Huskers Rally to Defeat Utah Valley, Await Stanford and Brown
Grand Prairie, Texas--- The No. 16 Nebraska wrestling team won the last six matches and rallied back from a 12-0 deficit to defeat the Utah Valley Wolverines, 22-12, in their first match of the Lone Star Duals Saturday morning. The Huskers improved their record to 7-2, while Utah Valley dropped to 1-1. *The Huskers will meet Stanford tonight at 4 p.m., before taking on Brown at 6 p.m.Utah Valley jumped out to 12-0 lead in the dual as the Wolverines took the first four matches by decision. Getting his first start since the South Dakota State match on Nov. 27, Shawn Nagel (125) fell to No. 14 Ben Kjar (UVU) in the dual's opening match, and was followed by Ridge Kiley (133) who was defeated by No. 14 Flint Ray (UVU) in a tight 2-0 decision. The last two victories for UVU came from Justin Morrill (UVU) who defeated Mike Koehnlein (NU) at 141-pounds, and Josh Wilson (UVU) who took down Ross Grande (NU) at 149-pounds.
Nebraska got its first team points from Tyler Koehn (NU) after he defeated Richard Winger (UVU) by decision, 3-0, at 157-pounds. Koehn got his first dual start since Dec. 4 when the Huskers took on Wyoming, while improving his season record to 8-7. *Koehn was followed by senior Jordan Burroughs (NU) who took down Jeb Clark (UVU) by major decision to pull the Huskers within five points of the Wolverines at 12-7.
Burroughs' victory marked his 16th bonus-point victory of the season and improved his record to a perfect 19-0 on the year.
The Huskers pulled within two points of the Wolverines when Caleb Kolb (NU) used a takedown with eight seconds remaining in the third period to defeat Brad Darrington (UVU) at 174-pounds, 4-2. Nebraska took the lead in the dual when No. 11 Josh Ihnen (NU) defeated Casen Eldredge (UVU) by decision to give NU a 13-12 lead.
In the last two matches, Andy Johnson (NU) and Tucker Lane (NU) were dominant as they extended the Huskers lead to 22-12. Johnson won his sixth dual match of the season by defeating Trevor Rupp (UVU), 7-2, while Lane collected his fourth pin of the season over Christian Denny (UVU) in 2:38.
The Huskers will continue competition at the Lone Star duals later this afternoon when they take on Stanford at 4 p.m. and Brown at 6 p.m. Check back to Huskers.com for results from tonight's matches.
NU 22, UVU 12
Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011
Grand Prairie South High School
125-#14 Ben Kjar (UVU) by dec. over Shawn Nagel (NU), 6-1 (NU 0, UVU 3)
133- #14 Flint Ray (UVU) by dec. over Ridge Kiley (NU), 2-0 (NU 0, UVU 6)
141- Justin Morrill (NU) by dec. over Mike Koehnlein (NU), 6-3 (NU 0, UVU 9)
149- Josh Wilson (UVU) by dec. over Ross Grande (NU), 4-1 (NU 0, UVU 12)
157-Tyler Koehn (NU) by dec. over Richard Winger (UVU), 3-0 (NU 3, UVU 12)
165-#1 Jordan Burroughs (NU) by major dec. over Jeb Clark (UVU), 21-8 (NU 7, UVU 12)
174- Caleb Kolb (NU) by dec. over Brad Darrington (UVU), 4-2 (NU 10, UVU 12)
184- #11 Josh Ihnen (NU) by dec. over *Casen Eldredge (UVU), 6-1 (NU 13, UVU 12)
197- Andy Johnson (NU) by dec. over Trevor Rupp* (UVU), 7-2 (NU 16, UVU 12)\
HWT- #11 Tucker Lane (NU) by fall over Christian Denny (UVU), 2:38 (NU 22, UVU 12)
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