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No. 5 Nebraska beats No. 18 Arizona State, 25-15 on Senior Day in Lincoln

by Nebraska Athletics

Lenny Pinto (Nebraska) with arm raised in victory.
Lenny Pinto (Nebraska) with arm raised in victory. Photo by Karlie Moore, Nebraska Communications

Lincoln, Neb. - Behind a pin and two technical falls, the Nebraska wrestling team defeated Arizona State 25-15 on Senior Day in front of 2,684 fans at the Devaney Center.

The dual started with a top-ten matchup at 125, where No. 4 Liam Cronin used a takedown and four near-fall points in sudden victory to overcome No. 8 Brandon Courtney. After Period 3, the two had each only tallied an escape to be tied up 1-1. The effort in overtime gave Cronin the 7-1 decision to start the Huskers off strong.

Boo Dryden battled at 133, but was pinned by No. 4 Michael McGee in the first period. At 141, No. 5 Brock Hardy fell to Emilio Ysaguirre in a 10-4 decision. Ysaguirre struck first with a takedown and four near-fall points to grab the 6-0 lead. Hardy tallied an escape and a takedown to chip away and get within three, 6-3. Each wrestler recorded an escape to close the second period with a 7-4 score. In the final period, Ysaguirre earned three more points for a reversal and the riding time point.

Dayne Morton held tight with No. 5 Kyle Parco at 149, jumping out to a 2-1 lead in the second period with a takedown. Parco quickly regained the lead with a reversal. In the last two minutes, Parco claimed the riding time point to earn the 5-2 decision.

Top-ranked Peyton Robb remained undefeated as he dominated Max Wilner to win by technical fall within the first 10 seconds of the second period. Early in the bout, Robb recorded a pair of takedowns to go up 4-1. From there, Robb tallied 12 straight swipes to give him the 17-1 technical fall and bring the team score back within four points of Arizona State, 12-8.

Bubba Wilson continued the momentum at 165, defeating Tony Negron with a 3-1 decision. Wilson scored a takedown in the first period to go up 2-0. Negron had an escape in the second period, but Wilson pulled away again with a third-period escape.

Up next at 174, No. 2 Mikey Labriola tabbed a 9-6 decision over Cael Valencia to maintain his 24-0 record. In the first three minutes, Labriola had a pair of takedowns, while Valencia recorded two escapes. Labriola held on to a 6-4 advantage entering the final period after grabbing two escapes and allowing a takedown in the second period. A big takedown and the riding time point secured Nebraska's third-straight victory.

The momentum continued for the Huskers as No. 15 Lenny Pinto pinned No. 20 Anthony Montalvo in the first period. NU was then up 20-12 with two matches to go.

At 197, No. 10 Silas Allred continued to add to Nebraska's team total as he tallied a win by technical fall against Josh Nummer in the last five seconds of the third period. Allred recorded three takedowns, while Nummer collected two escapes. Taking a 6-2 lead into the second period, Allred extended his lead with a reversal and three takedowns. In the final period of the match, Allred took over, collecting five takedowns in less than two minutes, securing the 27-10 victory.

To wrap up the competition, Austin Emerson fell by decision 6-0, but the Huskers defeated ASU overall 25-15.

Up next, NU is set to compete at the 2023 Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., on March 4-5.

#5 Nebraska 25, #18 Arizona State 15
125: #4 Liam Cronin (NEB) dec. #8 Brandon Courtney (ASU) 7-1 SV-1 (NEB 3, ASU 0)

133: #4 Michael McGee (ASU) pinned Boo Dryden (NEB) (2:59) (ASU 6, NEB 3)

141: Emilio Ysaguirre (ASU) dec. #5 Brock Hardy (NEB) 10-4 (ASU 9, NEB 3)

149: #5 Kyle Parco (ASU) dec. Dayne Morton (NEB) 5-2 (ASU 12, NEB 3)

157: #1 Peyton Robb (NEB) tech. fall Max Wilner (ASU) 17-1 (3:09) (ASU 12, NEB 8)

165: Bubba Wilson (NEB) dec. Tony Negron (ASU) 3-1 (ASU 12, NEB 11)

174: #2 Mikey Labriola (NEB) dec. Cael Valencia (ASU) 9-6 (NEB 14, ASU 12)

184: #15 Lenny Pinto (NEB) pinned #20 Anthony Montalvo (ASU) (1:05) (NEB 20, ASU 12)

197: #10 Silas Allred (NEB) tech. fall Josh Nummer (ASU) 27-10 (NEB 25, ASU 12)

285: #5 Cohlton Schultz (ASU) dec. Austin Emerson (NEB) 6-0 (NEB 25, ASU 15)

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