Husker Wrestlers Take Third at National Duals

The 14th-ranked Nebraska wrestling team earned third place at the 2006 NWCA National Duals in Cedar Falls , Iowa , with a 3-1 weekend capped by a 21-10 win over
No. 7 Central Michigan.  Earlier Sunday in the semifinals, the Huskers lost to top-ranked Oklahoma State, 20-14.

Nebraska’s third-place finish marks the second time in school history in which the Huskers finished third at National Duals, as NU also finished third in 1995.  This year’s effort also marks the fourth time in program history that the Huskers finished in the top three at National Duals, including runner-up finishes in 1993 and 1996.

Against Central Michigan, Nebraska put the dual away early by winning seven of the first eight matches.  125-pound wrestler Paul Donahoe picked up his third win of the weekend with a 4-3 victory over Luke Smith.  Patrick Aleksanyan followed with another narrow victory, a 6-4 sudden-victory triumph over Jason Borrelli.  Dominick Moyer earned Nebraska’s third straight close victory with a 2-1 win over Eric Kruger at 141 pounds to give the Huskers a 9-0 lead after the first three matches.

NU continued their winning ways with four straight victories after a setback at 149 pounds.  Chris Oliver got NU back on the winning track with a 3-2 win over Zach Strunk at 157 pounds.  At 165 pounds, Marc Harwood defeated Justin Petrone, 5-1.  Jacob Klein earned his fourth win of the weekend with a 6-0 triumph over Brandon Sinnott.  At 184 pounds, Vince Jones followed with his fourth straight victory in his first weekend of dual wrestling with a 9-4 win over Christian Sinnott.  With the outcome of the dual decided, Central Michigan earned wins at 197 pounds and at heavyweight.

Earlier in the day, Nebraska fell to top-ranked Oklahoma State, 20-14, as a late Husker rally fell just short.  The Cowboys earned wins in five of the six five matches, with only Moyer earning a win for the Huskers with a 12-4 major decision victory over Daniel Frishkorn.  But through six matches, NU faced a 16-4 deficit.

Nebraska stormed back into the dual with three straight wins.  Klein defeated Brandon Mason, 3-0, and Jones followed with a 15-4 major decision win over Brent Parkey at 184 pounds.  At 197 pounds, Padden defeated second-ranked Jake Rosholt, 5-3, to pull the Huskers within two points entering the heavyweight match.  Top-ranked heavyweight Steve Mocco earned a major decision victory over Nebraska's Jon May to clinch the dual for OSU.

Sunday's win over No. 7 Central Michigan marked the Huskers third of the weekend over a team ranked in the nation's top seven. On Saturday, Nebraska upended No. 6 Iowa, 24.-13 and No. 5 Michigan, 24-16, to reach the semifinals. Nebraska (9-3) will wrap-up non-conference competition with a dual against American at 7 p.m. at the NU Coliseum in Lincoln, Neb.

SEMIFINAL-Oklahoma State 20, Nebraska 14
125-Coleman Scott (Ok St) by dec. over Paul Donahoe (Neb), 4-1
133-Nathan Morgan (Ok St) by dec. over Patrick Aleksanyan (Neb), 10-4
141-Dominick Moyer (Neb) by major dec. over Daniel Frishkorn (Ok St), 12-4
149-Zack Esposito (Ok St) by major dec. over Ryan Davis (Neb), 19-9
157-Kevin Ward (Ok St) by dec. over Chris Oliver (Neb), 8-2
165-Johny Hendricks (Ok St) by dec. over Marc Harwood (Neb), 6-2
174-Jacob Klein (Neb) by dec. over Brandon Mason (Ok St), 3-0
184-Vince Jones (Neb) by major dec. over Brent Parkey (Ok St), 15-4
197-BJ Padden (Neb) by dec. over Jake Rosholt (Ok St), 5-3
285-Steve Mocco (Ok St) by major dec. over Jon May (Neb), 12-0

THIRD PLACE MATCH-Nebraska 21, Central Michigan 10
125-Paul Donahoe (Neb) by dec. over Luke Smith (C Mich), 4-3
133-Patrick Aleksanyan (Neb) by dec. over Jason Borrelli (C Mich), 6-4 (SV1)
141-Dominick Moyer (Neb) by dec. over Eric Kruger (C Mich), 2-1
149-Mark Disalvo (C Mich) by dec. over Ryan Davis (Neb), 5-0
157-Chris Oliver (Neb) by dec. over Zach Strunk (C Mich), 3-2
165-Marc Harwood (Neb) by dec. over Justin Petrone (C Mich), 5-1
174-Jacob Klein (Neb) by dec. over Brandon Sinnott (C Mich), 6-0
184-Vince Jones (Neb) by dec. over Christian Sinnott (C Mich), 9-4
197-Wynn Michalak (C Mich) by major dec. BJ Padden (Neb), 15-3
285-Bubba Gritter (C Mich) by dec. over Jon May ( Neb ), 7-1