On Sunday, the Nebraska wrestling team traveled to Cedar Falls, Iowa and defeated the No. 15 Northern Iowa Panthers, 23-19. The Huskers have now defeated back-to-back ranked opponents after defeating the No. 12 Wyoming Cowboys 28-7 on Friday.
For the second time in the last two duals, the Huskers lost the first two matches of the dual. In the 125-pound weight class redshirt freshman Alex Thomson squandered an early 6-2 lead and was pinned by No. 16 Jay Schwarm in the third round. Then, in the 133-pound weight class, freshman Ridge Lovett, who had his redshirt removed to compete in this match, was pummeled by Jack Skudlarczyk 8-2. After the first two matches of the dual, the Panthers led the Huskers 9-0.
In back-to-back duals, junior All-American No. 7 Chad Red Jr. was the one to provide a spark for the Huskers.Red Jr. scored a technical fall in less than three minutes, defeating Michael Blockhus 18-0 on Saturday.
In the 149-pound weight class, senior Collin Purinton went up against No. 3 Max Thomsen. After the match was back and forth, it went to a sudden victory period where Purinton got a takedown to win the match by a decision of 9-7.
Redshirt freshman Peyton Robb (157) and senior No. 4 Isaiah White (165) kept things going for the Huskers as both won their matches, with Robb pinning Keaton Geerts and White winning by a major decision of 13-5 over Austin Yant. After winning four consecutive matches, the Huskers led the Panthers 18-9.
In the next two matches, two of Nebraska’s All-Americans, No. 3 Mikey Labriola (174) and No. 3 Taylor Venz (184), were defeated, narrowing the Huskers’ lead to 18-16.
Getting the Huskers back on track in the 197-pound weight class, No. 11 Eric Schultz thrashed Noah Glaser 24-9, winning by a technical fall. This match gave the Huskers a 23-16 lead over the Panthers and with only one match remaining, it guaranteed the Huskers the victory in the dual.
Next up for the Huskers is a trip to Las Vegas to compete in the annual Cliff Keen Invitational on Dec. 6-7.