Six Huskers Qualify for NCAA Championships
wrestlers qualified for the 2013 NCAA Championships after the brackets were
announced on Wednesday.
All-American James Green will be making his second NCAA appearance at 157
pounds after a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday. The
sophomore is the No. 4 seed and will face Missouri's Kyle Bradley in the first
round. Green is 20-4 this season and compiled an 11-2 dual record.
Kokesh (174) also earned a No. 4 seed and will wrestle Penn's Ian Korb in the
first round. Kokesh, a sophomore, qualified for the 2012 NCAA Championships at
165 pounds and went 2-2. He leads the Huskers in several categories, including
victories (33), dual wins (15), pins (8) and major decisions (9). Kokesh
finished third at the Big Ten Championships.
Ihnen will be making his fourth NCAA appearance after finishing eighth at 184
pounds last season. He is the No. 8 seed after a fourth-place finish at the Big
Ten Championships and is set to grapple NDSU's MacKain Stoll in the first
round. Ihnen is 24-6 and leads the team in technical falls with six in 2012-13.
Jake Sueflohn will be the No. 9 seed at 149 pounds after a 22-5 season. Sueflohn
earned runner-up honors at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday and will face
Pittsburgh's Ronnie Garbinsky in the first round of the NCAA Championships. Sueflohn
is making his second NCAA appearance after going 1-2 last season at 141 pounds.
earned at-large berths to the NCAA Championships: Ridge Kiley (141) and Caleb
Kolb (197). Kiley, a senior, will make his third consecutive NCAA appearance,
facing No. 10-seed Charles Cobb of Penn in the first round. Kolb, a junior, will
wrestle No. 4-seed Alfonso Hernandez of Wyoming in the opening round.
at the NCAA Championships, Nebraska tied for 21st with 28 points. Eight
Huskers qualified for the tournament as Ihnen and Green earned All-America
NCAA Championships will take place March 21-23 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des
Husker Wrestling NCAA Qualifiers
141: Ridge Kiley (at-large)
149: #9 Jake Sueflohn (2nd*at Big Ten)
157: #4 James Green (2nd*at Big Ten)
174: #4 Robert Kokesh (3rd*at Big Ten)
184: #8 Josh Ihnen (4th*at Big Ten)
197: Caleb Kolb (at-large)
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