Lincoln – Nebraska posted a nearly perfect 6-2 record during Friday morning’s Session III to advance four Huskers into the semifinals at the 2009 NCAA Championships in St. Louis. Two NU wrestlers dropped out of the consolation bracket, as Nebraska sits third in the team race with 54 points. Ohio State leads the 76-team field with 61.5 points, while Iowa State is second with 57.5.
NU’s Jordan Burroughs, Brandon Browne, Vince Jones and Craig Brester assured the Huskers four All-Americans with their quarterfinal wins, as three of the four advanced without earning a takedown in their bouts. All four are guaranteed at least a sixth-place finish.
Wrestling at 184 pounds, Jones exacted a measure of redemption with his 2-1 upset of fourth-seeded Kirk Smith of Boise State. Jones missed All-America status last year by one second, losing to Oklahoma State’s Jack Jensen by the Cowboy’s one minute of riding time. Jones was on the winning end of the riding time this year, as he exchanged escapes with Smith but racked up 1:01 of riding time to earn the victory. Jones squares off with top-seeded Jake Herbert of Northwestern in tonight’s semifinals.
Jordan Burroughs was once again impressive at 157 pounds, as he earned his third major decision of the year against Iowa State’s Cyler Sanderson, 14-6. Burroughs posted three takedowns in the final period to pull away, and will face fourth-seeded Gregor Gillespie as the top four seeds in the weight class advanced to the semifinals.
Browne and Brester also claimed victories despite not taking down their opponent. Browne was scoreless in the second period against Penn State’s Quentin Wright at 174 pounds, before scoring a reversal with 45 seconds left. Wright chose down in the final period and Browne earned a two-point nearfall to post the 4-1 decision. Browne will wrestle Central Michigan’s Mike Miller next.
Brester wrestled to a 2-0 decision over George Mason’s Cayle Byers at 197 pounds by riding out Byers in the second period and escaping two seconds into the third. He squares off with fourth-seeded Tyrel Todd tonight.
Stephen Dwyer rebounded from yesterday’s quarterfinal loss with a 7-2 decision over Oregon State’s Keegan Davis, but will not repeat as an All-American after losing in the second tiebreaker to Missouri’s Nick Marable. Dwyer erased Marable’s riding time advantage, but gave up a reversal and two-point nearfall in the final 14 seconds to lose.
Lane also advanced in the consolation bracket with a win to start the day, besting North Carolina’s Justin Dobies 4-2 in the second overtime, but fell to East Stroudsburg’s Christopher Birchler 4-3 in his second match of the day.
Friday’s night session begins at 6 p.m.
Couirtesy: NU Media Relations