Ames, Iowa---Senior Jordan Burroughs (165) became the second Husker off all-time to win three Big 12 Championships, while David Klingsheim (125) made an unprecedented run to a Big 12 title at 125 pounds to lead the Nebraska wrestling team at the 2011 Big 12 Championship in Ames, Iowa. Along with Burroughs and Klingsheim, sophomore Josh Ihnen finished runner-up at 184 pounds to help the Huskers to 46.5 team points and a fourth-place finish.

Oklahoma State took the overall team title with 77 points, followed by Missouri (60 pts), Oklahoma (59.5pts. ) and Iowa State (21 pts.).

Burroughs continued his storied career against the No. 2-seed Tyler Caldwell from Oklahoma in the finals. Caldwell and Burroughs met earlier this season, with Burroughs winning in a tight 7-3 battle. Saturday's match would bring much of the same as Burroughs defeated the No. 3 ranked 165-pounder in the country, 2-1.

With the score tied at 0-0, Caldwell scored an escape just over ten seconds into the second period to take a 1-0 lead. That score held true until 1:05 remaining, when Burroughs was able to get a reversal on the edge of the mat to take a 2-1 lead. The Sicklerville, N.J. native was able to maintain the top position for the remainder of the match and hold on for the one-point decision.

Burroughs will enter the NCAA Championships later this month with a perfect 31-0 record and seven victories over opponents ranked inside the top 25 nationally. The decorated wrestler will look to become the first two-time national champion in school history after winning the title in 2009 at 157-pounds.

It was a magical day for Klingsheim, who became the first 125-pound Husker to win a Big 12 Championship since Paul Donahoe won the title in 2008, and is only the second No. 4 seed ever to win a title in any weight class at the Big 12 Championships. The Brentwood, Calif., native defeated two top 10 opponents on the day, including No. 7 Jon Morrison in the semifinals and No. 8 Jarrod Patterson in the finals. Klingsheim now owns an 11-9 record heading into the NCAA Championships later this month.

After a scoreless first period, Klingsheim was able to sustain the top position for the entire second period to accumulate two minutes in riding time. In the third period, it looked like Patterson was going to do the same while on top, but Klingsheim was able to get to his feet and earn a penalty point with just 20 seconds left in the match. Klingsheim then scored an escape with 16 seconds remaining and was able to hold off a late charge from Patterson for the title.

Ihnen improved from his third-place finish at last year's Big 12 Championships to collect the runner-up spot at 184-pounds. With each wrestler earning an escape in the second and third periods, Ihnen and Perry went to the sudden-victory period tied at one. After a minute of no scoring, Perry was able to get a reversal on Ihnen in the first tiebreaker, which ended up being the deciding points in the match. Ihnen will take a 25-8 overall record with him to the NCAA tournament.

The Huskers automatically qualified seven wrestlers for the NCAA Championships later this month in Philadelphia, Pa. Along with the three wrestlers that participated in the finals, Ridge Kiley (133), Mike Koehnlein (141) and Andy Johnson (197)*finished in*fourth place, while Tucker Lane (HWT) took third-place at the Big 12 tournament, which qualified them for the national tournament.

The Huskers will return to action for the 2011 NCAA Championships on Thursday, March 17, in Philadelphia, Pa.* Check back to Huskers.com for more information over the next two weeks.


Team Score:
Oklahoma State- 77
Missouri- 60
Oklahoma- 59.5
Nebraska- 46.5
Iowa State-31

Nebraska ResultsFirst Session125 PoundsFirst Round: No. 4 David Klingsheim (NU) wins by decision over No. 5 Brandon Jones (ISU), 7-6
Semifinals: No. 4 David Klingsheim (NU) wins by decision over No. 1 Jon Morrison (OSU), 6-4 (SV)
Finals: No. 4 David Klingsheim (NU) win by decision over No. 2 Jarrod Patterson (OU), 2-0

133 PoundsSemifinals: No. 2 Jordan Keller (OU) by dec. over No. 3 Ridge Kiley (NU), 2-1
Consolation: No. 4 Nathan McCormick (MU) wins by decision over No. 3 Ridge Kiley (NU), 3-2
Challenge Match: No. 3 Ridge Kiley (NU) wins by major decision over No. 5 Ben Cash, 9-0

141 PoundsFirst Round: No. 5 Josh Kindig (OSU) wins by fall over No. 4 Mike Koehnlein (NU), 2:13
Consolation: No. 4 Mike Koehnlein (NU) wins by decision over No. 3 Chris Drouin (ISU), 5-4
Third Place: No. 5 Josh Kindig (OSU) wins by decision over No. 4 Mike Koehnlein (NU), 9-4

149 PoundsFirst Round: No. 4 Max Mayfield (ISU) wins by decision over No. 5 Ross Grande (NU), 2-1 (TB)
Consolation: No. 2 Matt Lester (OU) wins by decision over No. 5 Ross Grande (NU), 1-0

157 PoundsFirst Round: No. 4 Trent Weatherman (ISU) wins by decision over No. 5 Tyler Koehn (NU), 3-2
Consolation: No. 2 Chase Nelson (OU) wins by decision over No. 5 Tyler Koehn (NU), 4-1

165 Pounds
Semifinals: No. 1 Jordan Burroughs (NU) by major dec. over No. 4 Chris Spangler (ISU), 16-8
Finals: No. 1 Jordan Burroughs (NU) by decision over No. 2 Tyler Caldwell (OU), 2-1

174 PoundsFirst Round: No. 5 Jeff James (OU) wins by decision over No. 4 Caleb Kolb (NU), 2-1
Consolation: No. 3 Dorian Henderson (MU) wins by decision over No. 4 Caleb Kolb (NU), 6-2

184 PoundsSemifinals: No. 2 Josh Ihnen (NU) wins by decision over No. 3 Erich Schmidke (OU), 5-1
Finals: No.1 Chris Perry (OSU) wins by decision over No. 2 Josh Ihnen (NU), 3-1 (TB)

197 PoundsSemifinals: No. 3 Jerome Ward (ISU) wins by decision over No. 2 Andy Johnson (NU), 3-1
Consolation: No. 2 Andy Johnson (NU) wins by fall over No. 5 Keldrick Hall (OU), 3:15
Third Place: No. 3 Brent Haynes (MU) wins by decision over No. 2 Andy Johnson (NU), 3-2 (TB)

Heavyweight
Semifinals: No. 3 Nathan Fernandez (OU) win by fall over No. 2 Tucker Lane (NU), 3:56
Consolation: No. 2 Tucker Lane (NU) wins by decision over No. 4 Blake Rosholt (OSU), 7-2
Third Place: No. 2 Tucker Lane (NU) wins by medical forfeit over No. 5 Kyle Simonson (ISU)




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