Fresh off its home upset over No. 6 Ohio State last Friday, the No. 7 Nebraska wrestling team returns to action on Friday, Jan. 13, when it hosts the No. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes at the NU Coliseum at 7 p.m. The Huskers own a perfect 10-0 record on the season and are 1-0 in Big Ten duals, while Iowa enters the dual with a 7-1 mark and is 2-0 in conference matches. The Huskers are off to their best start in school history after winning their first 10 duals and will look to tie the school record for most consecutive dual wins in a season (11), which was set in 1982-83. Fans are encouraged to wear red on Friday as we try to “Red Out” the Coliseum. The first 100 students in attendance will receive a free red Nebraska wrestling T-shirt at the door. Students must show a valid student ID upon entry.
Like last Friday’s dual, a match between two Nebraska high school programs will take place before the Huskers take the mat. Kearney High School and Madison High School will dual before the Huskers starting at 5 p.m. Tickets for the special event are $10 and can be bought at the door or by calling 1-800-8BIGRED.
Friday’s match can be seen on the Big Ten Network on tape delay, beginning at 9 p.m. following the dual. Tim Johnson and Jim Gibbons will break down the action in the Huskers’ first appearance on the Big Ten Network this season. Fans can also follow live stats for Friday’s dual at Huskers.com.
Coming off its upset of over Ohio State last week, the Huskers catapulted seven spots to No. 7 in the latest NWCA poll, which was released on Tuesday, Jan. 10. In their win over the Buckeyes, the Huskers got several key victories throughout the lineup, including true freshman Jake Sueflohn’s upset of No. 6 Hunter Stieber at 141 pounds. After giving up an early takedown, Sueflohn exploded with 10 unanswered points and won the match by major decision, 10-2, to set the tone for the rest of the dual.
Along with Sueflohn, the Huskers have received major contributions from three freshmen in the lineup. True freshman James Green leads the team in victories at 157 pounds with a 20-3 overall record and team-high seven major decisions. Redshirt freshman Robert Kokesh has been dominant at 165 pounds en route to his 18-2 overall record, with 14 of those victories coming in bonus-point fashion. At 149 pounds, redshirt freshman Brandon Wilbourn is 9-5 and has won five straight matches before falling in overtime to Cam Tessari of Ohio State.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations