LINCOLN, Neb. -- No. 13 Nebraska (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) held a 10-6 lead after four matches before winning five in a row on its way to a 26-9 triumph against No. 21 Rutgers at the Devaney Center on Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore Tim Lambert opened the dual with a 12-1 major decision over Sean McCabe at 125 pounds before Eric Montoya (133) and 10th-ranked Anthony Abidin each knocked off ranked opponents. Montoya trailed No. 17 Scott DelVecchio, 4-1, in the second period before a pair of takedowns gave him a 7-4 win.
Abidin also came from behind in his 5-2 win over No. 7 Anthony Ashnault at 141 pounds. At 149 pounds, Justin Arthur was pinned by 17th-ranked Ken Theobold, but the Huskers outscored the Scarlet Knights 16-0 over the next five bouts.
All-Americans James Green (157) and Robert Kokesh (174) each took down top-20 opponents, while Austin Wilson (165) used a late takedown to defeat Nick Visicaro, 3-1. Kokesh, the top-ranked wrestler in the country at 174 pounds, improves to 24-0 on the season.
No. 18 TJ Dudley (184) and Aaron Studebaker (197) each claimed victories before Collin Jensen fell by a 5-3 margin to No. 14 Billy Smith in the final match.
|No. 21 Rutgers vs. No. 13 Nebraska Match Results|
No. 11 Tim Lambert (NEB) by major dec. against Sean McCabe (RUT), 12-1
|133||Eric Montoya (NEB) by dec. against No. 17 Scott DelVecchio (RUT), 7-4
(NEB 7, RUT 0)
|141||No. 10 Anthony Abidin (NEB) by dec. against No.7 Anthony Ashnault (RUT), 5-2
(NEB 10, RUT 0)
|149||No. 17 Ken Theobold (RUT) by pin against Justin Arthur (NEB), 1:27
(NEB 10, RUT 6)
|157||No. 3 James Green (NEB) by dec. against No. 20 Anthony Perrotti (RUT), 11-4
(NEB 13, RUT 6)
|165||Austin Wilson (NEB) by dec. against Nick Visicaro (RUT), 3-1
(NEB 16, RUT 6)
|174||No. 1 Robert Kokesh (NEB) by dec. against No. 20 Phil Backukas (RUT), 7-1
(NEB 19, RUT 6)
|184||No. 18 TJ Dudley (NEB) by dec. against Anthony Pafumi (RUT), 9-4
(NEB 22, RUT 6)
|197||Aaron Studebaker (NEB) by major dec. against Ralph Normandia (RUT), 14-1
(NEB 26, RUT 6)
|HWT||No. 14 Billy Smith (RUT) by sudden victory against No. 17 Collin Jensen (NEB), 5-3
(NEB 26, RUT 9)