NU Notes: Huskers Halted by Boilermakers
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The No. 8 Nebraska wrestling team battled No. 18 Purdue to the end but ultimately it was the Boilermakers (6-2, 1-0 Big Ten) who secured an 18-15 triumph in front of 1,702 fans at the Devaney Center on Friday night.
The meet started at 125. Jeremiah Reno squared off against No. 5 Devin Schroder. Schroder tallied a takedown in all three periods and claimed the technical fall.
Alex Thomsen (133) then took on Purdue's Matt Ramos. Thomsen recorded an escape in the first period, but that was not enough as Ramos scored a takedown and an escape in the third period to record the 3-1 decision.
At 141, Tucker Sjomeling faced No. 25 Parker Filius in the third match of the night. Sjomeling recorded an escape in both the second and third period, but Filius tallied three takedowns and nearfall points in route to the 12-2 major decision.
No. 8 Ridge Lovett (149) put the Big Red back on track and recorded the first win for the Huskers (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) of the night. Lovett, who faced Purdue's Trey Kruse, attacked early with a takedown in the first period, while holding Kruse scoreless. In the final two periods, Lovett recorded two reversals, two more takedowns and secured the riding time point to grab the 10-3 decision.
Jevon Parrish got the start at 157 for the Huskers and continued the positive momentum. Parrish grappled Purdue's Cooper Noehre to a scoreless first period. In the second, Parrish tallied an escape and a takedown, but Noehre responded and the wrestlers entered sudden death. Parrish persevered and scored a takedown to claim the 5-3 victory.
Bubba Wilson (165) followed suit as he tallied the third Husker win of the night and first Big Ten victory of his career. Wilson took down Hayden Lohrey in the first period, while holding Lohrey scoreless. In the second period, Lohrey grabbed an escape point, but Wilson finished with an escape in the third on his way to a hard-fought 3-1 decision victory.
No. 3 Mikey Labriola's matchup with No. 21 Gerrit Nijenhuis at 174 was one of three bouts between ranked wrestlers on the evening. Nijenhuis attacked first with an early takedown, but Labriola responded with an escape. Labriola started the second period with another escape and a takedown of his own, but it was not enough as Nijenhuis tallied three points in the third period to claim the 6-4 decision.
Like Labriola, Taylor Venz (184) faced another ranked opponent in Purdue's No. 23 Max Lyon. Venz found himself down early as Lyon recorded a takedown in the first period and an escape in the second period, while holding Venz scoreless. In the third, Venz fought back with a takedown, but fell by decision, 7-2.
At 197, No. 3 Eric Schultz remained undefeated in dual matches this season and kept the Huskers in the match as he faced No. 15 Thomas Penola. Schultz scored two takedowns and an escape in route to his 5-2 victory by decision.
In the final bout of the day, No. 11 Christian Lance (285) battled Michael Woulfe with the Huskers trailing 18-12 overall. They wrestled a scoreless first period before Lance took the lead in the second period with an escape and a takedown. Woulfe responded with an escape, but Lance finished out the match in the third period with three takedowns and a reversal on his way to the 11-4 victory by decision.
Up next, the Big Red travel to No. 13 Minnesota (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten) to continue conference competition on Jan. 14. Wrestling from the Maturi Pavilion will begin at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast live on BTN and the Fox Sports App.
#8 Nebraska 15, #18 Purdue 18
125: No. 5 Devin Schroder (PUR) tech. fall Jeremiah Reno (NEB), 17-0 (NEB 0, PUR 5)
133: Matt Ramos (PUR) dec. Alex Thomsen (NEB), 3-1 (NEB 0, PUR 8)
141: No. 25 Parker Filius (PUR) maj. dec. Tucker Sjomeling (NEB), 12-2 (NEB 0, PUR 12)
149: No. 8 Ridge Lovett (NEB) dec. Trey Kruse (PUR), 10-3 (NEB 3, PUR 12)
157: Jevon Parrish (NEB) dec. Cooper Noehre, (PUR), 5-3 SV-1 (NEB 6, PUR 12)
165: Bubba Wilson (NEB) dec. Hayden Lohrey (PUR), 3-1 (NEB 9, PUR 12)
174: No. 21 Gerrit Nijenhuis (PUR) dec. No. 3 Mikey Labriola (NEB), 6-4 (NEB 9, PUR 15)
184: No. 23 Max Lyon (PUR) dec. No. 10 Taylor Venz (NEB), 7-2 (NEB 9, PUR 18)
197: No. 3 Eric Schultz (NEB) dec. No. 15 Thomas Penola (PUR), 5-2 (NEB 12, PUR 18)
HWT: No. 11 Christian Lance (NEB) dec. Michael Woulfe (PUR), 11-4 (NEB 15, PUR 18)
Huskers Claim Three Event Titles In Win Over Iowa State
The Nebraska women's gymnastics team claimed three event titles in their season opener against No. 20 Iowa State, winning 194.425-194.350.
Senior Kynsee Roby claimed the vault title, after matching her career-high score of 9.800. Sophomore Kinsey Davis added the uneven bars title with a 9.825.
Freshman Emma Spence made an impact in her collegiate debut, earning the all-around title.
The Huskers started on uneven bars with a team score of 48.600. Kathryn Thaler led NU off sticking her landing and earning a 9.725. Clara Colombo followed with the second stuck landing on the event and a 9.800. Making her collegiate debut, Emma Spence earned a 9.675. Kynsee Roby followed with a 9.150. Kinsey Davis notched a 9.825 and claimed the event title. Freshman Emma Simpton rounded out the rotation with a 9.575.
The Cyclones started off on vault and earned a team score of 48.575. Makayla Maxwell led ISU with a 9.775.
Nebraska kept its momentum going into the second rotation as the Huskers posted a 48.775 team score on vault. Kynsee Roby led NU with a 9.800, matching her career-high and earning the event title. Martina Comin followed closely with a 9.775. Kylie Piringer notched a 9.750 while Spence and Ayzhia Hall each earned a 9.725. Davis finished the rotation with a 9.650.
Iowa State had a strong performance on uneven bars earning a team score of 48.000. Maya Ford notched the high-score for the cyclones, finishing with a 9.800.
On floor, Piringer led the Huskers with a 9.775. Comin and Spence each notched a 9.750. Roby earned a 9.700 while Makayla Curtis recorded a 9.675. Ayzhia Hall finished with a 8.250 due to a fall. NU finished with a 48.650 on floor.
Meixi Semple led the Cyclones with a 9.800 on beam. The Cyclones earned a 48.200 on the event.
The Huskers finished on beam earning a team score of WHAT. Spence led the Huskers off with a 9.725. Curtis followed with a 9.750. Hall earned a 9.450 while Davis notched a 9.050. Thaler had a strong performance, earning a 9.700. Roby finished the night off with a 9.775.
The Cyclones finished on floor, earning a team score of 48.900. ISU was led by Laura Cooke and Maddie Diab, both earning a 9.900.
Two Huskers competed in the all-around competition. Emma Spence claimed the title, finishing with a 38.875. Kynsee Roby finished in second with
Nebraska opens up home competition on Saturday, Jan. 15 against No. 19 BYU. The meet is set to start at 6:30 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. It will be streamed live on BTN+.