April 1, 2015

Former Husker coach Kaczenski arrested on domestic assault

Rick Kaczenski

Rick Kaczenski

Former Nebraska defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski, part of Bo Pelini’s staff that was fired in December, was arrested Sunday on a charge of third-degree domestic assault and remains in jail as of Monday morning. Lincoln police arrested the 40-year old Kaczenski Sunday afternoon after they had already responded to a call from someone outside the Kaczenski’s home regarding arguments between he and his wife late Saturday night/early Sunday.

According to the police report, Kaczenski’s 33-year old wife suffered a cut to her forehead and scratches to her face and neck, but did not seek medical treatment at a hospital.  Kaczenski allegedly threw a picture frame at her head.

Suspects arrested on suspicion of domestic assault charges in Lancaster County remain in jail until their arraignment and can’t be released on bond.  He was NU’s defensive line coach for three seasons.  Prior to that he was a defensive line coach at Iowa.

Green and Kokesh take third for Nebraska at NCAA wrestling nationals

Seniors Robert Kokesh (174) and James Green (157) finished their Husker careers by each finishing third at the 2015 NCAA Championships at the Scottrade Center on Saturday.

Kokesh, a three-time All-American, won a pair of sudden victories against Big Ten foes. He downed third-seeded Mike Evans of Iowa, 6-4, before topping No. 6 seed Logan Storley of Minnesota by the same margin in the third-place match.

Kokesh finished his season with a 39-1 record, which is tied for the sixth-most wins in a season in school history. He concluded his career at Nebraska with a 144-15 record, good for second in school history. He collected a third-place finish after taking fourth in 2014 and third in 2013.

Green, who became the second four-time All-American in school history on Friday, defeated No. 7 seed Ian Miller of Kent State by a 13-4 major decision before taking down Virginia Tech’s Nick Brascetta, 3-2, in the third-place match. Green finished the season with a 35-5 mark.

With his win in the third-place match, Green passed Jordan Burroughs for fifth in school history with his 129th career victory. Green took third place for the second consecutive year after finishing seventh in 2012 and 2013.

Sophomore TJ Dudley (184) finished eighth after falling to Missouri’s Willie Miklus by a 6-5 decision. Dudley went 31-11 this season and collected All-America honors for the first time.

As a team, Nebraska is in ninth place with 59 points. Ohio State leads the team race with 94 points, while Iowa (84) and Edinboro (75.5) round out the top three.

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Nebraska notches three All-Americans at NCAA nationals

James Green (157) lost his semifinal match, and Robert Kokesh (174) and TJ Dudley (184) captured All-America honors during Session IV of the NCAA Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. on Friday night.

Green, who earned his fourth career All-America accolade in Session III, battled top-seeded Isaiah Martinez of Illinois for a spot in the finals, but lost a 3-2 decision. Green held a 2-1 advantage after his reversal in the second period, but allowed a Martinez escape in the third before the Illini freshman tacked on a point for riding time. Green will battle Ian Miller of Kent State in Saturday’s consolation semifinals.

Kokesh became an All-American for the third time in his career after an 8-0 major decision over Illinois’ Zac Brunson in the consolation bracket. The senior from Wagner, S.D., wasn’t done racking up bonus points, though, as he notched an 11-3 major decision over North Dakota State’s Kurtis Julson in the following round. Kokesh will face Iowa’s Mike Evans in Session V on Saturday.

No. 16 seed TJ Dudley (184) clinched his first career All-America honor after a 5-2 decision over Matt McCutcheon of Penn State. Dudley, making his second NCAA Championships appearance, lost a narrow decision to North Dakota State’s Hayden Zillmer in the subsequent round and will wrestle for seventh place on Saturday.

Team Scores (Top 10 only)
1. Ohio State – 86.5
2. Iowa – 73.0
3. Cornell – 66.5
4. Edinboro – 64.5
5. Missouri – 60.0
6. Penn St. – 58.0
7. Oklahoma St. – 55.5
8. Michigan – 51.0
9. Minnesota – 49.0
9. Nebraska – 49.0
11. Illinois – 42.5

One and done for Nebraska women

Brianna Butler scored 17 points, including the go-ahead basket with 58.7 seconds left, as 8th seeded Syracuse beat the 9th seeded Huskers 72-69 in Columbia, South Carolina on Friday night. Emily Cady led Nebraska with 18 points as the Huskers finish the year 21-11.

Syracuse went ahead 62-57 on Butler’s jumper with 4:49 left. Nebraska tied it at 66 as Cady hit a three-pointer with 1:24 to go. That’s when Butler got free inside for the go-ahead shot and the Orange held on to win. Nebraska had a final chance to tie, but Cady missed the second of two foul shots.

Natalie Romeo had 15 points and Hailie Sample added 14 for Nebraska, which had advanced past the NCAA’s opening game in three of its previous four trips.

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Huskers fall short against Penn State at Big Ten Tourney

Shavon Shields is fouled during the Big Ten Tournament. (photo/NU Athletics)

Shavon Shields is fouled during the Big Ten Tournament. (photo/NU Athletics)

Nebraska missed a game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds, as Penn State held off the Huskers, 68-65, Thursday afternoon at the United Center.

Shavon Shields, who finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, had a chance to send the game into overtime, but his 3-pointer was just off the mark, as Penn State advanced to the second round and ended the Huskers’ season.

Shields and Petteway nearly led the Huskers to a remarkable comeback, as Nebraska (13-18) trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half before rallying in the final 16 minutes. Petteway led the Huskers with 29 points in a losing effort, his 13th 20-point game of the season.

D.J. Newbill led Penn State with 26 points, including eight in a 14-1 second-half run that broke open a three-point game in the second half. Shep Garner also added 19, as PSU (17-15) will take on Iowa Friday afternoon.