Sophomore Josh Ihnen led the Huskers back to defeat Oregon State on Saturday night.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Ihnen, Huskers Rally Past Oregon State

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln--- The No. 14 Nebraska wrestling won three out of the last four matches against the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday night to complete a 17-16 come-from-behind victory at the NU Coliseum. The Huskers improved their record to 6-2 on the season, while Oregon State was dealt their first loss of the year to drop their record to 3-1-2.

The Huskers jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after Andy Johnson (197) and No. 7 Tucker Lane (HWT) won two close matches to start the dual. Trailing 3-2 entering the third period to Chad Hanke (OSU), Johnson used an escape and a takedown in the third period to go ahead 5-3 and complete the comeback, while Lane used an escape and gained the riding time advantage to put away No. 12 Clayton Jack (OSU), 2-0.

Oregon State battled back to take a 12-6 lead after winning the next four matches all by decision, before redshirt freshman Cody Compton (NU) got the Huskers back on track at 157-pounds. Compton defeated Alex Elder (OSU) by an 8-6 decision to close the Husker deficit to three at 12-9. Compton improved his dual record to 3-0 on the season.

Senior Jordan Burroughs then gave the Huskers the lead in the next match at 165-pounds after he defeated Jon Brascetta (OSU) by technical fall, 26-9 (5:17). The victory marked Burroughs second straight by technical fall and fifth of the season. The Sicklerville, N.J. native now owns a 13-0 record and an 8-0 mark in dual competition.

With the Huskers leading by two points, the Beavers were able to take the lead at the 174-pound match as No. 6 Colby Covington (OSU) defeated Caleb Kolb (NU) by major decision to give Oregon State a two-point advantage.

With Kolb's loss, the dual was left in the hands of sophomore Josh Ihnen (NU). The 8th-ranked wrestler at 184-pounds jumped to an early four-point lead over Brice Arand (NU) and never looked back, cruising to a 6-2 decision to give the Huskers their 17-16 victory.

The Nebraska wrestling team will return to action on Dec. 29-30, when they travel to Evanston, Ill., to participate in the Midlands Wrestling Championships.

#14 Nebraska vs. Oregon State
Lincoln, Neb., NU Coliseum
Attendance: 407

NU 17, OSU 16
197- Andy Johnson (NU) by dec. over Chad Hanke (OSU), 5-4 (NU 3, OSU 0)
HWT- #7 Tucker Lane (NU) by dec. over #12 Clayton Jack (OSU), 2-0 (NU 6, OSU 0)
125- #13 Jason Lara (OSU) by dec. over David Klingsheim (NU), 7-4 (NU 6, OSU 3)
133- #16 Kelly Kubec (OSU) by dec. over Ridge Kiley (NU), 5-3 (NU 6, OSU 6)
141- #12 Mike Mangrum (OSU) by dec. over Mike Koehnlein (NU), 14-8 (NU 6, OSU 9)
149- Scott Sakaguchi (OSU) by dec. over Ross Grande (NU), 6-2 (NU 6, OSU 12)
157- Cody Compton (NU) by dec. over Alex Elder (OSU), 8-6 (NU 9, OSU 12)
165- #2 Jordan Burroughs (NU) by tech. fall over Jon Brascetta (OSU), 26-9 (NU 14, OSU 12)
174- #Colby Covington (OSU) by major dec. over Caleb Kolb (NU), 12-3 (NU 14, OSU 16)
184- #8 Josh Ihnen (NU) by dec. over Brice Arand (OSU), 6-2 (NU 17, OSU 16)


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