Published Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 11:38 pm
WRESTLING
Newcomers help Huskers sweep duals

PALO ALTO, Calif. — The eighth-ranked Nebraska wrestling team rolled to three victories Saturday at the Stanford Duals.

The Huskers defeated Utah Valley 36-6, No. 18 Stanford 28-12 and blanked CSU-Bakersfield 42-0.

“It was a good day. We won 25 out of 30 matches. We improved in some areas, and our confidence keeps growing,” said Nebraska coach Mark Manning, whose team improved to 5-0 in duals this season.

Six Huskers went 3-0 on the day, including 125-pound redshirt freshman Tim Lambert, who decisioned 11th-ranked Evan Silver of Stanford 6-1. Lambert came into the day ranked 15th.

Two other Husker newcomers continued their strong starts to the season.

TJ Dudley improved to 11-1 at 184 pounds. Two of his three wins Saturday were pins. And at 141, Anthony Abidin moved his record to 9-1 with a pin and a major decision among his victories.

James Green (157) and Robert Kokesh (174), both ranked fourth nationally, remained unbeaten with three wins apiece.

Kokesh pinned 15th-ranked Bryce Hammond of CSU-Bakersfield in the second period, while Green had a pair of major decisions among his wins.

Jake Sueflohn, ranked fifth at 149, also went 3-0 as he recorded a technical fall and two major decisions.

Nebraska picked up three wins at 197 pounds as Caleb Kolb won twice and Spencer Johnson earned a decision over Stanford’s Michael Sojka.

Manning called the wins at Stanford “a good rehearsal” for next weekend’s Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas.

“To win there, you might have to win three times on Friday and a couple more times Saturday,” he said, “so to wrestle three times today was good for our guys.”

Nebraska 36, Utah Valley 6: 125 pounds: Tim Lambert, NU, dec. Bracken Nipko, 11-5; 133: Chasen Tolbert, UV, dec. Ben Morgan, 16-13; 141: Anthony Abidin, NU, dec. Avery Garner, 12-7; 149: Jake Sueflohn, NU, major dec. Trevor Willson, 12-1; 157: James Green, NU, inj. def. over Chase Cuthbertson; 165: Austin Wilson, NU, tech. fall Logan Addis, 16-0; 174: Robert Kokesh, NU, won by forfeit; 184: TJ Dudley, NU, pinned Ethan Smith, 5:52; 197: Caleb Kolb, NU, dec. Derek Thomas, 3-2; HWT: Adam Fager, UV, dec. Collin Jensen, 7-5.

Nebraska 28, Stanford 12: 125 pounds: Tim Lambert, NU, dec. Evan Silver, 6-1; 133: Ryan Mango, Stan, pinned Colton McCrystal, 1:32; 141: Anthony Abidin, NU, pinned Matt Garelli, 4:43; 149: Jake Sueflohn, NU, major dec. Donovan Halpin, 10-1; 157: James Green, NU, major dec. Bret Baumbach, 13-5; 165: Jim Wilson, Stan, dec. Austin Wilson, 4-1; 174: Robert Kokesh, NU, tech. fall Zach Nevills, 18-3; 184: TJ Dudley, NU, dec. Thomas Kimbrell, 6-1; 197: Spencer Johnson, NU, dec. Michael Sojka, 6-3; HWT: Josh Marchok, Stan, dec. Collin Jensen, 10-6.

Nebraska 42, CSU-Bakersfield 0: 125 pounds: Tim Lambert, NU, major dec. Sergio Mendez, 16-2; 133: Colton McCrystal, NU, dec. Jose Mendoza, 7-5; 141: Anthony Abidin, NU, major dec. Ian Nickell, 15-5; 149: Jake Sueflohn, NU, tech. fall Dalton Kelley, 19-4; 157: James Green, NU, major dec. Spencer Hill, 15-5; 165: Austin Wilson, NU, dec. David Meza, 6-2; 174: Robert Kokesh, NU, pinned Bryce Hammond, 4:07; 184: TJ Dudley, NU, pinned Sean Pollock, 2:22; 197: Caleb Kolb, NU, dec. Reuben Franklin, 10-3; HWT: Collin Jensen, NU, major dec. Sammy Cervantes, 12-2.

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