CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Jake Sueflohn and James Green were seeded fourth entering the Big Ten championships, but both are one win away from conference titles.
Sueflohn at 149 pounds and Green at 157 advanced Saturday to the finals, defeating ranked wrestlers along the way.
The championship round will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
Nebraska is seventh in the team standings with 52 points. Defending national champion Penn State leads with 123 points, followed by Minnesota with 112.5 and Iowa with 109. Penn State, Minnesota and Iowa all have four wrestlers in the finals.
Sueflohn, who is ranked 10th nationally at 149, earned a 10-6 win over 13th-ranked Andrew Alton of Penn State in the quarterfinals before picking up an 11-5 decision over Ohio State’s Ian Paddock in the semifinals. In the quarterfinals, Paddock upset top-seeded Eric Grajales of Michigan 7-4.
Sueflohn, who finished fifth at the Big Ten meet last season, will face sixth-ranked Dylan Ness of Minnesota in the final. It will be their first matchup this season.
Green, though, is very familiar with his opponent in the 157-pound final.
Green will face Northwestern’s Jason Welch. Green handed Welch his only loss this season, a 9-8 decision in January. Last season, Welch decisioned Green 2-1 at the national tournament.
On Saturday, Green advanced to the final with a 5-4 decision over top-seeded Derek St. John of Iowa. St. John had decisioned Green at the Big Ten meet last season as well as last month in a dual.
St. John and Welch are ranked first and second in the nation at 157. Green came into the tournament ranked sixth.
The Huskers had one other wrestler in the semifinals. Josh Ihnen reached the semis at 184 before he lost a 10-2 decision to Minnesota’s Kevin Steinhaus. Two of Ihnen’s five losses this season are to Steinhaus.
Iowa’s four wrestlers in the final round are Matt McDonough (125), Tony Ramos (133), Mark Ballweg (141) and Mike Evans (174).
McDonough, a 2012 national champion and ranked second nationally this season, faces fourth-ranked Jesse Delgado of Illinois in the 125-pound final, while Ramos squares off with Ohio State’s Logan Stieber — they are the top-ranked wrestlers at 133,
Evans will face Penn State’s Matt Brown in the 174 final.
Team scoring: Penn State 123, Minnesota 112.5, Iowa 109, Ohio State 92, Illinois 73.5, Michigan 61, Nebraska 52, Northwestern 50, Purdue 28, Indiana 26.5, Wisconsin 26, Michigan State 17.
Nebraska results: 125 pounds: Jesse Delgado, Ill, pinned Eric Coufal, Neb, 4:10; Nikko Triggas, OS, pinned Coufal, :53. 133: Rossi Bruno, Mich, dec. Shawn Nagel, Neb, 5-3; Nagel dec. Cashe Quiroga, Pur, 10-9; Chris Dardanes, Minn, dec. Nagel, 6-5. 141: Mark Ballweg, Iowa, dec. Ridge Kiley, Neb, 6-1; Thomas Kelliher, Wis, dec. Kiley, 5-1. 149: Jake Sueflohn, Neb, dec. Andrew Alton, PS, 10-6; Sueflohn dec. Ian Paddock, OS, 11-5. 157: James Green, Neb, major dec. Taylor Walsh, Ind, 15-5; Green dec. Derek St. John, Iowa, 5-4. 165: Mark Martin, OS, dec. Austin Wilson, Neb, 6-2; Ryan LeBlanc, Ind, dec. Wilson, 9-2. 174: Jordan Blanton, Ill, dec. Robert Kokesh, Neb, 8-2; Kokesh major dec. Cheney Dale, Ind, 13-2; Kokesh dec. Chad Welch, Pur, 7-3. 184: Josh Ihnen, Neb, major dec. Chris Heald. Mich, 13-2; Ihnen dec. Tony Dallago, Ill, 7-5; Kevin Steinhaus, Minn, major dec. Ihnen, 10-2. 197: Nathan Burak, Iowa, by sudden victory over Caleb Kolb, Neb, 4-3; Braden Atwood, Pur, dec. Kolb, 4-0. HWT: Ben Apland, Mich, dec. Spencer Johnson, Neb, 8-2; Jimmy Lawson, PS, major dec. Johnson 13-5.