Huskers Pick Up First Big Ten Dual Win

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Junior Shawn Nagel (133) turned the tide of a back-and-forth dual with his first pin of the season as the No. 17 Nebraska wrestling team defeated No. 11 Michigan, 20-19, on Friday night at Cliff Keen Arena.

The Huskers picked up their first Big Ten dual victory of the season after an 0-2 start with the win over the Wolverines. Nebraska improves to 7-3 in 2012-13 and Michigan falls to 6-2 and 0-1 in Big Ten duals.

No. 7 James Green (157) made his first appearance for the Huskers since an injury on Dec. 1 in the opening match of the night. The sophomore won an 8-3 decision over Michigan's Collin Zeerip, earning his 13th victory of the season. Green improves to 6-0 in duals.

The Wolverines responded at 165 pounds as No. 13 Taylor Massa pinned NU's Austin Wilson in 0:45. Nebraska bounced back at 174 with No. 4 Robert Kokesh's 9-3 decision over No. 11 Dan Yates. The victory marked Kokesh's 18th consecutive as he improved to 23-1 on the season and 9-1 in duals.

Senior Josh Ihnen (184) kept the Nebraska momentum going with his technical fall over Chris Heald, 18-3. Ihnen's 16th win of the season gave the Huskers an 11-6 lead.

Michigan won the next three matches, however, to take a 16-11 lead. At 197 pounds, No. 18 Max Huntley of Michigan won a 3-1 decision over Caleb Kolb. Sophomore Spencer Johnson (HWT) made his first appearance of the season but lost an 8-3 decision to No. 19 Ben Apland. Freshman Eric Coufal fell by a 15-7 major decision to the Wolverines' Sean Boyle at 125 pounds.

Trailing 16-11, Nebraska's Nagel delivered by pinning Michigan's Rossi Bruno at 133 pounds in 2:14. The pin marked Nagel's first of the season and 11th of his career as he gave the Huskers a 17-16 lead. The junior improves to 11-9 on the season and 5-5 in duals.

Senior Ridge Kiley (141) extended Nebraska's lead to 20-16 with his 4-3 decision over No. 18 Camryn Jackson of Michigan. Kiley picked up his 10th win of the season and improved to 5-2 in dual competition.

At 149 pounds, sophomore Jake Sueflohn fell by a 3-2 decision to No. 12 Eric Grajales. Sueflohn, who is ranked eighth in the InterMat poll, falls to 14-3 on the season and 5-2 in duals.

The Huskers will battle No. 18 Northwestern on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Evanston, Ill. The match will be available on Big Ten Digital Network.