Lopers Win In Omaha|
The 13th-ranked Nebraska-Kearney used three forfeits and won a couple of close decisions to beat Maryville University, 29-12, Thursday night at Millard South High School.
UNK (8-3) has now won five duals in a row while the second-year Saints from St. Louis, Mo., fall to 0-3. Maryville is led by former UNO head coach Mike Denney and this was his return to Omaha.
The dual started at 157 pounds where Lincoln redshirt freshman Chase White managed 2-1 overtime win. White and Joey Moorhouse each recorded an escape during regulation and, after a scoreless sudden victory period, White escaped again.
He then rode Moorhouse for 30 seconds to claim the win.
Columbus senior Austin Carmichael then followed with a 3-2 win over Christian Loges. Carmichael scored a first period takedown and escaped early in the third to give the Lopers a 6-0 lead.
Next, junior Patrick Martinez (Hemet, Calif.) improved to 4-0 as a UNK wrestler as he had four takedowns and a reversal at 174 lbs. Winning 11-5, Martinez also racked up 1:40 of riding time.
After forfeit wins for both teams at 184 and 197 lbs., senior Nick Bauman (Broomfield, Colo.) scored a last second takedown in the sudden victory period to edge Millard South grad Mario Denson, 3-1, at 285 lbs.
True freshman Connor Bolling (Central City) scored five more team points for the Lopers when he recorded an injury default win over Brandon Oshiro. Bolling took down the sophomore with 21 seconds left in the first period. Due to an ankle injury, Oshiro couldn’t continue.
Finally, the senior Raufeon Stots (Houston, Texas) took on sophomore Keenan Hagerty at 149 lbs. in a rematch of last year’s national championship match.
This time, Hagerty had the upper hand as he took down Stots with 1:16 left in the match to move ahead 3-1. He then scored two near fall points at the end of the match and picked up 1:14 in riding time.
UNK hosts Chadron State Saturday at 6:00 p.m.