Huskers Take Down Quakers, 30-9
Lincoln, Neb. – The No. 8 Nebraska wrestling team completed a weekend sweep at the Devaney Center after notching a 30-9 victory over Penn in front of 2,746 fans on Saturday night during the “Tumble and Rumble” event.
Ranked grapplers Jake Sueflohn (No. 6 at 149) and Robert Kokesh (No. 4 at 174) led seven Huskers who posted victories against the Quakers during the dual, which occurred simultaneously with the women’s gymnastics meet against Northern Illinois.
Sueflohn pinned Andrew Lenzi in 4:53 in the sixth match of the dual to earn his third fall of the season. Kokesh picked up his eighth fall of the season, pinning Zach Agostino in 4:50 in the ninth match of the night.
Prior to Sueflohn’s win, NU held a 10-6 advantage over Penn at the halfway point of the dual, winning three matches and falling in two. Collin Jensen (HWT), No. 9 Tim Lambert (125) and Shawn Nagel (133) strung together three consecutive Husker victories during that stretch.
Jensen won a 9-3 decision over Steven Graziano after Spencer Johnson dropped a 7-2 decision at 197 pounds in the opening bout. Lambert continued the momentum with a 15-3 triumph over Jeremy Schwartz before Nagel, making his first dual start of the season, notched a 6-3 decision over Ken Bade.
At 157 pounds, junior James Green improved to 21-0 on the season with a 19-4 technical fall over Ray Bethea. Green, a two-time All-American, earned his third technical fall of the 2013-14 campaign.
No. 14 Austin Wilson fell by a 3-2 decision to Casey Kent at 165 pounds before Kokesh and 184-pounder TJ Dudley capped the Husker victory.
Dudley, the No. 15 wrestler in InterMat’s poll, trailed No. 12 Lorenzo Thomas, 4-2, after two periods before giving up a two-point near fall in the third period. Trailing 6-2, Dudley managed a reversal and two near falls of his own before tacking on a riding time point for a 9-6 win.
Nebraska improves to 8-0 on the season and earns its fourth 30-point performance of the 2013-14 campaign.
The Huskers return to the Devaney Center next weekend to host No. 3 Iowa on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The dual is set to air live on Big Ten Network. For ticket information, visit Huskers.com or call 1-800-8-BIGRED.
No. 8 Nebraska 30, Penn 9
Bob Devaney Sports Center, Lincoln, Neb.
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
197: Frank Mattiace (PENN) by dec. over Spencer Johnson (NEB), 7-2 (PENN 3, NEB 0)
HWT: Collin Jensen (NEB) by dec. over Steven Graziano (PENN), 9-3 (NEB 3, PENN 3)
125: #9 Tim Lambert (NEB) by major dec. over Jeremy Schwartz (PENN), 15-3 (NEB 7, PENN 3)
133: Shawn Nagel (NEB) by dec. over Ken Bade (PENN), 6-3 (NEB 10, PENN 3)
141: Jeff Canfora (PENN) by dec. over Colton McCrystal (NEB), 5-2 (NEB 10, PENN 6)
149: #6 Jake Sueflohn (NEB) by pin over Andrew Lenzi (PENN), 4:53 (NEB 16, PENN 6)
157: #3 James Green (NEB) by tech. fall over Ray Bethea (PENN), 19-4 (NEB 21, PENN 6)
165: Casey Kent (PENN) by dec. over #14 Austin Wilson (NEB), 3-2 (NEB 21, PENN 9)
174: #4 Robert Kokesh (NEB) by pin over Zach Agostino (PENN), 4:50 (NEB 27, PENN 9)
184: #15 TJ Dudley (NEB) by dec. over #12 Lorenzo Thomas (PENN), 9-6 (NEB 30, PENN 9)