CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Eighth-ranked Nebraska improved to 11-1 in duals this season as the Huskers earned a 22-13 victory over No. 17 Illinois on Saturday afternoon.
Nebraska won four of the dual’s first five matches to build a 15-4 lead. Illinois pulled within 18-13 entering the final match, but freshman Colton McCrystal secured NU’s win by earning a 12-3 major decision over John Fahy at 141 pounds.
James Green, ranked No. 1 at 157, remained unbeaten as he decisioned 13th-ranked Zac Brunson 10-3. At 174, Robert Kokesh moved his season record to 27-1 with an 18-2 win over Tony Dallago. It was Kokesh’s 95th career win as a Husker.
At 149, NU’s Jake Sueflohn had to rally to win his 12th straight match. Sueflohn trailed 3-1 after two periods before getting a takedown and tacking on a riding time point for a 4-3 win over Caleb Ervin.
Illinois got a win in the only head-to-head matchup of top 10 opponents as No. 3 Jesse Delgado, the defending national champion at 125 pounds, edged No. 9 Tim Lambert 3-1 in overtime. Six of Lambert’s seven losses this season have been by two points or less.
Nebraska returns to action Friday against Michigan in the Huskers’ final home date of the season.
125 pounds: Jesse Delgado, UI, dec. Tim Lambert, 3-1, OT. 133: Zane Richards, UI, dec. Shawn Nagel, 4-2. 141: Colton McCrystal, NU, major dec. John Fahy, 12-3. 149: Jake Sueflohn, NU, dec. Caleb Ervin, 4-3. 157: James Green, NU, dec. Zac Brunson, 10-3. 165: Jackson Morse, UI, major dec. Austin Wilson, 17-4. 174: Robert Kokesh, NU, tech. fall Tony Dallago, 18-2. 184: TJ Dudley, NU, major dec. Nikko Reyes, 10-1. 197: Mario Gonzalez, UI, dec. Caleb Kolb, 3-2, OT. HWT: Collin Jensen, NU, dec. Chris Lopez, 3-1.