LAS VEGAS — Nebraska junior James Green edged Brian Realbuto of Cornell 6-5 to win the 157-pound division at the Cliff Keen Invitational on Saturday.
The Huskers went 1-4 in the finals after winning all five of their semifinal matches Saturday morning. Still, the five finalists helped Nebraska amass 130.5 points as the Huskers finished second in the team standings. Oklahoma had three champions and won the 33-team event with 154.5 points.
Green, the top seed at 157, led 4-3 through two periods against Realbuto. Realbuto tied it up before Green got a decisive takedown.
In one of the day’s most anticipated finals, Nebraska’s Robert Kokesh, who is ranked fourth nationally at 174, fell 3-2 to top-ranked Andrew Howe of Oklahoma.
After they traded escapes, the match was tied 1-1 midway through the third period when Howe was able to get a takedown. It was the first loss of the season for Kokesh, who placed third at nationals last season.
Husker freshman TJ Dudley turned in an impressive weekend as he reached the final at 184 before losing a 13-3 decision to Cornell’s Gabe Dean, who is ranked 12th nationally.
NU sophomore Anthony Abidin, a junior college transfer, lost his 141-pound final 16-1 to Ohio State’s Logan Stieber. Stieber was the NCAA champion at 133 pounds last season.
Jake Sueflohn followed in the 149 final and lost to Oklahoma’s Kendric Maple 8-3. Sueflohn trailed 2-1 after the first period and 5-1 heading to the third.
Overall, seven of Nebraska’s 10 wrestlers placed at the invitational. Also placing for the Huskers were Austin Wilson, who went 5-2 on the weekend and finished fifth at 165, and freshman Colton McCrystal, who went 4-3 and finished eighth at 133.
Iowa State finished eighth with 62.5 points. The Cyclones had five wrestlers place, with Michael Moreno finishing runner-up at 165.