Photo by Pat Radigan
133: Renteria — Pin (1:48)
141: Red — Pin (3:22)
149: McCrystal — Pin (3:17)
165: White — Pin (1:21)
184: Venz — Tech Fall (18-0)
197: Schultz — Maj Dec (16-3)
Story by Pat Radigan
Four pins slam the door on NU’s first Big Ten win
Friday night’s dual ended with a tiebreaker costing No. 16 Nebraska the decision.
On Sunday, the Huskers left little doubt in a 48-3 beatdown of Maryland to end a streak of three-straight defeats. The 48 points is the most in nearly 10 years, and made Nebraska’s first conference win an emphatic one behind four pins, a technical fall, a major decision and a the first-career dual victory for Husker Mitch Maginnis.
The quickest pin came in the first match, when No. 10 Isaiah White hit what he called the “He-Man move” to pin Brendan Burnham in 81 seconds. That win put NU up 18-0 early thanks to a pair of walk-over wins, before No. 6 Taylor Venz put on a show for the home fans.
It wasn’t a pin, but Venz nearly put Niko Cappello on four separate occasions. It started with a two-point nearfall, and culminated with a third and final four-point nearfall in the second period to end the match as an 18-0 technical fall 3:40 into the match. Husker Eric Schultz did his best to match Venz, but fell a few points shy and had to ‘settle’ for a 16-3 major decision in the next match at 197 pounds.
Maryland’s Youssif Hemida (ranked No. 10) won the only match for the Terps at heavyweight, then Maginnis won 9-4 at 125 thanks to a late takedown and officially put the match out of reach with NU up 30-3.
That set the stage for three pins in just 8:27 of action to end the dual with a bang.
The first came from Jason Renteria, who was making his varsity debut for the Huskers. Maryland’s Danny Bertoni made his collegiate debut, and lost the battle of the newcomers when Renteria put away the pin with 1:12 left in the first period.
No. 8 Chad Red Jr. was the first to get a pin in the second period, when he flipped Ryan Diehl 22 seconds into the period. Red was up 2-1 after surrendering a penalty point in the first period, and quickly earned an escape and the final takedown before the pin. The final pin also came in the second period, when No. 8 Colton McCrystal also earned a quick escape and pin, beating Red by 5 seconds to wrap up his match in 3:17.
The win is the largest margin of victory since Nebraska beat Augustana University 50-0 in 2008.
Next for Nebraska is another home dual, when Purdue comes to Devaney next Friday for a 7 p.m. matchup. The Huskers are currently ranked No. 16 in the Intermat rankings, and sit at No. 20 in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches poll. Purdue is unranked by Intermat, but comes in at No. 24 in the coaches poll.