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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 25, 1985)
Monday, November 25, 1985
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By Doug Carroll
Despite having only two wrestlers
win medals, Nebraska wrestling coach
Tim Neumann said he thought his team
performed well in Saturday's UNO Open.
"For this early, this is the best we've
wrestled," he said. "We beat some peo
ple who had beaten us earlier in the
Nebraska's heavyweight Gary Albright
placed first, the Cornhuskers' highest
finish. Albright pinned Oklahoma
State's Tom Erickson in 5:21 to win the
Neumann said Erickson is one of the
top wrestlers in the country. Erickson
earlier had defeated Iowa State's John
Heropoulos 5-1 "in the semi-finals.
Heropoulos defeated Albright a week
ago. It was Albright's only loss this
Neumann said Albright wrestled well
and is wrestling as well as he did two
years ago, when he was the national
runner-up in the heavyweight division.
'Mead not In it'
Mike Radnov, who recently joined
the team, was the only other wrestler to
place for Nebraska. Radnov finished
third in the 220-pound division despite
working out for just a little more than a
week. Radnov opened with a first
period pin and then lost a 5-4 decision
to Northern Iowa's Dave Bossard, the
eventual champion. Radnov said he
thought he should have won the match.
"My head wasn't in it," he said. "He
was pretty good, though."
After the loss, Radnov came back to
win his next three matches 17-7, 10-1
and by a pin. He then defeated Jeff
Bradley of Northern Iowa, 16-2, for third
place. Radnov said the lack of prepara
tion didn't hurt him too much, but
admitted that he did start feeling tired
toward the end.
At 118 pounds, Wallace Dawkins
wrestled "really well," Neumann said.
Dawkins won five matches, lost two
and was one win away from placing.
After winning his first two matches,
Dawkins lost 13-8 to eventual cham
pion Ed Giese of Minnesota. In the
consolation bracket, he won three
matches before losing on a criteria
Neumann said that Dawkins had to
wrestle several matches in a short time
toward the end of the day. That ham
pered his performance late in the day.
Dawkins' final match was stopped sev
eral times because his upper body
Tim Kenney, who wrestled at 142
pounds, also "did a real good job,"
Neumann said. Kenney, a redshirt fresh
man, went 4-2 for the day, with his only
losses coming to the eventual third
place finisher, Kurt Shedenhelm.
Neumann said he was happy with
190-pounders Mike Traynor and Joe
Malececk. Their only losses came to
opponents who later placed. Both fin
ished with 2-2 records.
Wrestlers gain experience
Four of Nebraskas top wrestlers
were held out of the meet, Neumann
said. Cody Olson and Gil Sanchez were
both nursing minor injuries, Neumann
said. Chris Marisette and Terry Cook
couldn't wrestle because they had the
flu, Neumann sad.
One good aspect of the meet was
that all of the wrestlers got experience,
Neumann said. He said of the 29
wrestlers he took to the meet, 27 won at
least one match. Now the team can go
back to practice and have something to
work on, he said.
Nebraska's next meet will be the
Husker Duals on Dec. 7. The meet will
be round-robin competition, with each
team competing in three duals. Three
mats will be used, and the team with
the best record at the end of the meet
will be the winner, Neumann said.
Other teams competing will be Cen
tral State Oklahoma, Augustana, Adams
State, the Air Force Academy and
Northwest Missouri. The meet starts at
1 p.m. and will be in the Bob Devaney
Sports Center's track.
scores Huskers' only touchdown
LOSS from Page 1
6-yard line twice, but failed to score
both times. The first one came after
Von Sheppard got loose at Nebraska's
42-yard line on a double reverse and ran
to the Oklahoma 6-yard line.
But the next three plays produced
negative yardage and the drive ended
when Dale Klein missed a 23-yard field
Nebraska also came away empty-
handed in the third quarter. After a
16-yard Oklahoma punt, freshman
quarterback Steve Taylor, who replac
ed starter McCathorn Clayton, quickly
moved the Huskers from the Sooner
24-yard line to the 1-yard line. But Taylor
fumbled a snap from center, and the
ball was recovered by Oklahoma's Brian
Clayton, who threw two intercep
tions and was sacked twice, said Okla
homa's ability to stop the Huskers'
running game was a key.
"We knew we'd have to try them
inside and outside to see what they
were giving us," he said. "They gave us
In fact, Nebraska's only touchdown
was scored by its defense. Defensive
tackle Chris Spachman grabbed a loose
ball and rambled 76 yards to score dur
ing the game's waning seconds. It was
Spachman's second touchdown of the
"He's just a scoring machine," said
defensive tackle Jim Skow of his fellow
Skow said Nebraska's defense made
too many errors to contain the Sooners'
speedy backfield, especially Holieway.
"I thought they had great speed, but
that wasn't the difference," he said.
"We had trouble keeping out our
"Holieway is a quick back, a good
runner. He's like a field mouse. He
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stops, starts and darts."
Nebraska middle guard Danny Noo
nan said he was impressed with the
"I didn't think their offensive line
was the best we've played, but their
speed on the outside made up for that,"
At the news conference after the
game, Osborne accepted an offer to
play in the Fiesta Bowl from bowl
representative Alex Crutchfield.
"I'm sorry we didn't play better,"
Osborne told Crutchfield.
However, Osborne said the loss
didn't ruin the season for him or his
"I'm not too proud of the way we
played today, but we tried hard, and
our guys have had a great year," he
Husker fullback Tom Rathman said
the loss affected him two ways.
"I still think we've had a successful
season," he said. "A lot of people never
thought we could win nine games."
. "It. always seems Nebraska has a
chance to win a national champion
ship. All the years I've been there,
we've come up one game short. It's a
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