LINCOLN, Neb. – Taylor Lujan knocked off his highest ranked opponent of the season, but No. 14 UNI wrestling fell to No. 11 Nebraska, 22-12.
UNI falls to 2-3 overall (2-0 in Big 12). Nebraska is now 7-2 overall and is 1-1 in the Big Ten.
At 125 pounds, Jay Schwarm kept the match tight against two-time All-American Zeke Moisey. Nebraksa got the early lead with a takedown in the first period and a reversal late in the second. Down 4-0 to start the third, Schwarm got a takedown late in the period, but riding time pushed Moisey up 5-2 over Schwarm for the early team lead for Nebraska.
Jack Skudlarczyk sparked a three-match win streak with a sudden victory win at 133 pounds for UNI. Nebraska pulled JevonParrish's redshirt to face Skudlarczyk. Skudlarczyk trailed 6-3 to start the third period but got an escape and a late takedown to tie it up with 30 seconds left in the match and send it into sudden victory. Skudlarczyk got the takedown needed for the 8-6 decision.
A penalty point against Nebraska for hands to the face gave UNI's No. 8 Josh Alber a 1-0 lead after the first period against No. 20 Chad Red Jr. in the 141-pound match. Alber's two takedowns propelled him to a 6-4 decision over Nebraska's All-American to give UNI its first lead in team scoring. Red was seventh at last year's national championships.
No. 8 Max Thomsen was the first to strike at 149 pounds and led the entire match to beat Collin Purinton, 10-4.
The Panthers' three-match win streak ended at 157 pounds. No. 12 Bryce Steiert and No. 6 Isaiah White traded escapes at 165 pounds, but White's riding time gave him the 2-1 decision for Nebraska.
UNI took back the momentum at 174 pounds. A takedown early in the first period helped Taylor Lujan rack up riding time. His 10-5 decision over Nebraska's No. 9 Mikey Labriola was the highest ranked wrestler Lujan has beaten this year.
UNI dropped the final three matches to secure the win for Nebraska. The Panthers continue to lead the series with the Huskers, 29-17-1.
Nebraska is coached by former UNI coach Mark Manning. He was with UNI for three seasons from 1997 to 2000 and compiled a 23-24-2 dual record and produced UNI's last NCAA champion, Tony Davis in 2000.
#11 Nebraska 22, #14 UNI 12
- 125: #14 Zeke Moisey (NU) dec. Jay Schwarm (UNI), 5-2
- 133: Jack Skudlarczyk (UNI) dec. Jevon Parrish (NU), 8-6 SV1
- 141: #8 Josh Alber (UNI) dec. #20 Chad Red (NU), 6-4
- 149: #8 Max Thomsen (UNI) dec. Collin Purinton (NU), 11-4
- 157: #2 Tyler Berger (NU) tech fall Patrick Schoenfelder (UNI), 20-4 (3:50)
- 165: #6 Isaiah White (NU) dec. #12 Bryce Steiert (UNI), 2-1
- 174: #8 Taylor Lujan (UNI) dec. #9 Mikey Labriola (NU), 10-5
- 184: #5 Taylor Venz (NU) dec. #6 Drew Foster (UNI), 8-6
- 197: #11 Eric Schultz (NU) dec. Tyrell Gordon (UNI), 6-3
- 285: #14 David Jensen (NU) tech fall Izaak Shedenhelm (UNI), 17-2 (6:34)
UNI will travel to No. 5 Missouri for a 7 p.m. Jan. 17 matchup.