Late surge propels Nebraska-Kearney
Lopers win four consecutive matches to edge No. 11 Adams St.
Fifth-ranked Nebraska-Kearney needed to win four consecutive matches to rally past ninth-ranked Adams State 20-19 on Wednesday night in Alamosa. Earlier in the day, the Lopers (6-3, 2-0 RMAC) dominated New Mexico Highlands 41-3, in Las Vegas.
With senior Dalton Jensen, ranked No. 1 at 141 lbs., still nursing an injury, the Lopers were down 16-4 in Alamosa.
Redshirt freshman heavyweight Kevin Barrett, returning to the lineup after his own ailments, gave UNK a 4-0 lead with a major decision. He tallied the extra team point thanks to a takedown and three-point near fall in the final seconds. That action helped him reach 62 seconds of riding time.
However, ASC won the next four matches, one by fall in 43 seconds and another by major decision. In addition, fourth-ranked Josh Hensley got past second-ranked Raufeon Stots by an 8-4 score.
Senior T.J. Hepburn, still ranked No. 2 at 157 lbs., started the Loper comeback in a big way with a fall at 3:58. This marked his 13th consecutive win and third fall of the year.
Second-ranked Joey Wilson followed with a 9-5 decision, eighth-ranked Mark Fiala got past Jarod Purvis 6-4 and senior Caleb Kociemba majored Darian Roberts 11-2, to give UNK a 20-16 lead.
Second-ranked Luke McPeek edged redshirt freshman Matt Lenagh 3-2 to finish the dual.