ITHACA, N.Y. — Nebraska was knocked out of the NWCA National Duals, falling to host Cornell 19-17 in Sunday’s regional final.
No. 10 Cornell advanced to the championship round next weekend in Minneapolis. The next event for the No. 13 Huskers is the Big Ten championships March 9 and 10.
Cornell never trailed, as it won the first three matches to take a 10-0 lead. NU won three of the next four to make it 16-11. Then Cornell got a big win at 184 pounds as Steve Bosak, ranked fourth nationally, earned a 3-0 decision over No. 8 Josh Ihnen.
Caleb Kolb and Spencer Johnson won decisions in the final two matches, but that left the Huskers two points short.
Earlier in the day, NU advanced to the regional final by beating 11th-ranked Virginia 28-8. The Cavaliers, who have seven ranked wrestlers, won the first two matches before the Huskers won the last eight.
Five Huskers — Kolb, Johnson, Jake Sueflohn, James Green and Robert Kokesh — went 2-0 on the day.
No. 13 NEBRASKA 28, NO. 11 VIRGINIA 8: 125 pounds: Matt Snyder, V, tech. fall Eric Coufal, 16-0. 133: George DiCamillo, V, dec. Shawn Nagel, 8-2. 141: Ridge Kiley, NU, dec. Joe Spisak, 5-0. 149: Jake Sueflohn, NU, dec. Derek Valenti, 2-0. 157: Brandon Wilbourn, NU, won by forfeit. 165: James Green, NU, dec. Nick Sulzer, 5-2. 174: Robert Kokesh, NU, dec. Jon Fausey, 7-4. 184: Josh Ihnen, NU, major dec. Stephen Doty, 11-3. 197: Caleb Kolb, NU, dec. Mike Salopek, 8-2. Hwt: Spencer Johnson, NU, dec. Derek Papagianopoulos, 8-2.
No. 10 CORNELL 19, No. 13 NEBRASKA 17: 125: Nahshon Garrett, C, major dec. Eric Coufal, 11-3. 133: Bricker Dixon, C, dec. Shawn Nagel, 3-2.l 141: Mike Nevinger, C, dec. Ridge Kiley, 6-2. 149: Jake Sueflohn, NU, major dec. Chris Villalonga, 12-3. 157: James Green, NU, dec. Jesse Shanaman, 5-2. 165: Kyle Dake, C, pinned Tyler Koehn, 3:57. 174: Robert Kokesh, NU, major dec. Marshall Peppelman, 13-3. 184: Steve Bosak, C, dec. Josh Ihnen, 3-0. 197: Caleb Kolb, NU, dec. Jace Bennett, 7-5. Hwt: Spencer Johnson, NU, dec. Stryker Lane, 5-2.