Nebraska moved five wrestlers into Saturday’s semifinals at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas.
The Huskers, who went 5-2 in the quarterfinals, also are second in the team standings with 75 points. Oklahoma leads the 33-team field with 84.5 points. Iowa State scored 31 points and is in 11th place as the Cyclones’ lone semifinalist is Michael Moreno at 165 pounds.
Nebraska was led by its three highest-ranked wrestlers on Friday. James Green, the top seed at 157 pounds and ranked fourth nationally, decisioned Iowa State’s John Nicholson 7-3 in the quarterfinals.
Robert Kokesh had three decisive wins at 174, including a 14-2 quarterfinal win over Iowa State’s Lelund Weatherspoon. The fourth-ranked Kokesh, who won the 174-pound division in Las Vegas last year, is on track for a finals showdown with top-ranked Andrew Howe of Oklahoma.
Jake Sueflohn, ranked sixth nationally, easily won his three matches at 149 pounds.
But Nebraska’s best quarterfinal win was at 184 where freshman T.J. Dudley rallied from 7-2 down in the third period to upset Ohio State’s Kenny Counts 9-8.
Anthony Abidin at 141 moved on with a 7-4 decision over Harvard’s Todd Preston.
Austin Wilson (165) and Collin Jensen (HWT) lost their quarterfinal matches.