Huskers Top Mountaineers 28-13
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Huskers Top Mountaineers 28-13

November 26, 2017

The 13th-ranked Nebraska wrestling squad won its first road dual of the season, defeating West Virginia 28-13 in Morgantown, West Virginia on Saturday.

The Huskers won six of the 10 matches in the dual, which started at 141 pounds.

Seventh-ranked Chad Red Jr. won by forfeit, giving Nebraska a 6-0 lead in team points.

At 149 pounds, Nebraska senior Colton McCrystal, ranked No. 5 in the weight class, trailed Kyler Rea of West Virginia 4-3 early in the third period. McCrystal scored an escape and takedown in the closing minutes to edge Rea, 6-4. McCrystal is now 6-0 on the season.

Sophomore Collin Purinton made his first career start at 157 pounds for the Huskers in place of returning All-American Tyler Berger. Purinton wrestled at 141 and 149 pounds last season.

Purinton led West Virginia’s Zach Moore 5-2 early in the second period, but Moore rallied to tie the match before the end of the period.

The two remained tied at the conclusion of the third period and went to sudden victory. Moore recorded a takedown in the extra period to win the match 8-6.

Nebraska led 9-3 after three matches.

Sophomore transfer Isaiah White, ranked No. 11 at 165 pounds, eased his way to a 17-7 major decision against Ryan Lopez of West Virginia. White, who said last week that a fast start is key to him winning, scored three takedowns in the first period. White totaled seven takedowns, as well as a reversal and an extra point for riding time.

At 174 pounds, Nebraska senior Eric Engler dropped his second straight dual match, losing to Nick Kiussis by decision, 7-1.

Nebraska redshirt freshman Taylor Venz continued his dominant start to the season with another bonus-point win at 184 pounds. Venz scored a reversal and two four-point near falls in the second period to defeat Brenden McRill by major decision 17-5.

Venz is now 6-0 on the season, with three wins coming by pin, two by technical fall and one by major decision.

As a team, the Huskers started their own streak of bonus-point victories with a technical fall at 197 pounds and a pin at heavyweight.

Nebraska redshirt freshman Eric Schultz (197) defeated Hunter DeLong 22-5 in 5:36. Sophomore David Jensen (HWT) recorded his first pin of the season, defeating Brandon Ngati in 3:17.

The Huskers led 28-6 with two matches left.

The Mountaineers won the final two matches of the dual at 125 and 133 pounds. Nebraska senior Mitchell Maginnis made his first career dual start, but lost to Devin Brown 9-5. Moutaineer Matthew Schmitt defeated Brian Peska by major decision, 10-2.

Nebraska will compete in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational in Las Vegas next Friday and Saturday.

Match Results

141: #7 Chad Red Jr. (NEB) wins by forfeit (NEB 6, WVU 0)

149: #5 Colton McCrystal (NEB) dec. Kyler Rea (WVU), 6-4 (NEB 9, WVU 0)

157: Zachary Moore (WVU) SV-1 Collin Purinton (NEB), 8-6 (NEB 9, WVU 3)

165: #11 Isaiah White (NEB) major dec. Ryan Lopez (WVU), 17-7 (NEB 13, WVU 3)

174: Nick Kiussis (WVU) dec. Eric Engler (NEB), 7-1 (NEB 13, WVU 6)

184: Taylor Venz (NEB) major dec. Brenden McRill (WVU), 17-5 (NEB 17, WVU 6)

197: Eric Schultz (NEB) tech. fall Hunter DeLong (WVU), 22-5 (NEB 22, WVU 6)

HWT: David Jensen (NEB) pin Brandon Ngati (WVU), 3:17 (NEB 28, WVU 6)

125: Devin Brown (WVU) dec. Mitchell Maginnis (NEB), 9-5 (NEB 28, WVU 9)

133: Matthew Schmitt (WVU) major dec. Brian Peska (NEB), 10-2 (NEB 28, WVU 13)

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