COLUMBIA, Mo. — No. 16 Nebraska picked up its first conference dual victory of the season on Sunday, upsetting the No. 7 Missouri Tigers 17-16 at the Hearnes Center. Nebraska’s victory against Missouri marked its highest victory against a ranked opponent since defeating No. 7 Minnesota 21-18 on Dec. 21, 2008. The Huskers improved to 11-4 and 1-1 in conference duals, while Missouri dropped to 14-6 and 0-1 in the league.
Missouri controlled the dual early capturing three of the first four matches and taking a 10-3 lead.
David Klingsheim (NU) battled No. 9 Alan Waters (MU) at 125 pounds to open the dual, but couldn’t pull off the upset, falling by decision 5-3. NU evened the score at 3-3 when Ridge Kiley (NU) took down Nathan McCormick (MU) 4-0 at 133 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Kiley was dominant in the final two frames, scoring a reversal and a penalty point for locked hands en route to the victory.
With the score tied, MU regained the lead after scoring victories at 141 and 149 pounds, but NU responded with two wins of its own from Tyler Koehn (NU) and No. 1 Jordan Burroughs (NU). Koehn used two first-period takedowns to take control early against Giorgio Gregoris (MU) at 157 pounds and took the match by decision 9-4. Burroughs defeated his second nationally ranked opponent of the weekend by taking down No. 11 Zach Toal (MU) by technical fall 26-11 at 165 pounds.
Burroughs improved his season record to 25-0 and 15-0 in dual competition. The victory also gave him his 10th by technical fall this year.
With a one-point advantage in the team score, the Huskers weren’t able to keep a hold of the lead after No. 20 Dorian Henderson (MU) edged Caleb Kolb (NU) 4-2 at 174 pounds. Now trailing by two-points, No. 13 Josh Ihnen (NU) broke his three-match losing streak, all against ranked opponents, by defeating No. 15 Mike Larson in a tight 2-1 battle at 184 pounds to give NU the lead for good. Ihnen used the riding time point to secure the victory after accumulating 1:48 of riding time in the third period.
Andy Johnson (NU) extended the Husker lead to four points at 197 pounds by collecting his fifth consecutive victory with an upset against No. 10 Brent Haynes (MU). Entering the third period trailing 1-0, Johnson rallied back with two takedowns in the final frame to take the match by decision 5-3. The senior now owns a 22-8 record and an 11-4 mark in dual matches.
Nebraska was able to hold on for the 17-16 victory despite No. 12 Tucker Lane (NU) falling to No. 4 Dom Bradley (MU) by decision 5-4 at the heavyweight spot.