Jan. 10, 2009

Courtesy of Nebraska

Lincoln - Heavyweight Tucker Lane posted a 4-2 decision over Penn State’s Cameron Wade to cap a come-from-behind 20-16 victory for Nebraska in the second round of the NWCA National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Saturday. The Huskers improved to 8-0, their best start since the 2004-05 season, and advanced to Sunday’s semifinals to face No. 1 Iowa.

 

For the second time Saturday, Nebraska surrendered an early lead, as Penn State jumped out to a 16-0 lead on the Huskers by winning the first four weight classes. NU stormed back by winning the final six matches of the dual, with Lane clinching the dual in the final match. Lane, a redshirt freshman from Redvale, Colo., faced a taller and bigger Wade, but used superior skills on the mat to take the victory. Neither wrestler scored in the first period, and Lane choose down in the second frame. Wade held the advantage for the first minute, until Lane posted a reversal with 53 seconds left. Wade escaped before the end of the period and notched another escape to start the third to tie the match at two, but Lane notched a takedown with 43 seconds left to take the win.

 

Lane’s heroics were set up by junior Craig Brester at 197 pounds, who notched the only bonus-point victory of the dual with his 20-5 technical fall over PSU’s Clay Steadman. Brester posted seven takedowns and nearly racked up five minutes of riding time as his 10th consecutive bonus-point win gave the Huskers their first lead of the dual at 17-16.

 

Fellow junior Jordan Burroughs turned the tide in NU’s favor at 157 pounds as the Huskers claimed their first win of the dual. Burroughs, ranked second in the nation, notched a 10-4 decision over eighth-ranked All-American Dan Vallimont courtesy of four more dual takedowns. Stephen Dwyer, Brandon Browne and Vince Jones kept the Husker rally moving with decisions at 165, 174 and 184, respectively. Dwyer posted a 7-3 win over Mark Friend, while Browne topped No. 14 Quentin Wright, 3-1, and Jones nearly earned a major decision at 11-4.

 

Nebraska now faces No. 1 Iowa for the second year in a row at National Duals, with an 11 a.m. showdown tomorrow in the semifinals. The Hawkeyes defeated NU 24-6 in last year’s final.

 

No. 4 Nebraska 20, No. 14 Penn State 16

UNI Dome, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Saturday, Jan. 10

 

Match Results

125 - Brad Pataky (PSU) by fall over Andy Pokorny (NU), 0:12

133 - #12 Jake Strayer(PSU) by dec. over Patrick Aleksanyan, 11-6

141 - Frank Molinaro (PSU) by dec. over Jon Burns (NU), 7-4

149 - #2 Bubba Jenkins (PSU) by major dec. over Robert Sanders (NU), 14-5

157 - #2 Jordan Burroughs (NU) by dec. over #8 Dan Vallimont (PSU), 10-4

165 - #7 Stephen Dwyer (NU) by dec.over Mark Friend (PSU), 7-3

174 - #2 Brandon Browne (NU) by dec. over #14 Quentin Wright (PSU), 3-1

184 - #14 Vince Jones (NU) by dec. over Jack Decker (PSU), 11-4

197 - #1 Craig Brester (NU) by tech. fall over Clay Steadman (PSU), 20-5

285 - #17 Tucker Lane (NU) by dec. over Cameron Wade (PSU), 4-2