Huskers Improve to 4-0 at Wrestle for a Cure Duals

Head coach Mark Manning recorded his 150th victory at Nebraska and the Husker wrestling team improved to 4-0 on the year after sweeping a trio of duals at the Wrestle for a Cure Duals in Harrisburg, Pa. The Huskers began the day with an upset over No. 24 Kent State and followed with victories over North Carolina and Navy.

Manning picked up win No. 150 when the Huskers upset Kent State in their first dual and becomes only the second coach in school history to reach the 150 win mark.

The Huskers rallied back to defeat the Tar Heels in the second dual of the day after falling behind by seven points after five matches. No. 10 Robert Kokesh (165) kicked off the rally with his victory over Kyle Kiss (UNC) at 165 pounds. Tyler Koehn (174) couldn't keep the Huskers' momentum after dropping a tight decision to Thomas Ferguson (UNC), 3-1.

After the loss at 174, NU won the last three matches to complete the rally. No. 10 Josh Ihnen beat Alex Utley (UNC) by major decision, 11-1, while James Nakashima (197) defeated Nick Tempenny in overtime, 3-1, to tie the match. Senior Tucker Lane put the final stamp on the NU victory by beating Frank Abbondanza (UNC), 10-0, to give the Huskers a 20-16 win.

The Huskers also recorded wins from Shawn Nagel (125) and No. 17 Ridge Kiley (133). Nagel defeated Brain Bokoski (UNC) by decision, 10-4, and Kiley took down Brock LiVorio (UNC), 6-3.

In their final dual, Nebraska pulled away from the Midshipmen after four straight victories from freshman in the middle of the lineup. Nagel put the Huskers up 3-0 after his win over Patrick Prada (Navy), 5-4, at 125, but Navy was able to tie the score at 133 pounds when No. 20 Aaron Kalil defeated Kiley in a one-point decision.

True freshman Jake Sueflohn began the Huskers' streak with his major decision victory over Quentin Leadbeter at 141 pounds, while redshirt freshman Brandon Wilbourn (149) was victorious in his match against Joe Locksmith (Navy), 12-5. James Green and Kokesh both won at 157 and 165 pounds, respectively, to pull the Huskers ahead, 17-3.

Ihnen, Nakashima and Lane all won their final matches of the day to finish off the Midshipmen. Ihnen defeated No. 11 Luke Rebertus (Navy) by decision, 6-1, while Nakashima took down Paul Rands by major decision, 13-4. Lane defeated Daniel Miller (Navy) by decision, 6-3.

Individual results from the Huskers' 19-17 win against No. 24 Kent State will be posted shortly.

The Huskers return to action on Dec. 2-3 when they travel to the Las Vegas Invitational. Check back to Huskers.com for more coverage of the Nebraska wrestling team.

NU 19, No. 24 Kent State 17
Wrestle for a Cure Duals, Harrisburg, Pa.

Individual Results will be posted shortly…

NU 20, UNC 16
Wrestle for a Cure Duals, Harrisburg, Pa.

125 – Shawn Nagel (NU) by dec. over Brian Bokoski (UNC), 10-4 (NU 3, UNC 0)
133 – #17 Ridge Kiley (NU) by dec. over Brock LiVorio (UNC), 6-3 (NU 6, UNC 0)
141 – #18 Evan Henderson (UNC) by pin over Jake Sueflohn (NU), 3:42 (NU 6, UNC 6)
149 – Jon Burns (UNC) by dec. over John Svoboda (NU), 9-4 (NU 6, UNC 9)
157 – #18 Corey Mock (UNC) by major dec. over Ross Grande (NU), 8-0 (NU 6, UNC 13)
165 – #10 Robert Kokesh (NU) by dec. over Kyle Kiss (UNC), 8-2 (NU 9, UNC 13)
174 – Thomas Ferguson (UNC) by dec. over Tyler Koehn (NU), 3-1 (NU 9, UNC, 16)
184 – #10 Josh Ihnen (NU) by major dec. over Alex Utley (UNC), 11-1 (NU 13, UNC 16)
197 – James Nakashima (NU) in sudden-victory over Nick Tenpenny (UNC), 3-1 (NU 16, UNC 16)
HWT – #8 Tucker Lane (NU) by major dec. over Frank Abbondanza (UNC), 10-0 (NU 20, UNC 16)

NU 27, Navy 6
Wrestle for a Cure Duals, Harrisburg, Pa.

125 – Shawn Nagel (NU) by dec. over Patrick Prada (Navy), 5-4; (NU 3, Navy 0)
133 – #20 Aaron Kalil (Navy) by dec. over #17 Ridge Kiley (NU), 5-4 (NU 3, Navy 3)
141 – Jake Sueflohn (NU) by major dec. over Quentin Leadbeter (Navy), 11-2 (NU 7, Navy 3)
149 – Brandon Wilbourn (NU) by dec. over Joe Locksmith (Navy), 12-5 (NU 10, Navy 3)
157 – James Green (NU) by dec. over Bobby Barnhisel (Navy), 13-7 (NU 13, Navy 3)
165 – #10 Robert Kokesh (NU) by major dec. over Mason Bailey (Navy), 13-1 (NU 17, Navy 3)
174 – #19 Oscar Huntley (Navy) by dec. over Tyler Koehn (NU), 5-3; (NU 17, Navy 6)
184 – #10 Josh Ihnen (NU) by dec. over #11 Luke Rebertus (Navy), 6-1 (NU 20, Navy 6)
197 – James Nakashima (NU) by major dec. over Paul Rands (Navy), 13-4 (NU 24, Navy 6)
285 – #8 Tucker Lane (NU) by dec. over Daniel Miller (Navy), 6-3 (NU 27, Navy 6)