Grapplers lose 34-6 to #15 Nebraska
GREELEY, Colo. -- Brandon Kammerzell was asked by his coaches to wrestle up a weight on Friday evening when Northern Colorado took on #15 Nebraska and the junior responded admirably, winning an 8-3 decision at 174 pounds for one of two wins on the night for the Bears.
Junior Casey Cruz was also victorious, winning an 8-2 decision over Mike Koehnlein at 141 pounds for the Bears' six team points.
"We talked to them in the locker room about how there's always negatives, but tonight there were a lot more positives we were able to focus on," said Head Coach Ben Cherrington. "We wrestled with a lot of heart up and down the line, which is something you can't teach but something you always hope to see and we saw that tonight. We saw guys giving themselves chances to win against guys that were probably better wrestlers than them in some cases. It was an encouraging night. We saw a lot of technique we've been working on in the room and we saw them executing it and we also saw a lot of things that we need to address. So I think we take a lot of experiences from tonight."
Nebraska won bonus points at 165, 184, 197, 285 and 133 pounds.
The match began at 165 pounds with second-ranked Jordan Burroughs pinning NC senior Rocco DePaolo in just 43 seconds. DePaolo wrestled up two weight classes for the Bears and is often inserted at different weights as he has competed at four different brackets in his career.
Kammerzell then won at 174 pounds fr the 6-3 score. The Huskers won the next five bouts before Cruz won his decision at 141 pounds for the 28-6 team score.
The Bears next compete at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 19, the final competition of the calendar year.
165 –#2 Jordan Burroughs (NU) fall Rocco DePaolo, 0:43
174 –Brandon Kammerzell (NC) dec. Jared Gubbets, 8-3
184 –#10 Josh Ihnen (NU) major dec. Eric Brennan, 13-4
197 –Andy Johnson (NU) tech fall Nick Bayer, 18-2 (4:43)
285 –#8 Tucker Lane (NU) fall Konner Knudtsen, 2:23
125 –Dave Klingsheim (NU) dec. Sam Bauer, 5-3
133 –Ridge Kiley (NU) major dec. Michael Balagna, 14-3
141 –Casey Cruz (NC) dec Mike Koehnlein, 8-2
149 –Ross Grande (NU) dec. Jacob Milewski, 7-3
157 –Cody Compton (NU) dec. Rodney Dollar, 7-4