Tumble n' Rumble, 1.12

Nebraska wrestler Tyler Berger reacts after his win over Northern Iowa's Patrick Schoenfelder in the 157-pound match on Saturday during the annual Tumble N' Rumble event at Devaney Sports Center.

A tough stretch of duals continues for the Nebraska wrestling team, but that's life in the rugged Big Ten Conference.

The No. 7 (NWCA coaches' poll) Huskers will travel to Columbus, Ohio, for a dual against sixth-ranked Ohio State at 1 p.m. Sunday. It's the Huskers' first trip to Columbus since 2016.

Nebraska (11-4) recently competed in duals against No. 1 Penn State (Jan. 20), No. 3 Iowa (Feb. 3) and current No. 8 Minnesota (Feb. 8). NU lost to Penn State and Iowa before rebounding with last week's 21-18 win against the Gophers in Lincoln.

Ohio State, the 2018 national runner-up, enters Sunday's meet at 9-2. Its two losses have come against Penn State and No. 5 Michigan.

Nebraska leads the all-time series 8-4, but the Buckeyes have taken the past two meetings, including a 24-13 advantage in 2017.

Nebraska's Taylor Venz will see his toughest test of the season when he wrestles Myles Martin. The Buckeye 184-pounder is ranked No. 1 in the country. Venz is No. 6.

NU's Chad Red, ranked 20th, will see third-ranked Joey McKenna at 141 pounds, and the 157-pound match features the nation's Nos. 2 (NU's Tyler Berger) and 6 (Ke-Shawn Hayes) wrestlers.

Berger is one win away from entering the top 15 for career wins at Nebraska.

Sunday's match will mark the end of Big Ten competition for the Huskers before the March 9-10 Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis. NU will host Stanford of the Pac-12 on Feb. 23.


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