Honors & Awards
Ihnen bounced back by defeating Virginia’s Stephen Doty, 7-5, and Illinois’ Tony Dallago, 9-6, in the consolation bracket. His victory over Dallago marked the 100th of his career, joining 20 other wrestlers in Husker history. Ihnen’s tournament run came to an end against No. 6-seed Ryan Loder of Northern Iowa in a 5-2 decision.
Big Ten Championships
In the consolation bracket, Ihnen rallied with a 3-0 decision over Ohio State’s CJ Magrum before dropping an 8-1 decision to Iowa’s Ethen Lofthouse in the third-place match.
Ihnen opened the season with a first-place finish at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open, defeating his four opponents by a combined score of 49-5. He added a technical fall and major decision in Nebraska’s first two duals before dropping his first match of the season by a 3-1 decision to Minnesota’s Kevin Steinhaus.
Ihnen responded by reeling off nine consecutive victories, which included the 184-pound title at the Cliff Keen Invitational on Dec. 1. Over the last two months of the regular season, Ihnen went 6-3, adding two technical falls and one major decision. He was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team at season’s end for the second consecutive year.
Ihnen responded with a 5-3 decision over Northern Iowa's Ryan Loder before falling to No. 3 seed Ben Bennett of Central Michigan by injury default. In Ihnen's final match, which was for seventh place against Wyoming's Joe LeBlanc, he received a medical forfeit. Ihnen finished the NCAA Championships with a 3-3 record.
Big Ten Championships
In the championship match against No. 1 seed Kevin Steinhaus of Minnesota, Ihnen lost by sudden victory, 3-1.
Ihnen went 7-2 in Big Ten duals, including a pin in 0:44 against Indiana's Luke Sheridan. He finished the season with 60 dual points and 38 dual takedowns.
Ihnen was a standout in the classroom, claiming second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. He was a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. He was also an academic All-Big Ten pick and earned a pair of selections to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.
Big 12 Championships
Ihnen opened the tournament with a 7-5 loss to No. 7 Joe LeBlanc of Wyoming, but Ihnen bounced back to win three straight matches. He defeated No. 17 Mike Miller of Central Michigan, 3-1, before shutting out No. 20 Thomas Spellman of Virginia Tech, 4-0. Ihnen's rise continued with a 5-3 victory over Zac Thomusseit of Pittsburgh, before coming to an end with a 9-6 loss to No. 3 Dustin Kilgore of Kent State. A win would have put Ihnen on the All-America podium as a freshman.
Big 12 Championships
Both of Ihnen's wins came over Erich Schmidtke of Oklahoma. In the first round, Ihnen downed the Sooner, 8-3, while coming back with a strong performance in the consolation final by shutting out Schmidtke, 4-0. Ihnen's only setback in the Big 12 Championships was a 2-1 loss to No. 3 Max Askren of Missouri.
He defeated one ranked opponent during the regular season, downing No. 17 Joe Budi of Old Dominion at the Las Vegas Invitational. Nine of Ihnen's 10 dual losses came to opponents ranked in the top 15, with eight of those by decision. After an 8-4 loss to No. 18 Sonny Yohn of Minnesota on Dec. 10, Ihnen went 8-6 the rest of the regular season. He picked up his first Big 12 win with a 5-1 decision over Erich Schmidtke of Oklahoma on Feb. 4.
Ihnen finished the regular season with one technical fall and two major decision wins.
Ihnen opened the season with a 1-2 performance at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open on Nov. 15, but the Sheldon, Iowa, native went 23-3 the rest of the season to place at six open tournaments, including three titles.
Wrestling in the amateur division, Ihnen posted four wins to advance to the final of the Kaufman-Brand Open on Nov. 22, before settling for a second-place finish. Ihnen continued his roll with a 5-0 performance to win the Fort Hays State Open on Dec. 6. Ihnen went 4-1 to place third at the UNK Loper Open on Dec. 13, but racked up six straight victories to win the Dana and Brand opens on Jan. 3 and 17. Ihnen ended his season with a 4-1 showing and second-place finish at the Grand View Open on Jan. 31.
In the classroom, Ihnen earned a 3.99 grade-point average and was named to the honor roll all four years. He was a member of National Honor Society and a two-time first-team selection to the academic all-state wrestling squad.
A three-sport athlete, Ihnen also earned six letters in football and track and field in high school. He was a three-year starter at linebacker, helping Sheldon to a 12-1 record his sophomore year and an appearance in the state finals. He was named to the all-district first team twice for football and was also named the Siouxland Male Athlete of the Year by the Sioux City Journal.
Ihnen was ranked No. 10 nationally at 189 pounds by InterMat.