Nebraska Wrestling to Face Minnesota

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.