The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 10, 1994, Page 10, Image 10

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Freshman wrestler 'tough to beat’
By Tim Pearson
Senior Reporter
Only one thing stands between
Nebraska wrestler Tolly Thompson
and a national championship.
And that one thing is a short fuse,
Comhusker coach Tim Neumann said.
“Tolly’s one hell of a competitor,”
Neumann said. “He hates to lose and
he hates to get scored on, but he’s got
a short fuse.
“Once he controls that, he can win
a national championship.”
That national championship could
come this season in Thompson’s fresh
man year.
Thompson, who redshirted last
year, is 32-9 this season and ranked
ninth in the nation at heavyweight.
But success was expected for the
heavyweight from Janesville, Iowa.
Thompson saw extensive national
and international competition last
summer, as he won titles at the Espoir
Freestyle Nationals, Greco-Roman
University Nationals and Olympic
Festival Freestyle.
He also placed second at the Pan
American Championships in Greco
Roman wrestling and seventh at the
World Freestyle Championships.
But the crown jewel was winning
the university level Championship Belt
from USA Wrestling, which is given
to the collegiate wrestler with the top
accomplishments in the past year.
Thompson was the first Husker to
win the award since national champi
on Bill Scherr, who went on to win a
bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics.
Neumann said having an experi
enced wrestler like Thompson had
bolstered his young Husker team.
“To have a kid of that cal iber in the
room, it can only help,” he said.
Thompson said his summer expe
rience helped make him the wrestler
he is now.
“It was one of the best experiences
I have ever been through in my life,”
he said.
But that experience brought about
a kind of a wrestling burnout for Th
ompson, Neumann said.
“It helped his confidence,” he said.
“But at the beginning of the season,
Tolly was tired of wrestling.”
Thompson said he needed a break
from wrestling for a little bit.
“I was tired when I got back,” he
said. “I took a break for six weeks, and
I didn’t even touch a mat.”
However, once Thompson got back
on the mat, he continued his string of
But Neumann said Thompson, de
spite his 32-9 record, expected more.
“Tolly is on track to have the best
freshman year of anyone here ever,”
Neumann said. “But he thinks he is
having a bad year.”
That “bad year” could translate
into All-American and possibly na
tional championship honors for Th
“We’re making him work harder
to get ready for nationals,” Neumann
said. “He has fantastic techniques —
possibly the best in the country.
“We want to make him the best
conditioned heavyweight in the coun
try. He’s going to be tough to beat.”
Continued from Page 9
streaks to stay within striking dis
tance of Kansas State.
With 10:26 left, Wildcat guard
Askia Jones hit two free throws to
give Kansas State its largest lead of
the game at 56-49. The Huskers
answered by going on an 11 -3 run
— sparked by seven points from
Jaron Boone — to give Nebraska a
60-59 lead with 6:59 left in the
“Our kids were confident,” Nee
said. “You could see it in their eyes
at the end. They thought they were
going to win. It wasn’t perfect bas
ketball, but it was solid basketball.”
From the seven-minute point,
the two teams traded baskets until
Wildcat center Deryl Cunningham
hit a shot to give Kansas State a 68
64 lead with 3:04 left. H u s k e r
forward Bruce Chubick pulled Ne
braska to within two before Badgett
connected on the two free-throws.
Erick Strickland scored Nebraska’s
next four points to ice the game.
The victory moved the Huskers,
who won their first road game since
Jan. 3, into a tie with Oklahoma for
fourth place in the Big Eight.
Nee said Nebraska responded
well after hearing plenty of nega
tive criticism during the four-game
losing streak.
“All you hear is lose, lose, lose,”
he said. “I thought we played good
on Saturday (against Kansas), but
tonight we played great — espe
cially at the end when the game was
on the line. That’s important be
cause it is something that we didn’t
do against Kansas.
“I am so proud of the guys be
cause the pressure was unbeliev
able during the streak. After you
lose a few, you start questioning
everything as players.”
Nee praised the play of sopho
mores Boone, Strickland and
“The three sophomores just
played great,” he said. “They car
ried us at times in the second half.
This was great experience for those
guys,because they’re learning while
on the job.”
Strickland scored 10 points, in
cluding two free throws with 18
seconds left to put Nebraska up by
four. Boone added 14 points in 29
minutes and hit both of his 3-point
“Next year, those are going to be
the guys we are going to have to
look to all the time,” Nee said.
For the first time this season,
Nee played only seven players, de
spite suiting up 10. Mikki Moore,
Jason dock, who is still suffering
from a foot injury, and Tom Best,
who returned from a one-game sus
pension, did not play.
“All seven guys contributed and
that’s what you need to win on the
road,” Nee said. “I felt we had to go
with seven this game. Now we can
start getting the other guys worked
back in.”
Nee said part of the reason for
Jay Calderon/DN
Nebraska’s Terrance Badgett goes up for a shot over
Missouri’s Jason Sutherland and Jevon Crudup (right)
earlier this season. Badgett —who tied his career-high
with 17 points — and the Cornhuskers broke their
four-game losing streak by beating Kansas State, 76
68, in Manhattan, Kan., Wednesday night.
using only seven players was be
cause the team is in “very good
basketball shape,” and they’ll need
the added endurance in the next 10
days. The Huskers play three times
in a week, starting-Saturday at home
against Iowa State.
“Now we can go back home and
take care of business,” he said. “It’s
Iowa State, but I don’t care if it was
the Yankees coming in, we have
got to be ready."
The Kiiiii Slate Collegian contribut
ed to this report.
Nebraska.35 41 — 76
at Kansas Stale . .34 34 — 68
Nebraska — Badgett 6-7 5-5 17,
Piatkowski 6-12 2-215, Chubick 5-8 4-7
14, Johnson 0-6 0-0 0, Boone 5-7 2-3 14,
Strickland 4-6 2-2 10, Brooks 2-4 2-2 6.
Totals —28-50 17-21 76.
Kanaas State—Davis 2-5 0-1 4, Noland
6-12 0-0 15, Cunningham 4-10 2-4 10,
Beane 5-16 0-0 13, Jones 4-21 9-11 17,
Lucas 4-90-08, Gavin 0-10-00,Hamilton
0-1 1-21.
Totals —25-7512-18 68