Published Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 5:26 pm / Updated at 5:41 pm
Sueflohn, Green finish second for NU

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Nebraska wrestlers Jake Sueflohn and James Green finished as runners-up at the Big Ten championships, each getting pinned in Sunday afternoon's finals.

Teammates Robert Kokesh and Josh Ihnen finished third and fourth in their respective weight classes as the Huskers took seventh place with 61 points. Penn State, which had individual champions in consecutive weight classes from 165 to 197, won its third straight team title with 151 points, followed by Minnesota with 139. Iowa was third with 133.5.

Green was on the verge of winning the 157-pound class as he faced Northwestern's Jason Welch in the final.

Green, who won a 9-8 decision in January to hand Welch his only loss this season, led 2-1 after a takedown with 35 seconds left in the second period. Green increased that lead to 4-1 with a reversal with 1:25 left in the third period, but Welch quickly got a reversal to make it 4-3.

In the final minute, Welch was able to get Green on his back and recorded a pin with 22 seconds left.

Sueflohn was pinned in the second round at the 3:37 mark by Minnesota's Dylan Ness, the NCAA runner-up at 149 last season.

Kokesh responded after his loss in the quarterfinals Saturday with four consecutive wins to finish third in 174. Kokesh's final win Sunday was a 4-3 decision over Illinois' Jordan Blanton, who had beaten Kokesh on Saturday.

Ihnen, who had lost in the 184-pound semifinals Saturday night, went 1-1 Sunday. He earned a 3-0 decision over Ohio State's C.J. Magrum before losing to Iowa's Ethen Lofthouse 8-1 in the third-place match.

The only other Husker to place was 133-pound Shawn Nagel, who finished eighth.

The Hawkeyes, who went 8-0 in Big Ten duals this season, was in the thick of the team race before all four of their wrestlers in the championship round lost.

Team scoring: Penn State 151, Minnesota 139, Iowa 133.5, Ohio State 109.5, Illinois 85.5, Michigan 75, Nebraska 61, Northwestern 56, Purdue 38, Wisconsin 37, Indiana 30.5, Michigan State 22.

Nebraska place matches (final place in parentheses): 133 pounds: Rossi Bruno, Mich, dec. Shawn Nagel, Neb, 5-2 (eighth). 149: Dylan Ness, Minn, pinned Jake Sueflohn, Neb, 3:37 (second). 157: Jason Welch, North, pinned James Green, Neb, 6:38 (second). 174: Robert Kokesh, Neb, dec. Jordan Blanton, Ill, 4-3 (third). 184: Ethen Lofthouse, Iowa, dec. Josh Ihnen, Neb, 8-1 (fourth).

Iowa place matches: 125: Jesse Delgago, Ill, dec. Matt McDonough, Iowa, 10-4. 133: Logan Stieber, OS, dec. Tony Ramos, Iowa, 3-1 SV (second). 141: Hunter Stieber, OS, dec. Mark Ballweg, Iowa, 8-3 (second). 157: Derek St. John, Iowa, dec. Josh Demas, OS, 3-2 (third). 165: Cody Yohn, Minn, dec. Nick Moore, Iowa, 6-1 (fourth). 174: Matt Brown, PS, dec. Mike Evans, Iowa, 7-3 (second). 184: Ethen Lofthouse, Iowa, dec. Josh Ihnen, Neb, 8-1 (third). 197: Mario Gonzalez, Ill, dec. Nathan Burak, Iowa, 3-2 (fourth). Hwt: Bobby Telford, Iowa, dec. Connor Medbury, Wis, 5-2 (third).



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