Craig Brester has 25 wins this season. The last 2 have been the biggest. The junior 197-pounder notched dual-deciding victories against Missouri and Oklahoma, to keep NU's unbeaten streak in tact.
"It makes it exciting I guess," Brester said. "We know what we have to do. We know what we have to get done, so I don't know if you doubt yourself until you get mathematically out of it." Brester's dramatic victories both came in the final bouts of the dual. In fact, 9 times Nebraska's outcome has been determined in the last bout. NU is 7-1-1 in duals decided in the last match. It was by chance that Brester the dual-deciding assignment.
"I would never count Craig out," head coach Mark Manning said. "He's got a spirit about himself and he's got a competitive edge."
Brester is ranked #2 nationally in his weight class with a 25-2 record. He said his two losses are a blessing in disguise and prevent him from getting "sloppy" late in the season. The Howells native feels he has momentum with the post-season nearing.
"I want to win my Big 12 title and a national championship," Brester said.
Manning feels his junior standout is a championship-caliber wrestler. "He's just a tough kid and he really wants it. We're excited about having him go and prove that."