An early pin, and two late bonus-point victories, pushed the No. 19 Nebraska wrestling team past No. 22 Purdue at the Devaney Sports Center on Friday night, giving the Huskers their second Big Ten dual win of the season.
“In this sport, you have to have an edge,” Nebraska coach Mark Manning said after the 20-15 win. “I think we found that.”
That edge came early on, as Eric Schultz pinned Purdue’s Kobe Woods to gain six points for Nebraska and give the Huskers a 9-0 lead.
The win pushed Schultz’s dual record to 5-2 on the year.
“He was really sharp and fluid. He just wrestled with a ton of confidence tonight,” Manning said.
Despite the 9-0 lead early, Purdue won the next four matches against the Huskers.
Shawn Streck defeated David Jensen with two third-period takedowns to put the Boilermakers on the board 9-3.
A little drama came with the 125-pound match, as Devin Schroder beat Mitch Maginnis with a late takedown, and Nebraska got a team point pulled away for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Manning went to the scorer's table to have a word with the ref, and after that conversation, Nebraska was only up 8-6 in the dual.
A win by Ben Thorton gave Purdue the lead 9-8, and an upset win by Nate Limmex over Chad Red put Purdue out in front even further at 12-8.
Just when Nebraska needed bonus points, Colton McCrystal came to the rescue.
He scored 12 points in the third period alone to pick up a 21-6 technical fall over Koby Reyes, putting the Huskers back in front 13-12.
“I was just throwing everything at him,” McCrystal said, “I knew that I was going to be able to get a little reckless, and throw points on the board. That’s what happened, and I’m really glad I was able to push myself to get the tech fall.”
Tyler Berger and Isaiah White each won their matches to give NU a 20-12 lead and seal the Husker win.
“That’s what we expect out of those guys, they’ve been through the wars and obviously those guys did a great job tonight,” Manning said.
Nebraska travels to Northwestern next Friday at 7:00 p.m.