The No. 14 Nebraska wrestling team defeated Rutgers, 22-10, before dropping an 18-17 match against No. 18 Maryland at the Grapple at the Garden on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
The Huskers handed the Scarlet Knights their first loss of the season in the first match of the day. Rutgers won at 125 and 133 pounds, but Nebraska reeled off seven consecutive victories en route to its sixth win of the season. The victory also marked Head Coach Mark Manning’s 170th win at Nebraska.
At 125 pounds, Rutgers’ Joe Langel won a 9-1 major decision over freshman Skylar Wood before the Scarlet Knights’ Vinny Dellafave defeated junior Shawn Nagel in a 9-3 decision at 133 pounds.
No. 19 Ridge Kiley responded with a 3-0 decision over Rutgers’ No. 20 Trevor Melde at 141 pounds. At 149 pounds, sophomore Jake Sueflohn won by decision over Kenny Theobold, 7-2. Sueflohn, who is ranked No. 9 by InterMat, earned his 14th win of the season and improves to 5-1 in dual competition.
Sophomore Brandon Wilbourn earned the start at 157 pounds. He won his match against No. 13 Scott Winston by a 13-2 major decision to give the Huskers the lead. NU never looked back as redshirt freshman Austin Wilson posted a sudden victory over Nick Visicaro, 3-1, before No. 8 Robert Kokesh (174) and No. 6 Josh Ihnen (184) added decisions over ranked opponents. Kokesh won 6-2 over No. 10 Greg Zannetti and Ihnen won 4-0 over No. 14 Dan Rinaldi.
At 197 pounds, junior Caleb Kolb earned his seventh victory of the season with his 1-0 decision over Dan Seidenberg. Redshirt freshman Donny Longendyke fell in the heavyweight match by a 4-2 decision.
Against the Terrapins, the Huskers jumped out to a 17-9 lead before falling 18-17. Nebraska moves to 6-3 on the season with the loss.
At 125 pounds, Wood suffered his second loss of the day, falling to Maryland’s No. 13 Shane Gentry. Nagel responded at 133 pounds with a 12-4 major decision overJosh Polacek. Nagel earned his 10th win of the season and moves to 4-5 in dual competition.
Kileycompleted a 2-0 day and allowed no points to be scored on him as he won a 4-0 decision over Frank Goodwin of Maryland at 141 pounds. Kiley, a senior, improves to 8-4 on the season and 4-2 in duals.
The Huskers suffered back-to-back losses at 149 and 157. Sophomore Skylar Galloway wrestled at 149 and lost an 8-3 decision to Shane Arechiga. Wilbourn suffered his first loss of the 2012-13 campaign against Danny Orem in a 2-1 decision at 157.
Senior Tyler Koehn earned the start at 165 pounds against Maryland and won a majordecision over the Terrapins’ Anthony Guidice, 13-2. Koehn improves to 4-0 on the season. Kokesh also won in dominating fashion with a pin in 1:38 of Aaron Norris. The pin was his sixth of the season as Kokesh won his 11th consecutive match.
The Huskers lost at 184, 197 and Heavyweight to close out the match. Ihnen (184) battled to sudden victory against No. 10 Jimmy Sheptock but lost 6-4 before Kolb (197)fell by a 3-1 decision against No. 16 Christian Boley. In the heavyweight match, Longendyke fell in overtime to Carl Buchholz, 3-2.
The Huskers next competition is Dec. 29-30 at the Midlands Invitational in Evanston, Ill. Nebraska will wrestle in its first Big Ten road match against Michigan on Jan. 11 before traveling to Northwestern on Jan. 12. NU’s next home match is Jan. 18 against Illinois.