Talented Field Awaits Huskers at Midlands Championships
2010 Midlands Championships
Site: Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Ill.
Dates: Dec. 29-30
TV Coverage: Championship matches will air*on tape delay by the Big Ten Network at 3 p.m. on Jan. 8.
Wednesday, Dec. 29
Session I: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Session II: 7 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 30
Session III: Noon-3:30 p.m.
Session IV (championship matches): 7:15 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Talented Field Awaits Huskers at Midlands Championships
The 13th-ranked Nebraska wrestling team returns from a two-week break when they travel to Evanston, Ill., to take part in the 48th annual Midlands Championships on the campus of Northwestern University. The Huskers trip to the Midlands Championships will mark their first trip to the tournament since the 2001-02 season.
Competition is set to begin on Wednesday, Dec. 30, with the opening rounds starting at 9:30 a.m. and running through 4 p.m. After a short break, the second session of matches will begin at 7 p.m. The tournaments' last two sessions will take place on Thursday, Dec. 30, with the third session starting at Noon, and the fourth session starting at 7:15 p.m. The fourth session will include each weight classes championship, third and fifth-place matches.
The Huskers sport a 6-2 record on the season, and are coming off a come-from-behind victory over the Oregon State Beavers on Dec. 11. Nebraska will send several wrestlers to the championships, including Mike Koehnlein (141), No. 2 Jordan Burroughs (165), Caleb Kolb (174) No. 10 Josh Ihnen (184), Andy Johnson (197) and No. 10 Tucker Lane (HWT). The tournament field includes 97 nationally ranked wresters, and nine wrestlers who are ranked at No. 1 or 2 at their respective weight classes. With such a talented group of competitors, there is a chance for several high profile match-ups, including a potential dual between No. 1 Andrew Howe (Wisconsin) and No. 2 Burroughs (Nebraska) at the 165-pound weight class.
Live radio coverage of the Midlands Championships will be provided at takedownradio.com. Championship matches will air on the Big Ten Network on tape delay on Jan. 8, at 3 p.m. It will re-air on Jan. 14 at 6 p.m.
Last Time Out: Ihnen, Huskers Rally Past Oregon State
The Huskers won three out of the last four matches against the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, Dec. 11 to complete a 17-16 come-from-behind victory at the NU Coliseum. The Huskers improved their record to 6-2 on the season, while Oregon State was dealt their first loss of the year to drop their record to 3-1-2.
The Huskers jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after Andy Johnson (197) and No. 7 Tucker Lane (HWT) won two close matches to start the dual. Trailing 3-2 entering the third period to Chad Hanke (OSU), Johnson used an escape and a takedown in the third period to go ahead 5-3 and complete the comeback, while Lane used an escape and gained the riding time advantage to put away No. 12 Clayton Jack (OSU), 2-0.
Oregon State battled back to take a 12-6 lead after winning the next four matches all by decision, before redshirt freshman Cody Compton (NU) got the Huskers back on track at 157-pounds. Compton defeated Alex Elder (OSU) by an 8-6 decision to close the Husker deficit to three at 12-9. Compton improved his dual record to 3-0 on the season.
Senior Jordan Burroughs then gave the Huskers the lead in the next match at 165-pounds after he defeated Jon Brascetta (OSU) by technical fall, 26-9 (5:17). The victory marked Burroughs second straight by technical fall and fifth of the season. The Sicklerville, N.J. native now owns a 13-0 record and an 8-0 mark in dual competition.
With the Huskers leading by two points, the Beavers were able to take the lead at the 174-pound match as No. 6 Colby Covington (OSU) defeated Caleb Kolb (NU) by major decision to give Oregon State a two-point advantage.
With Kolb's loss, the dual was left in the hands of sophomore Josh Ihnen (NU). The 8th-ranked wrestler at 184-pounds jumped to an early four-point lead over Brice Arand (NU) and never looked back, cruising to a 6-2 decision to give the Huskers their 17-16 victory.
Burroughs Named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week
Nebraska senior Jordan Burroughs was named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week on Monday, Dec. 13, for his performance during the second week of December. The honor marks the third time in Burroughs' career that he has been named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week, and the first time since the 2008-09 season. The last Husker wrestler to earn the conference honor was last season when Craig Brester was named Wrestler of the Week on Dec. 14.
Burroughs earned the honor after going 2-0 during the week with two technical fall victories to improve his season record to 13-0 and 8-0 in dual play. Burroughs defeated No. 6 Cody Yohn (Minnesota) by technical fall, 23-7 (5:54), in the Huskers' dual against Minnesota on Dec. 9, before defeating Jon Brascetta (Oregon State) by technical fall, 26-9 (5:17), on Dec. 11. In the Huskers' dual against Oregon State, NU trailed the Beavers 9-12 before Burroughs brought the Huskers back to give them a 14-12 lead with two matches remaining in the dual. Nebraska won the dual, 17-16.
On the season, Burroughs has recorded 54 takedowns through eight duals and has yet to give up a takedown. The Sicklerville, N.J., native has been dominant all season having won seven out of his last eight matches by fall or technical fall, while racking up a team-leading 41 team dual points.
Nebraska vs. Wisconsin Match to Air on Big Ten Network
Nebraska's wrestling match against current No. 4 Wisconsin on Friday, Jan. 21, will be available to watch on the Big Ten Network. The dual will kick off from Madison, Wis., at 7 p.m. The match will mark the first television appearance for the Huskers this season and will be a preview of what Husker fans can expect next year when NU moves to the Big Ten Conference.
The dual will feature two of the best wrestlers in the country as Jordan Burroughs and Andrew Howe will face off at the 165-pound match. Howe is currently the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the country at 165 and is the reigning national champion. Burroughs is ranked at 2nd-ranked wrestler at the 165-pound weight class and also holds a national championship after finishing first in 2009 at the 157 pound weight class. After missing last season with a knee injury, Burroughs moved up to the 165 pounds this season and looks to become the school's first two-time national champion.
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