LINCOLN, Neb. — The No. 7 Nebraska wrestling team defeated Michigan State 25-12 to earn its first conference victory of the season on Sunday afternoon. The Huskers (6-3, 1-3 Big Ten) won seven of 10 bouts and earned bonus points in two of those matches to roll to victory over the Spartans (6-6, 1-4 Big Ten) in front of 3,035 fans at the Devaney Center. Sunday’s dual was part of Tumble N’ Rumble, with the wrestling and men’s gymnastics squads competing simultaneously on the Devaney Center floor. 

The meet started at 149. Collin Purinton, coming off a pin against Friday night against Penn State, score a takedown in the first period and was able to grind out a 3-2 decision over Michigan State’s Alex Hrisopoulos. 

No. 11 Peyton Robb (157) then squared off against No. 20 Jake Tucker in one of two bouts between ranked wrestlers on the afternoon. Tucker scored a first-period takedown, but Robb was able to get a reversal. Knotted up at five after three periods of wrestling, Tucker and Robb went to sudden victory, where the Spartan grappler scored a takedown to win the match, 5-3. 

Dalton Peters got the call at 165 for the Huskers on Sunday. Peters struck first with an early takedown, but Michigan State’s Drew Hughes started Period 2 on top and was able to take Peters to his back and win by pinfall.

No. 6 Mikey Labriola (174) got the Huskers back on track with a dominant 17-6 major decision over the Spartans’ Layne Malczewski. Labriola tallied six takedowns and four nearfall points en route to victory. 

No. 17 Cam Caffey and No. 8 Taylor Venz (184) grappled in the second ranked bout of the meet. Venz led 5-1 after two periods, but Caffey rallied and scored two takedowns and four nearfall points in the third and final period on his way to an 11-6 decision.

No. 8 Eric Schultz (197) defeated Nick May 3-2 to remain undefeated against dual meet competition on the season. Schultz scored all three of his points in the second period and outlasted May, whose points came from escapes in the second and third periods. 

David Jensen (HWT) returned to the lineup for the first time since wrestling Carter Isley (UNI) on Nov. 24. The senior from Mobridge, S.D., held the Spartans’ Christian Rebottaro scoreless and scored six points via two takedowns, an escape and riding time. 

Action then shifted to 125. After picking off Penn State’s Brandon Meredith in sudden victory on Friday night, Alex Thomsen won his second match of the weekend with a 5-2 victory against Michigan State’s Logan Griffin. Thomsen recorded a takedown in Period 1 and reversal in Period 3 in addition to earning a point when Griffin was whistled for a potentially dangerous hold.   

No. 13 Ridge Lovett earned his first career Big Ten victory and first dual meet match win with a solid 5-0 decision over Spartan grappler Garrett Pepple. Lovett was able to record first and third-period takedowns and added a point for riding time. 

The final bout of the day was also the shortest, as No. 8 Chad Red Jr. (141) needed only one minute and ten seconds to pin Matt Santos. 

NU will be back in action one week from today when they host No. 3 Ohio State on Feb. 2. Dual meet action is slated to get underway at Noon with online streaming available via BTN+. 

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