Looking to finish its dual season on a winning note, the No. 8 Nebraska wrestling team returns to the mat on Sunday, Feb. 19, for its last regular-season dual of the year when they face off against Northern Iowa. The Huskers and Panthers will kick off at 1 p.m. from the NU Coliseum. Nebraska owns a 14-4 overall record and will look to capture 15 dual wins for the first time since 2008-09, when the Huskers went 17-3-1. Northern Iowa will enter Sunday's dual with an 8-6 mark and a 5-1 record in the Western Wrestling Conference.
Sunday's dual will be available on the internet at BTN.com (subscription required), or fans can view live play-by-play and stats at Huskers.com. You can also follow the action on the Huskers' twitter account at www.twitter.com/HuskerWrestling. Students attending the dual will receive free red and silver bead necklaces in celebration of Mardi Gras.
Nebraska is coming off a 21-18 loss to No. 6 Ohio State at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals last weekend, where they nearly overcame an 18-point deficit after dropping the first four matches of the dual. Junior Tyler Koehn (174) led the Huskers against the Buckeyes by upsetting No. 7 Nick Heflin by decision, 3-1, for his third victory over a ranked opponent this season. Koehn recorded a takedown with just 25 seconds remaining in the match to get the win. The Huskers and Panthers have a long history between the two, with the Panthers holding an edge in the all-time series record at 27-15-1. Last season, the Huskers defeated Northern Iowa, 18-15, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
A bit of history could be made on Sunday, as senior Tucker Lane is currently sitting on 99 career wins and will look to become just the 20th wrestler is school history to win 100 matches. Lane is coming off a dominant victory over Ohio State's Peter Capone, recording his second pin of the year in 2:02. The Redvale, Colo., native and four-year starter at heavyweight for NU is 21-5 on the year and 14-4 in dual matches. The last Husker to join the 100-win club was two-time national champion Jordan Burroughs last season.
After Sunday's dual, the Huskers will have two weeks to prepare for their first Big Ten Conference tournament, which will begin on Saturday, March 3 and run through Sunday, March 4. This season's conference tournament will take place in West Lafayette, Ind., at Mackey Arena on the campus of Purdue University. The Huskers will be competing for an opportunity to advance to the 2012 NCAA Championships on March 15-17 in St. Louis, Mo.
Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations