Cedar Falls, Iowa--- Trailing by one point entering the final match against the Northern Iowa Panthers, Andy Johnson (NU) was able to rally the Nebraska wrestling team back to an 18-15 victory on Sunday afternoon in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The No. 16 Huskers saw their record improve to 10-3 on the season, while Northern Iowa dropped to 7-8. The Huskers have now won at least ten duals nine times since the 2000-01 season.
The dual opened with a pair of ranked wrestlers at the 285-pound weight class in No. 10 Tucker Lane (NU) and No. 16 Christian Brantley (UNI). After no scoring in the first two periods, Lane was able to score an escape and was awarded the riding time point to take the match, 2-0.
At 125-pounds, David Klingsheim (NU) was unable to hold of Caleb Flores (UNI) giving up a takedown with :36 remaining in the third period to give Flores the 2-1 victory. Ridge Kiley (NU) was able to get the Huskers back on track at 133-pounds, defeating Ryan Jauch (UNI), 3-2. After scoring a reversal to take a 2-1 lead, Jauch tied the score at 2-2 after being awarded a stalling point, but Kiley was able to collect over a minute of riding time and took the match, 3-2.
After Kiley's victory, the Huskers dropped three straight decisions and fell behind by six points in the team score at 12-6, before senior Jordan Burroughs recorded his ninth technical fall victory of the season to pull the Huskers within one. Burroughs was dominant in his victory John Simon (UNI), recording five takedowns in the first period in route to his 21-5 win. Burroughs now owns a 23-0 record on the year.
Following Burroughs' win, sophomore Caleb Kolb (NU) regained the lead for NU after defeating Brice Wolf (UNI) by decision, 5-3, at 174-pounds. Kolb used two second period takedowns to give the Huskers a 14-12 lead in the team score.
The lead didn't last long for NU as No. 14 Ryan Loder (UNI) upset No. 12 Josh Ihnen (NU) at 184-pounds, 5-0, to setup the deciding match at 197-pounds. In that match, Johnson (NU) used three takedowns and two near falls to defeat Jarion Beets (UNI) by major decision, 12-0, and give NU the 18-15 victory. Johnson improved his record to 20-8 on the season and 2-0 on the weekend after defeating Derrick Borlie against Wisconsin.
The Huskers return to action on Friday, Jan. 28, when they travel to Norman, Okla., for their Big 12 Conference opener against the Oklahoma Sooners at 7 p.m. Nebraska will then travel to Columbia, Mo., to take on the Missouri Tigers on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m.
Nebraska 18, UNI 15
UNI Dome, Cedar Falls, Iowa
285-#10 Tucker Lane (NEB) by dec. over #16 Christian Brantley (UNI), 2-0 (NU 3, UNI 0)
125-Caleb Flores (UNI) by dec. over David Klingsheim (NEB), 2-1 (NU 3, UNI 3)
133-Ridge Kiley (NEB) by dec. over Ryan Jauch (UNI), 3-2 (NU 6 UNI 3)
141-Joey Lazor (UNI) by dec. over Mike Koehnlein (NEB), 17-13 (NU 6, UNI 6)
149-Brett Robbins (UNI) by dec. over Ross Grande (NEB), 6-2 (NU 6, UNI 9)
157-David Bonin (UNI) by dec. over Tyler Koehn (NEB), 6-1 (NU 6, UNI 12)
165-#1 Jordan Burroughs (NEB) by tech. fall over John Simon (UNI), 21-5 (NU 11, UNI 12)
174-Caleb Kolb (NEB) by dec. over Brice Wolf (UNI), 5-3 (NU 14, UNI 12)
184-#14Ryan Loder (UNI) by dec. over #12 Josh Ihnen (NEB), 5-0 (NU 14, UNI 15)
197-Andy Johnson (NEB) by maj. dec. over Jarion Beets (UNI), 12-0 (NU 18, UNI 15)
* UNI bench warning during 184 match.