Six Husker wrestlers qualify
Six Husker wrestlers qualified for the 2013 NCAA Championships after the brackets were announced on Wednesday.
2012 All-American James Green will be making his second NCAA appearance at 157 pounds after a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday. The sophomore is the No. 4 seed and will face Missouri's Kyle Bradley in the first round. Green is 20-4 this season and compiled an 11-2 dual record.
Robert Kokesh (174) also earned a No. 4 seed and will wrestle Penn's Ian Korb in the first round. Kokesh, a sophomore, qualified for the 2012 NCAA Championships at 165 pounds and went 2-2. He leads the Huskers in several categories, including victories (33), dual wins (15), pins (8) and major decisions (9). Kokesh finished third at the Big Ten Championships.
Senior Josh Ihnen will be making his fourth NCAA appearance after finishing eighth at 184 pounds last season. He is the No. 8 seed after a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships and is set to grapple NDSU's MacKain Stoll in the first round. Ihnen is 24-6 and leads the team in technical falls with six in 2012-13.
Sophomore Jake Sueflohn will be the No. 9 seed at 149 pounds after a 22-5 season. Sueflohn earned runner-up honors at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday and will face Pittsburgh's Ronnie Garbinsky in the first round of the NCAA Championships. Sueflohn is making his second NCAA appearance after going 1-2 last season at 141 pounds.
Two Huskers earned at-large berths to the NCAA Championships: Ridge Kiley (141) and Caleb Kolb (197). Kiley, a senior, will make his third consecutive NCAA appearance, facing No. 10-seed Charles Cobb of Penn in the first round. Kolb, a junior, will wrestle No. 4-seed Alfonso Hernandez of Wyoming in the opening round.
Last year at the NCAA Championships, Nebraska tied for 21st with 28 points. Eight Huskers qualified for the tournament as Ihnen and Green earned All-America honors.
The 2013 NCAA Championships will take place March 21-23 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
Husker Wrestling NCAA Qualifiers
141: Ridge Kiley (at-large)
149: #9 Jake Sueflohn (2nd at Big Ten)
157: #4 James Green (2nd at Big Ten)
174: #4 Robert Kokesh (3rd at Big Ten)
184: #8 Josh Ihnen (4th at Big Ten)
197: Caleb Kolb (at-large)
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