The No. 10 Nebraska wrestling team will look to get back to its winning ways on Friday night when the Huskers square off against conference foe Minnesota.
The Gophers (2-2, 1-1 Big Ten) come into the weekend with a recent loss at top-ranked Iowa and a home win over No. 19 Northwestern. Minnesota features top-rated Gable Steveson (285) and six other grapplers ranked inside the top 25 of their respective weight classes.
Nebraska (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten), meanwhile, is coming off its first loss of the season, as Purdue defeated NU 18-15 on Jan. 7. Despite the loss, the Huskers recorded wins in five bouts, including Eric Schultz’s (197) win over No. 15 Thomas Penola.
Saturday’s dual promises to feature high-level wrestling, as 17 ranked wrestlers are slated to compete. If all projected starters wrestle, there will be seven top 25 matchups, including the matches of returning All-Americans: Chad Red Jr. (141), Ridge Lovett (149) and Peyton Robb (157).
Nebraska and Minnesota meet for the 71st time in series history on Friday. The Gophers lead the all-time series 51-20, but the Huskers have won the last five matchups. In the last meeting between the two teams, Nebraska earned a 22-14 victory as NU won six of 10 bouts.