Jan. 5, 2009

Courtesy of Nebraska

Lincoln - Three Huskers posted six bonus-point victories to propel the No. 3 Nebraska wrestling team to dual wins over No. 15 Michigan (22-13) and Northern Colorado (39-3) in front of more than 960 fans at the NU Coliseum on Sunday. Jordan Burroughs, Stephen Dwyer and Craig Brester collected four major decisions and two technical falls between them to move Nebraska to a perfect 6-0 in duals this season. The Wolverines and Bears dropped to 3-3 and 1-5-1, respectively.


Wrestling at 157 pounds, Burroughs opened with five takedowns in the first period against Michigan’s Aaron Hynes en route to a 24-8 technical fall over the Wolverine and posted a 19-8 major decision over Northern Colorado’s Justin Gaethje in his second match of the day. Gaethje wrestled the junior from Sicklerville, N.J., close until Burroughs exploded for six takedowns in the final period to take a commanding lead. Burroughs is now 14-0 on the season and is second on the team with seven major decisions.


Dwyer accomplished the same feat at 165 pounds, collecting a major decision and technical fall to improve to a 14-1 record. The junior racked up more than two minutes of riding time against UM’s Just Zeerip for a 9-1 major decision and recorded three nearfalls to earn a 23-6 technical fall over Northern Colorado’s Tanner Weiks. Dwyer leads the Huskers with three technical falls and has five major decisions.


Brester continued thrashing opponents at 197 pounds by adding two more major decisions to his 15-0 record. The junior from Howells, Neb., downed Michigan’s Erich Smith 15-4 courtesy of a six-point first period and notched four takedowns in the first period against UNC’s Patrick Carey en route to a 19-6 victory. Brester has posted bonus-point victories in 14 of his 15 matches this season and is tied for the team lead with seven major decisions.


Redshirt freshman Tucker Lane won a 4-1 decision over UM’s Chad Bleske before pinning Justin Tuell of Northern Colorado in 4:15 at heavyweight, while Patrick Aleksanyan (133) and Robert Sanders (149) also posted perfect 2-0 records on the day to help solidify NU’s lower weights.


Freshman Jon Burns made his career debut against Michigan, but lost an 8-0 major decision to fourth-ranked Kellen Russell at 141 pounds. Burns bounced back by pinning Northern Colorado’s Lance Gallegos in 2:53. Vince Jones and Brandon Browne also lost one match on the day to a ranked opponent. Top ranked Steve Luke of Michigan defeated Browne 6-2, while No. 11 Anthony Biondo earned a 9-6 decision over Jones. Both Huskers earned victories over Northern Colorado opponents in their second matches of the day.


Nebraska returns to action next weekend at the NWCA National Duals at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Wrestling begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.


No. 3 Nebraska 22, No. 15 Michigan 13

NU Coliseum, Lincoln, Neb.

Sunday, Jan. 4


Match Results

125 - #11 Michael Watts (UM) by dec. over Andy Pokorny (NU), 12-6

133 - Patrick Aleksanyan (NU) by dec. over Zac Stevens (UM), 4-2

141 - #4 Kellen Russell (UM) by major dec. over Jon Burns (NU), 8-0

149 - Robert Sanders (NU) by dec. over Mark Weber (UM), 6-2

157 - #2 Jordan Burroughs (NU) by tech. fall over Aaron Hynes (UM), 24-8

165 - #7 Stephen Dwyer (NU) by major dec. over Justin Zeerip (UM), 9-1

174 - #1 Steve Luke (UM) by dec. over #3 Brandon Browne (NU), 6-2

184 - #11 Anthony Biondo (UM) by dec. over #13 Vince Jones (NU), 9-6

197 - #2 Craig Brester (NU) by major dec. over Erich Smith (UM), 15-4

285 - #15 Tucker Lane (NU) by dec. over Chad Bleske (UM), 4-1


No. 3 Nebraska 39, Northern Colorado 3

NU Coliseum, Lincoln, Neb.

Sunday, Jan. 4


Match Results

125 - #16 Tony Mustari (UNC) by dec. over Andy Pokorny (NU), 5-3

133 - Patrick Aleksanyan (NU) by dec. over Casey Cruz (UNC), 12-7

141 - Jon Burns (NU) by fall over Lance Gallegos (UNC), 2:53

149 - Robert Sanders (NU) by dec. over Mitchell Polkowske (UNC), 7-1

157 - #2 Jordan Burroughs (NU) by major dec. over Justin Gaethje (UNC), 19-8

165 - #7 Stephen Dwyer (NU) by tech. fall over Tanner Weiks (UNC), 23-6

174 - #3 Brandon Browne (NU) by major dec. over Brandon Kammerzell (UNC), 14-5

184 - #13 Vince Jones (NU) by major dec. over Ryan Johnson (UNC), 13-4

197 - #2 Craig Brester (NU) by major dec. over Patrick Carey (UNC), 19-6

285 - #15 Tucker Lane (NU) by fall over Justin Tuell (UNC), 4:15