a hurry with back-to-back pins by Jason Renteria (133) and Chad Red Jr. (141) to spring the Huskers to a 15-3 lead. After getting taken down early in the first period, Renteria escaped and scored a quick takedown and nearfall, before pinning Logan Griffin in 1:29. Renteria, ranked 19th by InterMat, improves to 4-1 on the season and gets back into the win column after dropping his first match of the year on Friday at Michigan.
Red followed with a second period pin over senior and two-time NCAA qualifier Javier Gasca in 4:36. The 14th-ranked Red scored early and often, posting a pair of takedowns and a nearfall before locking up Gasca midway through the second stanza. Red improves to 16-7 after winning both of his matches on the weekend.
The Huskers led 18-3 at the intermission after Collin Purinton won his first dual match of the season at 149 pounds, as he won a 14-8 decision over Austin Eicher.
NU picked up right where it left off after the break, as eighth-ranked Tyler Berger recorded the third pin of the day and his second pin of the season with a fall in 4:23 over Jake Tucker. The All-American runs his record to 17-5 on the year and 8-3 in duals.
In the 165-pound match, 12th-ranked Isaiah White found bonus points of his own, as he won a 14-6 major decision over Austin Hiles. White improves to 9-2 in duals and 18-4 overall with his fourth major decision of the year.
NU closed the match with back-to-back wins at 184 and 197. Taylor Venz earned his 13th bonus-point win of the season with an 11-1 win over Shwan Shadaia, while Eric Schultz won a 9-6 decision over Nick May. Venz improves to 18-5 on the year and 8-3 in duals, while Schultz reaches the nine-win mark in duals at 9-3 as well as 14-6 on the year with a pair of wins on the weekend.
David Jensen began the match with a 6-1 decision over Christian Rebottaro at heavyweight, as Jensen returned to the starting lineup to improve his record to 8-8 on the year.
At 125 pounds, Mitchell Maginnis dropped a 6-3 decision to Rayvon Foley, while Beau Breske fell by decision to Logan Ritchie, 8-3, on a late scoring run by the Spartan wrestler.
Nebraska will return to action next Friday, as the Huskers travel to No. 20 Wisconsin at 7 p.m. The dual will be streamed live on BTN Plus and FloWrestling (subscription required for both).
#15 Nebraska 35, Michigan State 6
Feb. 4, 2018
East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
HWT: David Jensen (NEB) dec. Christian Rebottaro (MSU), 6-1 (NEB 3, MSU 0)
125: Rayvon Foley (MSU) dec. Mitchell Maginnis (NEB), 6-3 (NEB 3, MSU 3)
133: #19 Jason Renteria (NEB) pin Logan Griffin (MSU), 1:29 (NEB 9, MSU 3)
141: #14 Chad Red Jr. (NEB) pin Javier Gasca (MSU), 4:36 (NEB 15, MSU 3)
149: Collin Purinton (NEB) dec. Austin Eicher (MSU), 14-8 (NEB 18, MSU 3)
157: #8 Tyler Berger (NEB) pin Jake Tucker (MSU), 4:23 (NEB 24, MSU 3)
165: #12 Isaiah White (NEB) major dec. Austin Hiles (MSU), 14-6 (NEB 28, MSU 3)
174: Logan Ritchie (MSU) dec. Beau Breske (NEB), 8-3 (NEB 28, MSU 6)
184: #7 Taylor Venz (NEB) major dec. Shwan Shadaia (MSU), 11-1 (NEB 32, MSU 6)
197: Eric Schultz (NEB) dec. Nick May (MSU), 9-6 (NEB 35, MSU 6)