LINCOLN, Neb.— Wrestling in dual competition for the last time as a member of the Big 12 Conference, No. 13 Nebraska took down No. 17 Iowa State 21-14 in the Huskers’ last regular-season dual.
The win capped a 14-5 regular season for NU and evened its record in Big 12 duals at 2-2. The Huskers have now won at least 14 duals in three of the past four seasons. Iowa State dropped to 9-10 on the season.
Wrestling in front of 1,158 fans at the NU Coliseum, the Huskers kicked off the dual by honoring three seniors, Mike Koehnlein, Jordan Burroughs and Andy Johnson, as the Huskers celebrated Senior Day. The trio had combined for 190 career victories entering the match and four NCAA tournament bids.
Nebraska fell behind after the first match when No. 1-ranked Jon Reader stayed undefeated on the season by defeating Nebraska’s Caleb Kolb by major decision 16-4 at 174 pounds. The lead wouldn’t last long for ISU as Husker junior Josh Ihnen brought NU back with his 17-1 technical fall victory against Cole Shafer. No. 10 Ihnen jumped on Shafer quickly, recording a takedown and two 2-point near falls in the first period and cruised to the dominating victory.
Ihnen’s victory was the start of five consecutive wins for the Huskers as they extended their lead to 17-4.
Johnson ended his home career as a Husker by defeating No. 14 Jerome Ward by decision 5-3 at 197 pounds. No. 13 Johnson extended his lead to 5-2 in the third period with a takedown with 1:39 remaining in the match, and was able to hold off a late charge from Ward as time expired. The Yankton, S.D., native has now won eight of his last nine matches and has defeated four nationally-ranked opponents this year.
Following Johnson’s victory, junior Tucker Lane used a reversal in the second period to take control in his 3-0 decision victory against ISU’s Kyle Simonson. The Huskers then got two key victories from David Klingsheim and Ridge Kiley at 125 and 133 pounds, respectively. Klingsheim was able to hold off a late shot attempt from Brandon Jones for his 4-3 vwin, while Kiley used a reversal and gained the riding-time advantage in the third period for his victory against Ben Cash 3-0.
ISU was able to pull within three points of the Huskers by reeling off three consecutive victories of its own.
No. 15 Chris Drouin took down Nebraska’s Koehnlein by major decision at 141 pounds, while Max Mayfield defeated the Huskers’ Ross Grande at 149 pounds 8-4. The Huskers last loss came at 157, where Trent Weatherman was able to score a takedown 37 seconds into the sudden victory period against NU’s Tyler Koehn.
Leading by only three points, the Huskers turned to Burroughs to put the match away and the senior didn’t disappoint.
Wrestling in this last home dual, Burroughs defeated Chris Spangler by major decision 22-8 to give him his fifth consecutive bonus-point victory. After a scoreless first period, the two-time All-American used eight takedowns in the final two periods to secure the match.
Burroughs finished the regular season with a perfect 29-0 record and a 19-0 mark in dual matches. His 62 dual victories places him in a tie for No. 5 on the all-time duals wins list with Brad Vering (1997-01) and Tolly Thompson (1993-97). Burrrough’s 62-8 mark in dual matches also places him in a tie with Vering at No. 6 on the career dual winning percentage chart with an .886 clip during his career.