April 18, 2014

Seven wrestlers set to represent Nebraska at Nationals

Seven Nebraska wrestlers will compete in the NCAA Championships which begin March 20-22 Oklahoma City, OK.

Big Ten champion James Green earned the No. 1 seed at 157 pounds. Junior Robert Kokes, who also won a Big Ten title, is the No. 3 seed at 174 pounds. Jake Sueflohn is the No. 6 seed at 149 pounds. Redshirt freshman TJ Dudley (184) gets the No. 8 spot. At 125 pounds, Tim Lambert will be the 12th seed after a fifth-place showing at the Big Ten Championships. Austin Wilson (165) and Collin Jensen (HWT) also qualified for the NCAA Championships.

 

Green and Kokesh are Nebraska’s first Big Ten wrestling champs.

All-Americans James Green (157) and Robert Kokesh (174) of Nebraska, each won their weight class titles at the Big Ten Championships as the Huskers settled on a fifth-place team finish on Sunday at the Kohl Center in Madison, WI.  Green and Kokesh become the first two Big Ten champions for Nebraska since the Huskers joined the conference in 2011. The Huskers earned 79 points for the tournament as Penn State (140.5) won the team title.

Green, the No. 2 seed at 157 pounds, battled fourth-seeded Derek St. John of Iowa in the Big Ten Finals. Green won 7-4 over the defending national champion.  Kokesh, the top seed at 174 pounds, squared off with Iowa’s Mike Evans, the No. 3 seed, and topped the Hawkeye for the second time this season with a 6-4 decision.

The Husker prepare for NCAA nationals in two weeks.

Three Huskers advance to Big Ten wrestling finals

Juniors Jake Sueflohn (149), James Green (157) and Robert Kokesh (174) each won their respective semifinal matches on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s Big Ten Finals at the Kohl Center.

The Huskers are in sixth place heading into Sunday’s action with 68 points. Penn State (122) narrowly leads Iowa by one point in the team race, while Minnesota (86), Ohio State (73.5) and Illinois (69.5) round out the top five.

Sueflohn, the top seed at 149 pounds, battled fifth-seeded Eric Grajales of Michigan in the semifinals and emerged with an 8-6 decision. Sueflohn, a Wisconsin native, advances to the Big Ten Finals for the second consecutive year and extends his winning streak to 16 matches. He will battle No. 3 seed Jason Tsirtsis of Northwestern on Sunday for the conference crown.

Green also advances to the conference final for the second straight time following his 7-3 triumph over Minnesota’s Dylan Ness. Green, the No. 2 seed at 157 pounds, improves to 28-1 on the season and will face No. 4 seed Derek St. John of Iowa for the first time since Green’s victory on Jan. 18.

Kokesh, the top seed at 174 pounds, completed the trio of Huskers in the finals after his 3-2 decision over fellow South Dakota native Logan Storley in the semifinals. Kokesh earned a first-period takedown to build a 2-1 lead before Storley escaped in the second to knot the score heading to the third stanza. Starting from the down position, Kokesh escaped and held on for the win to pick up his 99th career victory.

Three Husker wrestler advance to Big Ten semifinals

Juniors Jake Sueflohn (149), James Green (157) and Robert Kokesh (174) each advanced to tonight’s Big Ten Semifinals following dominating victories during Session I on Saturday at the Kohl Center.

The Huskers are in fourth place with 32 points after the first session. Minnesota leads the team race with 77 points, while Penn State (70) and Iowa (68) round out the top three.

Sueflohn, the top seed at 149 pounds, earned a first-round bye before battling Michigan State’s Nick Trimble in the quarterfinals. Sueflohn earned five takedowns in the match en route to a 17-5 major decision. In addition, the Wisconsin native also tacked on points for a nearfall in the first period and riding time at the end of the bout.

Green and Kokesh, both reigning All-Americans, earned pins in the quarterfinals following first-round byes. Green, the No. 2 seed at 157 pounds, rebounded from his first loss of the season two weeks ago with a first-period fall over Illinois’ Zac Brunson in 2:15. The pin marks Green’s fifth of the season as he improves to 27-1. Green is set to grapple No. 3 seed Dylan Ness of Minnesota in the semifinals.

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Final results of 2014 dual wrestling championships

Class A Results

1st Place – Grand Island
2nd Place – Millard South
3rd Place – Kearney
4th Place – Omaha Burke
5th Place – Omaha North
6th Place – Papillion-LaVista
7th Place – Hastings
8th Place – Lincoln Southwest

1st Place Match
Grand Island defeated Millard South 33-29.

3rd Place Match
Kearney defeated Omaha Burke 42-20.

5th Place Match
Omaha North defeated Papillion-LaVista 39-30.

7th Place Match
Hastings defeated Lincoln Southwest 45-27.

Class B Results

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