Mitchell Maginnis won a 5-2 decision over Johnny Jimenez at 125 pounds on Friday.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Blast Badgers to Close Big Ten Dual Season

By NU Athletic Communications

Madison, Wis. - David Jensen (HWT) earned his second dual pin of the year, while six Huskers won decisions, as 15th-ranked Nebraska won seven of 10 matches on the way to a 24-10 win over 20th-ranked Wisconsin on Friday night at the UW Field House.

The win Friday night marked the 700th win in program history, as NU's all-time record is now 700-555-29 since first fielding a program in 1910-11.

Nebraska closes the Big Ten dual slate with a 7-2 record, as the Cornhuskers have now won seven of eight duals to run their record to 9-4 overall. Wisconsin drops to 6-3 and 3-3 in the league with the loss.

Isaiah White, the 12th-ranked wrestler at 165 pounds according to InterMat, got the Huskers started with a win in one of the marquee matchups of the night, as he scored takedowns in the first and third periods and hung on for a 6-3 win over No. 6 Evan Wick. With the win, White improves to 19-4 on the year, and 10-2 in duals as he becomes the first Husker to hit the 10-win mark in duals this season.

Another ranked matchup went the way of the Huskers at 184 pounds, as No. 7 Taylor Venz won a battle of top-10 wrestlers over No. 9 Ricky Robertson. Robertson was in control for most of the match, and led 6-3 heading into the third period, but Venz scored a late takedown and a pair of nearfalls to win a 12-7 decision for his second win over the Badger grappler this season. Venz runs his record to 19-5 on the season and 9-4 in duals.

Heavyweight David Jensen gave the Huskers control of the match heading into halftime, as he turned an attempt by Ben Stone into a Husker pin, as Jensen earned a fall in 1:33. The pin was Jensen's second in a dual this season, and the fastest of his three falls overall on the year.

NU picked up right where it left off as the lineup turned over to the lower weights out of intermission, as Mitchell Maginnis (125), Jason Renteria (133), Chad Red Jr. (141) and Colton McCrystal (149) won decisions for the Huskers to put the dual out of reach.

Maginnis, a senior from Grand Island, Neb., won a 5-2 decision over Johnny Jimenez with a second-period reversal and a third-period takedown to earn his second Big Ten dual win of the season.

Renteria, ranked 19th, was dominant throughout the 133-pound match, won an 11-4 decision over Jens Lantz with five takedowns and a riding-time point, as he improves to 5-1 on the season.

The 13th-ranked Red won his third match in a row and his fifth in the last six, as he defeated Eli Stickley by a 6-3 decision. Red is now 17-7 on the year and 8-5 in duals.

No. 10 McCrystal improved to 16-3 and 9-2 in duals with a 7-4 decision over Cole Martin.

Wisconsin won decisions at 174 and 197, as Ryan Christensen defeated Beau Breske by a score of 3-2, while Hunter Ritter downed Eric Schultz, 9-6. In the final bout of the night, No. 8 Tyler Berger dropped an 11-3 major decision to No. 19 Andrew Crone.

The Huskers will return to action next Friday, as NU will travel west to face Stanford in its final dual of the season. The contest is set to begin at 9 p.m. (CT) in Stanford, Calif.

#15 Nebraska 24, #20 Wisconsin 10
Feb. 9, 2018
Madison, Wis. (UW Field House)

Match Results
165: #12 Isaiah White (NEB) dec. #6 Evan Wick (WIS), 6-3 (NEB 3, WIS 0)
174: Ryan Christensen (WIS) dec. Beau Breske (NEB), 3-2 (NEB 3, WIS 3)
184: #7 Taylor Venz (NEB) dec. #9 Ricky Robertson (WIS), 12-7 (NEB 6, WIS 3)
197: Hunter Ritter (WIS) dec. Eric Schultz (NEB), 9-6 (NEB 6, WIS 6)
HWT: David Jensen (NEB) pin Ben Stone (WIS), 1:33 (NEB 12, WIS 6)
125: Mitchell Maginnis (NEB) dec. Johnny Jimenez (WIS), 5-2 (NEB 15, WIS 6)
133: #19 Jason Renteria (NEB) dec. Jens Lantz (WIS), 11-4 (NEB 18, WIS 6)
141: #13 Chad Red Jr. (NEB) dec. Eli Stickley (WIS), 6-3 (NEB 21, WIS 6)
149: #10 Colton McCrystal (NEB) dec. Cole Martin (WIS), 7-4 (NEB 24, WIS 6)
157: #19 Andrew Crone (WIS) major dec. #8 Tyler Berger (NEB), 11-3 (NEB 24, WIS 10)

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