In a back and forth battle, the No. 9 Nebraska wrestling team took down Arizona State, 18-12, on Saturday night at the NU Coliseum. Wrestling in front of 778 fans, the Huskers improved to 5-1, while the Sun Devils fell to 5-2.
No. 6 Josh Ihnen started the match with a 6-2 decision over No. 20 Kevin Radford of Arizona State at 184 pounds. Ihnen, a senior, improves to 13-1 on the season with the victory, including a 5-1 mark in duals.
The Sun Devils responded with three consecutive victories at 197, Heavyweight and 125 to take a 9-3 lead. No. 9 Jake Meredith of Arizona State won a 1-0 decision over Caleb Kolb before No. 13 Levi Cooper captured the heavyweight victory over Donny Longendyke by a 3-0 decision. At 125 pounds, Dalton Miller won a 9-5 decision over Nebraska's Eric Coufal.
Nebraska bounced back with three straight victories of its own to take a 12-9 lead. Shawn Nagel started the rally with a 4-0 decision over Arizona State's Trevor Wilson at 133 pounds. Nagel moves to 9-5 on the year with a 3-3 dual mark.
At 141 pounds, the Huskers earned their first takedown when Ridge Kiley did so in the first period against Matt Kraus in the sixth match of the night. Kiley, a senior, went on to a 9-3 decision victory. He improves to 6-3 on the season and 2-1 in duals. No. 10 Jake Sueflohn (149) earned his 12th victory of the 2012-13 campaign with a 7-1 decision over ASU's Nathan Hoffer.
Arizona State's Codey Combs knotted the match at 12 with two to play after his narrow 1-0 decision over Ross Grande at 157 pounds. With the loss, Grande fell to 8-5 on the season and 0-1 in duals.
The Huskers won the final two matches at 165 and 174 pounds to secure the victory. Redshirt freshman Austin Wilson edged the Sun Devils' Parker Madl 2-0 at 165. Wilson earned his 10th win of the season and improves to 4-1 in dual competition. At 174 pounds, sophomore Robert Kokesh won an 8-3 decision over Blake Stauffer. Kokesh, who is ranked No. 8 by InterMat, improves to 13-1.
The Huskers return to the mat on Sunday at the NU Coliseum to face Big Ten foe Wisconsin. The Badgers are 4-2 following a 19-12 victory over Michigan State on Friday night. The match between Nebraska and Wisconsin starts at 2 p.m.