LINCOLN — The Nebraska and Arizona State wrestling teams fought back and forth Saturday night.
The final two matches ended up securing the victory for the No. 9 Huskers as they defeated the Sun Devils 18-12 in front of 778 at the NU Coliseum.
With the final score in doubt, Austin Wilson edged Parker Madl 2-0 at 165 pounds and Robert Kokesh got an 8-3 decision victory over ASU’s Blake Stauffer at 174. The sophomore Kokesh improved to 13-1 on the season.
Senior 184-pounder Josh Ihnen started off the night with a 6-2 decision over Kevin Radford. The match was between ranked opponents with Ihnen standing at No. 6 and Radford No. 20.
The Sun Devils responded to the early loss with three consecutive wins in the 197, heavyweight and 125-pound classifications.
Down 9-3, the Huskers bounced back with three wins of their own. Shawn Nagel won a 133 pounds and Ridge Kiley earned the first takedown of the night on his way to a 9-3 decision victory over Matt Kraus in the sixth match of the night.
Jake Sueflohn, the No. 10-ranked wrestler at 149 pounds, earned his 12th win of the season with a 7-1 decision over Nathan Hoffer.
Codey Combs knotted things up at 12 for Arizona State with a 1-0 win over NU’s Ross Grande before Wilson and Kokesh sealed the match with their victories.
No. 9 Nebraska 18, Arizona State 12
184 pounds: Josh Ihnen, Neb., dec. Kevin Radford, ASU, 6-2
197: Jake Meredith, ASU, dec. Caleb Kolb, Neb., 1-0
HWT: Levi Cooper, ASU, dec. Donny Longendyke, Neb., 3-0
125: Dalton Miller, ASU, dec. Eric Coufal, Neb., 9-5
133: Shawn Nagel, Neb., dec. Trevor Wilson, ASU, 4-0
141: Ridge Kiley, Neb., dec. Matt Kraus, ASU, 9-3)
149: Jake Sueflohn, Neb., dec. Nathan Hoffer, ASU, 7-1
157: Codey Combs, ASU, dec. Ross Grande, Neb., 1-0
165: Austin Wilson, Neb., dec. Parker Madl, ASU, 2-0
174: Robert Kokesh, Neb., dec. Blake Stauffer, ASU, 8-3