The No. 17 Nebraska wrestling team (6-3) resumes Big Ten competition this weekend against two top 20 teams and will look to earn its first conference dual win of the season.
The Huskers travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. on Friday to face No. 11 Michigan at 6 p.m. The match will be on Big Ten Network and it will mark Nebraska’s first television appearance in 2012-13. On Saturday the Huskers face No. 18 Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. at 7 p.m. The match will be available on Big Ten Digital Network at the link provided above.
In Nebraska’s last outing, it tied for 15th at the Midlands Invitational in Evanston, Ill., Dec. 29-30. Sophomore Robert Kokesh led the team in dominating fashion, winning six matches en route to the 174-pound title. Kokesh is 22-1 in the season and will start this weekend against two nationally ranked opponents.
Sophomore Spencer Johnson will see his first action of the season against the Wolverines at heavyweight. Last season as a redshirt freshman, Johnson went 23-6 at 197 pounds. He will face two ranked opponents this weekend.
Sophomore James Green will return to the Husker lineup at 157 pounds following his injury at the Cliff Keen Invitational on Dec. 1. Green is 12-2 on the season with a 5-0 record in dual competition. His opponent on Sunday will be No. 2 Jason Welch of Northwestern, who holds a perfect 17-0 record this season.
Redshirt freshman Austin Wilson (165) will start for the Huskers following a 4-2 showing at the Midlands Invitational. Wilson is 16-6 on the season with a 6-1 record in duals.
Nationally ranked Huskers Josh Ihnen (eighth at 184) and Jake Sueflohn (eighth at 149) did not compete at Midlands, but will return to action this weekend against the Wolverines and Wildcats. Ihnen holds a 15-2 record this season with a 7-2 dual mark. Sueflohn is 14-2 with a 5-1 dual record.
Eric Coufal earned his eighth dual start of the season and will be the lone freshman in the NU lineup this weekend. He will represent the Huskers at 125 pounds.
Senior Ridge Kiley will start for Nebraska at 141 pounds for the seventh time in duals this season. He is 9-6 on the season with a 4-2 dual mark. Juniors Shawn Nagel (133) and Caleb Kolb (197) return to the NU lineup for the 10th time this season in duals.