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Huskers Wrestlers Clinch Thrilling Victory Against SDSU, 21-17

Lincoln, NE – December 16, 2023 –

In an electrifying night of collegiate wrestling, the No. 8 Nebraska wrestling team showcased their might and determination, securing a hard-fought 21-17 win over No. 14 South Dakota State at the Devaney Center. The gripping encounter, which unfolded in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 2,401 fans, saw the Huskers cement their place as one of the top teams in the nation.

The evening kickstarted with an intense bout at 125, where No. 8 Caleb Smith demonstrated his skill and resilience. Facing No. 18 Tanner Jordan from SDSU, Smith turned the tables after an initial takedown by Jordan, rallying with a series of strategic moves to claim a 6-4 victory.

The momentum shifted slightly at 133, as Kyle Burwick conceded a 6-1 decision to SDSU’s No. 13 Derrick Cardinal. However, Nebraska’s spirit remained undeterred, with the team poised for a comeback.

It was No. 6 Brock Hardy at 141 who reignited the Husker fire, delivering a stunning first-period pin in just 2:06 against Caleb Gross. This victory propelled Nebraska into a 9-3 lead, setting the stage for more Husker dominance.

Top-ranked Ridge Lovett continued the Husker onslaught at 149, securing a 5-1 decision over Alek Martin. Lovett’s tactical prowess was on full display, accruing points steadily and keeping Martin at bay.

In the 157 class, No. 3 Peyton Robb showed why he’s one of the best in the nation, executing a flawless strategy against No. 16 Cael Swensen to earn a 6-0 decision. Robb’s control and agility were evident, preventing Swensen from scoring.

The 165 bout witnessed No. 24 Antrell Taylor outmaneuver No. 31 Tanner Cook in a tactical display, clinching a 7-1 decision. Taylor’s agility and quick thinking were critical in this victory, adding crucial points to the Husker tally.

Despite a tough fight at 174, Bubba Wilson narrowly fell to SDSU’s fourth-ranked Cade DeVos in a 4-2 decision. Yet, Nebraska’s fighting spirit remained unshaken.

No. 4 Lenny Pinto showcased his offensive skills at 184, dominating No. 23 Bennett Berge with an 8-2 decision. Pinto’s aggressive yet calculated approach paid dividends, further extending the Huskers’ lead.

In the 197 class, Brandyn Van Tassell faced a tough challenge against No. 6 Tanner Sloan, succumbing to a technical fall at 4:14.

The final bout of the night saw Silas Allred unfortunately fall to No. 15 Luke Rasmussen due to a medical forfeit, concluding the night’s events.

With this victory, Nebraska has set a high benchmark for the season. The team’s next challenge will be hosting Wyoming and Northern Iowa for a triangular on Saturday, Jan. 6, promising another day of top-tier wrestling action.

Final Score: #8 Nebraska 21, #14 South Dakota State 17

Nebraska wrestling fans, stay tuned for more exhilarating performances as the Huskers continue their quest for wrestling supremacy. Catch the next action live on Big Ten Plus, and let’s keep the Husker spirit soaring high!

#HuskersWrestling #Victory #NCAAWrestling #GoBigRed 🤼🔴🌽

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