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Nebraska tops Oregon State

LINCOLN -- The No. 2 Nebraska wrestling team scored bonus points in five matches and won eight of nine bouts overall to defeat Oregon State (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12) 32-3 in front of 1,278 fans at the Devaney Center on Friday night.

No. 6 Mikey Labriola (174) started the night off in dominant fashion, racking up six takedowns and eight near-fall points to defeat Colton Beisley by technical fall, 20-5. No. 5 Taylor Venz (184) picked up right where Labriola left off, picking up a 9-0 major decision over Colt Doyle. No. 10 Eric Schultz (197) gave the Huskers three consecutive bonus-point victories to start the evening when he replicated Labriola's 20-5 technical fall victory against the Beavers' J.J. Dixon.

The night's most exciting match took place at heavyweight. No. 15 Christian Lance (HWT) led JaMarcus Grant 3-1 late in the third period when Grant earned a one-point escape and two-point takedown to seize a 4-3 lead. Lance responded with a takedown as time expired. An official's review confirmed the takedown, and Lance was victorious by decision, 5-4.

Action then shifted to the lighter weights. A double forfeit was declared at 125 as NU's Alex Thomsen was too ill to wrestle and Oregon State's Brandon Kaylor suffered a concussion only days previously. Devan Turner used takedowns in the first and third periods to top No. 10 Ridge Lovett (133), 6-2. Returning All-American No. 6 Chad Red Jr. (141) earned a 6-2 decision of his own, topping Beaver grappler Grant Willits. No. 12 Collin Purinton (149) gave up a reversal after taking down Lane Stigall in the first period, but did not look back after that, earning an 8-4 decision.

The final two bouts of the night saw the Big Red rack up more bonus points. No. 14 Peyton Robb (157) scored 10 points in the first period on his way to a technical fall victory over Logan Meek before returning All-American No. 4 Isaiah White (165) used riding time and six third-period points to earn a major decision victory over Aaron Olmos.

Head Coach Mark Manning was pleased with his team's performance: "I wasn't surprised with how we wrestled [tonight]," Manning said. "We had some really good practices this week and our guys got really focused [even with it being finals week]. I was really proud with how they handled practice [this week], and that comes from the leadership of our team."

NU (5-0, 0-0 Big Ten) will have a few weeks off from competition for the semester break before returning to action at No. 8 Wisconsin on Jan. 12. That dual meet will take place at the UW Field House in Madison, Wis., beginning at 2 p.m.

Results:
174: #6 Mikey Labriola (NEB) tech. fall Colton Beisley (OSU) 20-5 (NEB 5, OSU 0)
184: #5 Taylor Venz (NEB) major dec. #20 Colt Doyle (OSU) 9-0 (NEB 9, OSU 0)
197: #10 Eric Schultz (NEB) tech. fall J.J. Dixson (OSU) 21-5 (NEB 14, OSU 0)
HWT: #15 Christian Lance (NEB) dec. Jamarcus Grant (OSU) 5-4 (NEB 17, OSU 0)
125: Double Forfeit (NEB 17, OSU 0)
133: #30 Devan Turner (OSU) dec. #10 Ridge Lovett (NEB) 6-2 (NEB 17, OSU 3)
141: #6 Chad Red Jr. (NEB) dec. #17 Grant Willits (OSU) 6-2 (NEB 20, OSU 3)
149: #12 Collin Purinton (NEB) dec. Lane Stigall (OSU) 8-4 (NEB 23, OSU 3)
157: #14 Peyton Robb (NEB) tech. fall #32 Logan Meek (OSU) 16-1 (NEB 28, OSU 3)
165: #4 Isaiah White (NEB) major dec. Aaron Olmos (OSU) 10-2 (NEB 32, OSU 3)

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