LINCOLN, Neb. The 11th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated the No. 14 Northern Iowa Panthers 22-12 in front of a record Tumble N’ Rumble crowd of 4,699 Saturday night at the Devaney Center. With the win, Nebraska is now undefeated in its last 13 duals against UNI (12-0-1).
The night started out on a high note for NU as #14 Zeke Moisey (125) came out of the gates furiously, earning an early takedown on Jay Schwarm to go up 2-0. A second period reversal gave him more than enough cushion as he rode out a 5-2 victory.
A true freshman from Olathe, Kan., Jevon Parrish got the start tonight at 133 pounds and nearly picked up his first dual victory, losing 8-6 in sudden victory to Jack Skudlarczyk. Parrish was 12-4 in open tournaments before burning his redshirt tonight.
UNI took the 141 and 149-pound bouts to go up 9-3 as Josh Alber and Max Thomsen earned decisions over Chad Red Jr. and Collin Purinton, respectively.
With his team facing a six-point deficit, senior Tyler Berger (157) stepped up and delivered a convincing 19-4 victory by tech. fall over Patrick Schoenfelder. With the win, Berger moved to 15-1 on the season with eight victories by bonus points.
With his team down 9-8, Isaiah White (165) came to the mat ready to face the fourth top 20-ranked wrestler in his past six matches. Once again, White came through for his team, grinding out a 2-1 decision over #12 Bryce Steiert. The match was tied 1-1 after three periods, but the junior from Chicago, Ill., had accumulated exactly 1:00 in riding time to take the win by one point.
UNI’s #8 Taylor Lujan gave Nebraska’s #9 Mikey Labriola (174) the third loss of his redshirt freshman season in a 10-5 decision. The win gave his team a 12-11 lead with three matches to go.
The 184-pound match turned out to be one of the best bouts of the dual, as it pitted Nebraska’s Taylor Venz (#5 ranked 184 pound wrestler in the country) against #6 Drew Foster. Venz already defeated Foster in the Cliff Keen Invitational earlier this season and is 2-0 all-time against him.
Venz, a sophomore All-America honoree last year, came out attacking from the get-go and earned a takedown and a two-point nearfall just seven seconds into the match. The two exchanged blows for the remainder of the match, but Venz was able to hold off Foster once again, earning a crucial 8-6 decision. The win moved Venz to 12-3 on the season and put NU up 14-12.
The Huskers were able to keep that lead for good as Eric Schultz (197) won his 14th match of the season, taking a 6-3 decision over Tyrell Gordon to give NU a five-point cushion.
Heavyweight David Jensen stayed undefeated on the year (10-0) as he dominated Izaak Shedenhelm from start to finish, taking a 17-2 victory by tech. fall.
With the win, #11 Nebraska moves to 7-2 (1-1 B1G) on the season and #14 Northern Iowa drops to 2-3 (2-0 Big 12).
125: #14 Zeke Moisey (NEB) dec. Jay Schwarm (UNI), 5-2 (NEB 3, UNI 3)
133: Jack Skudlarczyk (UNI) SV-1 Jevon Parrish (NEB), 8-6 (UNI 3, NEB 3)
141: #8 Josh Alber (UNI) dec. #20 Chad Red Jr. (NEB), 6-4 (UNI 6, NEB 3)
149: #8 Max Thomsen dec. Collin Purinton (NEB), 11-4 (UNI, 9 NEB 3)
157: #4 Tyler Berger tech. fall Patrick Schoenfelder (UNI), 19-4 (3:50) (UNI 9, NEB 8)
165: #6 Isaiah White (NEB) dec. #12 Bryce Steiert (UNI), 2-1 (NEB 11, UNI 9)
174: #8 Taylor Lujan (UNI) dec. #9 Mikey Labriola (NEB), 10-5 (UNI 12, NEB 11)
184: #5 Taylor Venz (NEB) dec. #6 Drew Foster (UNI), 8-6 (NEB 14, UNI 12)
197:#12 Eric Schultz (NEB) dec. Tyrell Gordon (UNI), 6-3 (NEB 17, UNI 12)
HWT: #14 David Jensen (NEB) tech. fall Izaak Shedenhelm (UNI), 17-2 (6:34) (NEB 22, UNI 12)
Nebraska heads to the east coast next weekend for two road duals in a 60-hour period. The Huskers travel to College Park, Md., to battle Maryland on Friday, Jan. 18 and State College, Pa., on Sunday, Jan. 20 to challenge the #1 Penn State Nittany Lions. BTN Plus and FloWrestling will provide the streaming coverage.
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NU returns to the Devaney Center on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. to host the #19 Illinois Illini. Tickets can be purchased online at Huskers.com/tickets or by phone at 800-8BIGRED.