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Lopers Pin MIAA Rival

Sophomore Zach Anderson posted a 6-4 win at 285 lbs. to help the top-ranked Nebraska-Kearney wrestling team rally past 18th-ranked Ashland (Ohio), 20-19, Sunday afternoon in Warrensburg, Mo.
Earlier in the day, UNK rolled past MIAA member Central Missouri, 37-9. These were the Lopers first two duals of the 2012-13 year.
Ashland came out strong, recording a fall and major decision to grab a 10-0 lead. UNK responded with four straight wins to lead by four and gain the momentum back.
Two of the victories were major decisions by Columbus natives Nick Ridgway (149 lbs.) and Austin Carmichael (165 lbs.). Ridgway, a sophomore, was filling in for top-ranked Raufeon Stots.
Moving up a weight, senior Chase Nelson (Wichita, Kans.) then posted a 10-8 decision over Jake Piatt at 174 lbs. The win came in “sudden victory.”
However, the Eagles grabbed the lead back thanks to a fall at 184 lbs. and 3-1 “sudden victory” by third-ranked Joe Brandt over seventh-ranked Matt Lenagh (Millard North) at 197 lbs.
Anderson (Clay Center, Kans.), a first-year transfer from Labette C.C., has been at 197 lbs. but moved up this weekend. Falling to Central Missouri’s Tim Tuaquoi by a 3-2 score earlier in the day, Anderson rebounded in a big way by beating sophomore Kurt Schaefer by two points to secure the dual.

Last year, Anderson was the national JUCO runner up at 197 lbs.

Against the Mules, Lenagh (4:59), Fiala (0:18), Nelson (5:14), Grand Island true freshman Andrew Riedy (2:29) and Kansas redshirt freshman Jake Gentzler (2:43) each posted falls.

On Saturday, several Lopers competed at the Midland U. Warrior Open in Fremont. Redshirt freshman Brett LaBudda (Lincoln SE) was runner up at 141 lbs. as he posted two majors before falling to Augustana’s Brandon Charbonneau.

Charbonneau reached the finals with a 3-2 decision over senior Brandon Rimpley (Kearney H.S.).

The Loper varsity heads to Springfield, Ill., next weekend for the National Duals. Pairings for that tournament will be released early this week. The non-varsity heads to Hastings Saturday for the Broncos open tournament.