Wrestling Coach Manning Makes History

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Story Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics

Nebraska Head Coach Mark Manning became the winningest coach in school history as the 10th-ranked Huskers (14-1, 8-1 Big Ten) finished their dual season with dominating wins over Drexel and Princeton on Saturday.

Manning’s 200th victory at Nebraska came in the Huskers’ 41-3 triumph over the Dragons at the Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia, Pa. He passed Tim Neumann, who won 199 duals at Nebraska from 1985 to 2000, for first on the school’s all-time list.

No. 11 Tim Lambert (125) opened with a technical fall before Eric Montoya notched a 3-1 decision over 15th-ranked Kevin Devoy at 133 pounds. The win marked Montoya’s third against a ranked opponent since Jan. 25. Eighth-ranked Anthony Abidin added bonus points with his pin against Andrew Mauriello in 2:20.

Following Justin Arthur’s narrow loss at 149 pounds, Nebraska dominated the rest of the way against Drexel. Third-ranked James Green (157) earned a technical fall before Austin Wilson (165) and No. 1 Robert Kokesh (174) each pinned their respective opponents. Ranked Huskers TJ Dudley (15th at 184), Aaron Studebaker (13th at 197) and Collin Jensen (17th at heavyweight) closed out the dual with wins.

NU finished the day and its dual season with a 38-6 win over the Tigers at Dillon Gymnasium in Princeton, N.J. With the victory, the 2014-15 Huskers tied the school record for fewest dual losses in a season (10-match minimum) with one. The 1952-53 team went 9-1 under Head Coach Al Partin.

Lambert opened the dual with his second technical fall of the day before the next four Huskers also tacked on bonus points. Montoya (133) won by fall and Abidin (141) notched a 10-0 major decision over Jordan Laster. With his win, Abidin earned his 14th consecutive victory and finished the dual season with a perfect 15-0 record. He holds a perfect 20-0 dual record for his career at Nebraska.

Arthur pinned Chris Perez before Green won a major decision over Rich Eva. Green’s win marked his fourth consecutive by bonus points and eighth straight overall. Kokesh won by technical fall to improve to 30-0 on the season. He finishes the dual season with a perfect 14-0 record and has won 30 consecutive dual matches overall dating back to the 2012-13 season.

Dudley picked up his 10th consecutive win since the Southern Scuffle with a 9-5 decision over Brett Harner. Jensen finished the dual with a 15-0 technical fall over Ray O’Donnell. Both of Nebraska’s losses against Princeton came by decision against ranked opponents as Wilson fell to No. 20 Jonathan Schleifer, 8-2, and Studebaker lost to 12th-ranked Abram Ayala, 3-2.

The Huskers return to action March 7-8 at the Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio. The entire first day of the tournament as well as Session III will be streamed on BTN Plus. The final session will be broadcasted live on the Big Ten Network.

No. 10 Nebraska 41, Drexel 3
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
Daskalakis Athletic Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

125: #11 Tim Lambert (NEB) by tech. fall over Tanner Shoap (DREX), 16-1 (NEB 5, DREX 0)
133: Eric Montoya (NEB) by dec. over #15 Kevin Devoy (DREX), 3-1 (NEB 8, DREX 0)
141: #8 Anthony Abidin (NEB) by pin over Andrew Mauriello (DREX), 2:20 (NEB 14, DREX 0)
149: Matthew Cimato (DREX) by dec. over #20 Justin Arthur (NEB), 6-4 (NEB 14, DREX 3)
157: #3 James Green (NEB) by tech. fall over Ryan O’Connor (DREX), 19-2 (NEB 19, DREX 3)
165: Austin Wilson (NEB) by pin over Nicholas Elmer (DREX), 1:36 (NEB 25, DREX 3)
174: #1 Robert Kokesh (NEB) by pin over Stephen Loiseau (DREX), 4:09 (NEB 31, DREX 3)
184: #15 TJ Dudley (NEB) by dec. over Alexander DeCiantis (DREX), 4-2 (NEB 34, DREX 3)
197: #13 Aaron Studebaker (NEB) by sudden victory-1 over Brandon Litten (DREX), 3-1 (NEB 37, DREX 3)
HWT: #17 Collin Jensen (NEB) by major dec. over Joseph Goodhart (DREX), 10-2 (NEB 41, DREX 3)

No. 10 Nebraska 38, Princeton 6
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
Dillon Gymnasium, Princeton, N.J.

125: #11 Tim Lambert (NEB) by tech. fall over Ryan Cash (PRIN), 18-1 (NEB 5, PRIN 0)
133: Eric Montoya (NEB) by pin over Trey Aslanian (PRIN), 2:39 (NEB 11, PRIN 0)
141: #8 Anthony Abidin (NEB) by major dec. over Jordan Laster (PRIN), 10-0 (NEB 15, PRIN 0)
149: #20 Justin Arthur (NEB) by pin over Chris Perez (PRIN), 6:15 (NEB 21, PRIN 0)
157: #3 James Green (NEB) by major dec. over Rich Eva (PRIN), 17-6 (NEB 25, PRIN 0)
165: #20 Jonathan Schleifer (PRIN) by dec. over Austin Wilson (NEB), 8-2 (NEB 25, PRIN 3)
174: #1 Robert Kokesh (NEB) by tech. fall over Judd Ziegler (PRIN), 20-5 (NEB 30, PRIN 3)
184: #15 TJ Dudley (NEB) by dec. over Brett Harner (PRIN), 9-5 (NEB 33, PRIN 3)
197: #12 Abram Ayala (PRIN) by dec. over #13 Aaron Studebaker (NEB), 3-2 (NEB 33, PRIN 6)
HWT: #17 Collin Jensen (NEB) by tech. fall over Ray O’Donnell (PRIN), 15-0 (NEB 38, PRIN 6)