Lincoln, Neb.-The No. 14 Nebraska wrestling team dropped their conference home opener on Sunday, falling to the No. 5 Oklahoma State Cowboys, 22-10. Wrestling in front of 827 people at the NU Coliseum, the Huskers saw their record drop to 12-5 on the season, with a 1-2 mark in Big 12 duals. Oklahoma State improved to 12-2-1 and is 5-1 against Big 12 opponents.

The dual started with Nebraska senior Mike Koehnlein (NU) upsetting No. 17 Josh Kindig (OSU) at 141-pounds by decision, 10-4.Trailing 2-1 entering the second period, Koehnlein used two takedowns and an escape to take the lead at 7-4. Koehnlein then scored a two-point near fall in the final seconds of the match to extend his lead to 10-4 with the riding time advantage. Koehnlein's victory marked the second nationally-ranked opponent he has defeated this season.

Oklahoma State responded with two victories of their own at 149 and 157-pounds to regain the lead at 6-3. Ross Grande (NU) battled No. 10 Jamal Parks (OSU) for the entire match, but fell to the nationally-ranked wrestler by a 2-0 count. At 157, No. 16 Neil Erisman (OSU) defeated Tyler Koehn (NU) by decision, 7-1.

No. 1 Jordan Burroughs (NU) picked up his 27th straight victory of the season by defeating No. 12 Dallas Bailey (OSU) by major decision at 165-pounds, 21-9. Burroughs' victory gave him his sixth win over a ranked opponent and his 15th bonus point victory in dual matches.

The Huskers were not able to keep the momentum after Burroughs' victory, dropping three straight matches to nationally-ranked opponents. No. 17 Mike Benefiel (OSU) defeated Caleb Kolb (NU) by decision, 11-5, at 174-pounds, while No. 11 Chris Perry (OSU) edged No. 10 Josh Ihnen (NU) at 184, 3-2. With Perry leading 2-1 heading into the third period, Ihnen was able to get an escape in the third to tie the match at 2-2, but wasn't able to get the takedown he needed as Perry held the riding time advantage (1:34), which ended up being the deciding point.

At 197-pounds, No. 14 Andy Johnson saw his six-match winning snapped when he fell to No. 3 Clayton Foster (OSU), 4-0. In the first period, Johnson was on the attack and nearly caught Foster on his back, but the senior couldn't capitalize on numerous shot attempts which saw him get to Foster's legs. Foster used an escape and a takedown in the second period to take control of the match between the two ranked wrestlers.

The Huskers got their final victory of the dual from junior Tucker Lane (NU) at the heavyweight class. Lane earned an escape in the third period and owned the riding-time advantage (1:56) in route to his 2-0 decision over Blake Rosholt (OSU).

NU dropped the final two matches of the dual to a pair of top 10 opponents. At 125-pounds, David Klingsheim (NU) fell to No. 8 Jon Morrison (OSU), 4-2, while No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) remained perfect on the season with his victory over Ridge Kiley (NU) at 133-pounds.

The Huskers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 12, when they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels at Noon. The Huskers dual that was scheduled against Duke on Feb. 12 has been cancelled.*

Oklahoma State 22, Nebraska 10
NU Coliseum, Lincoln, Neb.
Feb. 6, 2011
Attendance: 827

Official Results
141- Mike Koehnlein (NU) by dec. over #17 Josh Kindig (OSU), 10-4 (NU 3, OSU 0)
149- #10 Jamal Parks (OSU) by dec. over Ross Grande (NU), 2-0 (NU 3, OSU 3)
157- #16 Neil Erisman (OSU) by dec. over Tyler Koehn (NU), 7-1 (NU 3, OSU 6)
165- #1 Jordan Burroughs (NU) by major dec. over #12 Dallas Bailey (OSU), 21-9 (NU 7, OSU 6)
174- #17 Mike Benefiel (OSU) by dec. over Caleb Kolb (NU), 11-5 (NU 7, OSU 9)
184- #11 Chris Perry (OSU) by dec. over #10 Josh Ihnen (NU), 3-2 (NU 7, OSU 12)
197- #3 Clayton Foster (OSU) by dec. over #14 Andy Johnson (NU), 4-0 (NU 7, OSU 15)
HWT- #12 Tucker Lane (NU) by dec. over Blake Rosholt (OSU) , 2-0 (NU 10, OSU 15)
125- #8 Jon Morrison (OSU) by dec. over Dave Klingsheim (NU), 4-2 (NU 10, OSU 18)
133- #1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) by major dec. over Ridge Kiley (NU), 14-3 (NU 10, OSU 22)
-Started at 141 pounds




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