TEMPE, Ariz. — No. 14 Nebraska matched its best start in school history after sweeping two matches at the ASU Duals on Thursday. The Huskers improved to 9-0 on the season by beating Boise State 34-3 in their first dual, before shutting out host Arizona State 42-0 in the last dual of the day. The losses dropped Boise State to 0-2 and Arizona State to 4-3 on the season.
Nebraska won 19 of the possible 20 matches between the two duals, while recording a total of 11 bonus-point victories, including seven major decisions and three pins. The win against Arizona State was Nebraska’s first shutout since 2008 when they beat Augustana (S.D.) 50-0 while the 42 points was the most allowed by Sun Devil team in school history.
Senior heavyweight Tucker Lane had one of the most impressive days of any Husker, defeating two nationally ranked opponents in No. 10 J.T. Felix (BSU) and No. 11 Levi Cooper (ASU). Lane cruised past Felix in his first match 6-2 before taking down Cooper in overtime 2-1 for his second victory against the Sun Devil wrestler this season. After swapping escape points in the second and third periods and a scoreless sudden-death period, No. 10 Lane was able to escape in the tiebreaker and held Cooper in the down position for 30 seconds to capture the victory.
True freshmen Jake Sueflohn (141 pounds) and James Green (157) continued their impressive first seasons by combining for four bonus-point decisions. No. 11 Sueflohn kicked off his day with a major decision victory against No. 16 John Strait (BSU) and pinned Nathan Hoffer (ASU) in 5:29 for his 15th win of the year. No. 13 Green did much of the same by beating No. 15 George Ivanov (BSU) 12-1 and Victor DeJesus 16-5 for his second major decision of the day.
At 174 pounds, Tyler Koehn recorded NU’s victory against Boise State by defeating Scott Bacon (BSU) 11-5 for his 13th win. In the dual against Arizona State, sophomore Caleb Kolb returned to the mat for the first time this season and did so in impressive fashion by taking down Jacob Graham 18-6.
No. 5 Robert Kokesh (165) remained perfect in dual competition for NU by recording a major decision against Michael Cuthbertson (BSU) and pinning Derek Felton (ASU) in 2:16 for his seventh fall. Kokesh now owns a 16-2 overall record, with 11 of those being bonus-point wins.
After a loss to Isaac Romero (BSU), sophomore Shawn Nagel (125) broke a six-dual losing streak by picking up his first pin of the season against Dalton Miller (ASU) in 1:26. No. 17 Ridge Kiley won two tight matches at 133 pounds, taking down Shawn Jones (BSU) 6-2 and Shane McGough (ASU) 6-1.
Senior James Nakashima (197) led off both duals with a pair of victories, incluidng a major decision win against Derek Toney (BSU) and a 5-3 win vs. Tommy Burriel (ASU) to give the Huskers an early 3-0 lead against the Sun Devils.
Redshirt freshman Brandon Wilbourn (149) won his fourth and fifth consecutive duals to raise his season win total to nine. Wilbourn pushed past Steve Hernandez (BSU) 7-4 before dominating his second match of the day against Kyle McIntosh (ASU) 14-3.
No. 9 Josh Ihnen (184) closed out each of the duals with a victory. A Sheldon, Iowa, native, Ihnen won by medical forfeit against No. 12 Jake Swartz (BSU), before defeating Kevin Radford (ASU) 10-3.