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Burroughs Leads Nebraska at Kaufman-Brand

Lincoln-Junior Jordan Burroughs claimed Outstanding Wrestler honors to help No. 6 Nebraska rack up eight individual titles at the Kaufman-Brand Open in Omaha on Saturday. The showing matches the Huskers’ best performance ever at the tournament, as NU also won eight titles in 2001.

Nebraska dominated the elite division, sweeping first place from 157 pounds to heavyweight, and placing 11 wrestlers in the top six. The amateur division was no different, as five Huskers placed and two earned crowns. Overall, NU wrestlers posted a 69-26 record at the event, including 29 bonus-point wins and 13 pins.

Wrestling in his first tournament since moving to the 157-pound weight class, Burroughs posted a 4-0 mark with two bonus-point wins. He earned his first pin of the season in his opening match against Northern Iowa Area’s Tim Kirkwood, notching the fall in 2:07. Burroughs followed with a decision over Minnesota’s Tyler Safratowich, before claiming a 24-10 major decision versus Northern Illinois’ Bryan Deutsch. His most impressive win of the day was a 6-4 defeat of No. 6 Dustin Schlatter of Minnesota in the final.

Burroughs had plenty of competition for the spotlight, including fellow junior Craig Brester at 197 pounds. Brester won the Manuel Gorrarian Award for recording the most pins in the least amount of time, after falling three of his opponents. He pinned Iowa State’s Kyle Simonson in 1:27 to start the day and followed with a 2:54 pin of Chattanooga’s Ethan Winel in the second round. Brester also pinned Winel in Nebraska’s dual with the Mocs on Thursday night. Brester advanced with a 14-3 major decision against Wisconsin’s Trevor Brandvold and capped the day with a 1:49 fall against Northern Iowa’s Andrew Anderson. Brester is now 5-0 on the season, with four of his wins coming by pin.

The Huskers also dominated the 184-pound weight class, with three NU wrestlers finishing in the top four. Senior Vince Jones posted two pins to advance to the final, where he earned an 8-2 decision over fellow Husker Romero Cotton for first place. The freshman Cotton won a 14-9 match against Husker junior Levi Wofford in the second round, but Wofford rebounded to place fourth.

Senior Brandon Browne and junior Stephen Dwyer (165) also went 4-0 on the day to claim crowns for Nebraska. Browne successfully defended his title at 174 pounds, after winning the event last year. Redshirt freshman Tucker Lane placed first at heavyweight in the amateur division last year, and moved up to the elite division with the same result this season.

In the amateur division, freshmen Ridge Kiley at 125 pounds and Tyler Koehn at 157 took home titles for Nebraska. Kiley topped off his showing by pinning Iowa Central’s Patrick Hunter in 2:21 in the final. Koehn sandwiched three straight decisions after opening and ending the day with major decisions. Fellow freshmen Jon Burns (141) and Josh Ihnen (184) lost in their respective final to take second, while Matt Ashton (133) placed fourth.

Full results of Nebraska’s wrestlers at the Kaufman-Brand Open are below. The Huskers continue their season with duals against Augustana (S.D.) and Oregon State at 4 and 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28. Fans can get into either dual for free with a valid Nebraska-Colorado football ticket.

No. 6 Nebraska at Kaufman-Brand Open

Sapp Fieldhouse, Omaha, Neb.

Saturday, Nov. 22

Elite Division

133 Pounds

Patrick Aleksanyan (NU) by fall over Eric Senescu (UW), 4:17

Patrick Aleksanyan (NU) by fall over Cody Garcia (UNO), 5:42

Joe Slaton (UI) by dec. over Patrick Aleksanyan (NU), 2-0

Tyler Graff (UW) by dec. over Patrick Aleksanyan, 5-3

Patrick Aleksanyan (NU) by med. forfeit over Jayson Ness (UM)

Patrick Aleksanyan (NU) finishes fifth.

Matt Vacanti (NU) by dec. over Josh Baldridge (UNI), 12-8

Montell Marion (UI) by dec. over Matt Vacanti (NU), 8-6

Tristen Deshazer (NIU) by dec. over Matt Vacanti (NU), 11-9

141 Pounds
Curtis Salazar (NU) by dec. over Joel Hill Murphy (UM), 8-6

Curtis Salazar (NU) by dec. over Vince Castillo (NIU), 8-5

Cody Cleveland (UTC) by dec. over Curtis Salazar (NU), 8-4

Curtis Salazar (NU) by dec. over Mario Morgan (UNO), 5-0

Gabriel Mooney (NDSU) by dec. over Curtis Salazar (NU), 6-4

Curtis Salazar (NU) finishes fourth.

149 Pounds
Andre Harrison (FHSU) by dec. over Paul Sanders (NU), 6-2

Paul Sanders (NU) by fall over Cole Zemple (UNI), 5:36

Mike Smith (NIU) by dec. over Paul Sanders (NU), 6-4

157 Pounds

Jordan Burroughs (NU) by fall over Tim Kirkwood (NIACC), 2:07

Jordan Burroughs (NU) by dec. over Tyler Safratowich (UM), 13-6

Jordan Burroughs (NU) by major dec. over Bryan Deutsch (NIU), 24-10

Jordan Burroughs (NU) by dec. over Dustin Schlatter (UM), 6-4

Jordan Burroughs (NU) finishes first.

Robert Sanders (NU) by dec. over Nick Kolegraff (UI), 10-6

Bryan Deutsch (NIU) by fall over Robert Sanders (NU), 5:13

Keenan McCurdy (UNK) by dec. over Robert Sanders (NU), 6-4

165 Pounds

Stephen Dwyer (NU) by major dec. over Brandon Wright (UTC), 10-2

Stephen Dwyer (NU) by dec. over Aaron Janssen (UI), 7-2

Stephen Dwyer (NU) by dec. over Stephen Crozier (USAFA), 9-2

Stephen Dwyer (NU) by dec. over Scott Glasser (UM), 6-4

Stephen Dwyer (NU) finishes first.

174 Pounds

Brandon Browne (NU) by major dec. over Kaleb Young (UM), 21-7

Brandon Browne (NU) by major dec. over Tyler Tubbs (MOOR), 23-10

Brandon Browne (NU) by dec. over Andy Johnson (NU), 7-4

Brandon Browne (NU) by dec. over Mike Letts (UMD), 8-5

Brandon Browne (NU) finishes first.

Andy Johnson (NU) by dec. over Todd Becker (ISU), 15-11

Andy Johnson (NU) by dec. over Kamarudeen Usman (UNK), 6-1

Brandon Browne (NU) by dec. over Andy Johnson (NU), 7-4

Jarion Beets (UNI) by med. forfeit over Andy Johnson (NU)

Zack Schafer (SDSU) by med. forfeit over Andy Johnson (NU)

Andy Johnson (NU) finishes sixth.

184 Pounds

Vince Jones (NU) by fall over Paul Sutton (UNK), 3:59

Vince Jones (NU) by fall over Tom Eaton (NW), 3:51

Vince Jones (NU) by dec. over Romero Cotton (NU), 8-2

Vince Jones (NU) finishes first.

Romero Cotton (NU) by major dec. over Derek Harrison (KC), 12-3

Romero Cotton (NU) by dec. over Levi Wofford (NU), 14-9

Romero Cotton (NU) by major dec. over Tyler Gonzales (FHSU), 12-3

Vince Jones (NU) by dec. over Romero Cotton (NU), 8-2

Romero Cotton (NU) finishes second.

Romero Cotton (NU) by dec. over Levi Wofford (NU), 14-9

Levi Wofford (NU) by tech. fall over Tyler Winkleman (BVU), 20-5

Levi Wofford (NU) by med. forfeit over Cole Spree (NW)

Levi Wofford (NU) by dec. over Tom Eaton (NW), 14-9

Joe Leblanc (WY) by dec. over Levi Wofford (NU), 7-4

Levi Wofford (NU) finishes fourth.

197 Pounds

Craig Brester (NU) by fall over Kyle Simonson (ISU), 1:27

Craig Brester (NU) by fall over Ethan Winel (UTC), 2:54

Craig Brester (NU) by major dec. over Trevor Brandvold (UW), 14-3

Craig Brester (NU) by fall over Andrew Anderson (UNI), 1:49

Craig Brester (NU) finishes first.

Cameron Browne (NU) by dec. over Derek Ross (UNK), 8-6

Jacob Marrs (UNO) by dec. over Cameron Browne (NU), 9-6

Kyle Simonson (ISU) by dec. over Cameron Browne (NU), 12-6

Heavyweight

Tucker Lane (NU) by dec. over Allvn Plattner (LUT), 4-3

Tucker Lane (NU) by dec. over Jason Stripling (SDSU), 3-1

Tucker Lane (NU) by dec. over Ben Berhow (UM), 5-2

Tucker Lane (NU) finishes first.

Amateur Division

125 Pounds

Ridge Kiley (NU) by dec. over Jordan White (UNK), 6-3

Ridge Kiley (NU) by major dec. over Treavor Dearden (ISU), 10-2

Ridge Kiley (NU) by dec. over Mike Abril (UNK), 13-8

Ridge Kiley (NU) by dec. over Dustin Dooley (FHSU), 2-0

Ridge Kiley (NU) by fall over Patrick Hunter (ICCC), 2:21

Ridge Kiley (NU) finishes first.

133 Pounds

Matt Ashton (NU) by dec. over Travis Kuhn (FHSU), 10-7

Matt Ashton (NU) by dec. over Brandon Rimpley (UNK), 6-5

Matt Ashton (NU) by dec. over Brock Coutu (NIACC), 3-1

Nate Moore (UI) by tech. fall over Matt Ashton (NU), 22-7

Matt Ashton (NU) by dec. over Tim Thurston (ILCC), 9-8

George Ivanov (UNO) by fall over Matt Ashton (NU), 2:32

Matt Ashton (NU) finishes fourth.

141 Pounds

Austin Barnes (NU) by major dec. over Elard Coello (ICCC), 16-2

Rory Kendall (NEO) by dec. over Austin Barnes (NU), 16-10

Dillon Miner (ILCC) by fall over Austin Barnes (NU), 1:55

Jon Burns (NU) by dec. over Brent Fisher (FHSU), 5-3

Jon Burns (NU) by fall over Ricky Abril (GCC), 2:41

Jon Burns (NU) by dec. over Thrasher Porcher (WY), 5-0

Jon Burns (NU) by major dec. over Austin Enoch (UM), 18-8

Mark Ballweg (UI) by major dec. over Jon Burns (NU), 13-5

Jon Burns (NU) finishes second.

149 Pounds

Ross Grande (NU) by major dec. over Cody Eaton (NEO), 10-0

Ross Grande (NU) by dec. over Ethan Sebert (UI), 3-2

Brendon Parker-Risk (ICCC) by dec. over Ross Grande (NU), 5-4

Ross Grande (NU) by dec. over Jon Rivera (NIACC), 4-2

Ross Grande (NU) by fall over Brian Ham (NDSU), 5:28

TJ Moen (NIACC) by dec. over Ross Grande (NU), 6-3

157 Pounds

Tyler Koehn (NU) by major dec. over Joseph Stafford (USAFA), 13-5

Tyler Koehn (NU) by dec. over Nathan Sigman (UNO), 7-2

Tyler Koehn (NU) by dec. over Jeret Chiri (UI), 6-4

Tyler Koehn (NU) by dec. over Carl Serck (AC), 10-6

Tyler Koehn (NU) by major dec. over Marvio Tischhauser (UNO), 18-5

Tyler Koehn (NU) finishes first.

184 Pounds

Josh Ihnen (NU) by tech. fall over Kody Kramer (Minnesota West), 16-1

Josh Ihnen (NU) by major dec. over Chad Wright (LCC), 14-4

Josh Ihnen (NU) by dec. over LJ Helbig (WY), 11-5

Josh Ihnen (NU) by dec. over Luke Heine (AC), 5-2

Scott Elliott (SDSU) by dec. over Josh Ihnen (NU), 6-1

Josh Ihnen (NU) finishes second.

197 Pounds

Richard Kokesh (LCC) by dec. over Livingston Lukow (NU), 6-1

Livingston Lukow (NU) by fall over Kevin Chilton (BV), 4:26

Livingston Lukow (NU) by dec. over Derek Thompson (LAB), 6-3

Drew Ross (NDSU) by fall over Livingston Lukow (NU), 5:21

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