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Nebraska heavyweight Tolly Thompson will lead the Comhuskers into battle Saturday and Sunday at the Devaney Center.
Thompson, a junior, is the nation’s top-ranked heavyweight and the defending national champion.
with top teams
to test Huskers
By Antone Oseka
Nebraska coach Tim Neumann paced back
and forth across the practice mat like a general
preparing his troops for battle. In essence, that
was just what he was doing.
Neumann gazed intently at the wrestlers,*
spotted a mistake and moved in to fix it. Then he
paced again, spotted again and fixed again.
This week is not like last week and won’t be
like next week. Third-ranked Nebraska faces
the toughest competition it will see until March
at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis.
The Comhuskers will wrestle in the Cliff Keen
National Dual Meet Championships at the Bob
Devaney Sports Center.
First-round matches begin Saturday at 9 a.m.
The semifinals start at 8 Saturday night. The
finals will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
“I can’t tell if these guys are tired or they’re
hungry. They’re focused,” Neumann said.
Focus, intensity and technique are drilled
every day to produce one outcome: that the
team believes in itself and each individual wres
“It’s important that they believe,” Neumann
said. “We can say it until we’re blue in the face,
but unless they believe they can win, it’s irrel
Nebraska has to face a field that includes top
See DUALS on 8'
By Nikki Markota
In September, senior wres
tler Mike Eierman, an NCAA
All-American as a freshman, was
dismissed from the Nebraska
wrestling team for breaking team
But the new year brings a
new chance, and Eierman,a 142
pounder, is back on the team and
may see action this weekend at
the National Duals.
Eierman knows he made a
mistake, he said. He paid the
price by missing an entire se
mester of school and a half-sea
son of wrestling.
li was a reamy cnecK,
Eierman said. “I know I messed
up, and I definitely want it more
After being dismissed,
Eierman spent time in Missouri,
where he trained with his broth
ers, one of whom wrestles for a
Division-II school. Eierman said
he wrestled in a couple of open
“He needs to meet certain
academic goals that have been
set for him,” Comhusker coach
Tim Neumann said. “That and a
minor change in lifestyle are es
sential for his return to the team.”
Neumann said he didn’t rein
state Eierman to help No. 3 Ne
braska if it gets a shot at Iowa
this weekend and later at the
“That is not an issue at all in
this situation,” Neumann said.
“Our primary concern is to keep
Mike in school so he can gradu
ate this year.”
Eierman said he was happy to
have the chance to contribute
“I am going to work my hard
est to make sure he does not
regret his decision to reinstate
me,” he said.
NU hopes to end Stillwater slump
By Gregg Madsen
It was 1987. Ronald Reagan was
president and the Bangles were at the
top of the music charts. It was also the
last year that the Nebraska basketball
team won at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
In his first year as the Comhusker
coach, Danny Nee marched into
Stillwater, Okla., and defeated Okla
homa State 79-77 in overtime.
Since then, Nebraska is 6-13 against
the Cowboys, losing by an average
margin of 17 points away from home,
including a 40-point defeat last sea
The Huskers will face the Cow
boys at 7:05 Saturday night. Senior
forward Erick Strickland said the
Huskers were ready to end the 10-year
drought and avenge last year’s humili
The 10-4 Cowboys have struggled
to an 0-2 confeience start this season.
They lost by seven points at Iowa
State and were soundly defeated by
Kansas at home by the score of 76-61.
A loss on Saturday would give the
Cowboys their worst conference start
since the 1989-90 season, but the
Huskers are under pressure to win as
“I think we’re back on the wall
too,” Strickland said. “We lost a heart
breaker down there (at Oklahoma last
weekend), so we feel we’ve got to get
a road win somewhere.
“They’re a physical team. They
play good defense and the crowd helps
them a lot. You have to play really
solid against them, and you have to be
really focused and stay focused for 40
The Cowboys’ trio of Chianti Rob
erts, Maurice Robinson and Jerome
Lambert, which has averaged a com
bined 34.9 points per game, may not
be a big factor Saturday.
Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton
said Robinson, a 6-foot-7 junior, was
doubtful for Saturday with a foot in
jury and Lambert, though he will play,
is recovering from tonsilitis.
That leaves the majority ofthe scor
ing responsibility on the shoulders of
Roberts, a 6-6 junior who averaged
9.5 points per game in two games
Nebraska HL Wt Class PPG RPG
G jaron Boone 6-6 195 Sr. 17.1 2.8
F Bernard Gamer 6-7 225 Jr. 10.3 6.4
jti—' 205 Jr. 9.4 9.3
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G Andre Owens 5-11 180 Sr. 8.4 3 9
F Jerome Lambert 6-8 215 Sr 10.8 6.2
against the Huskers last season.
The Cowboys also will depend on
guard R.W. McQuarters, a true fresh
man who started at comerback for the
Oklahoma State football team. He has
averaged 10.5 points per game in the
past two games.
But sometimes desire is more im
portant than scoring, and Nebraska
center Mikki Moore said the team
with the most heart would win this
“We don’t expect them to give it to
us,” Moore said. “We want a good
fight, and they will give us a good
Illinois recruit to fill hole on NU defense
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By David Wilson
The Nebraska football team re
ceived its 13th verbal commitment
Wednesday from linebacker Carlos
Polk,a USA Today All-American from
In his three seasons at Guilford
High School, Polk accounted for 441
tackles, setting a new conference
“He’s a quality player and will defi
nitely make a big impact with Ne
braska,” Guilford coach Rich Infusino
The graduation of middle lineback
ers Phil Ellis and Doug Colman will
leave a hole in the Comhusker defense
But Infusino said middle linebacker
was not an easy position to fill. And
the transition from playing high school
football to one of the top college pro
grams in the nation is a big step, he
Infusino said Polk, a 6-foot-2,220
pounder, was built like a linebacker
and could easily put on 20 to 25
Infusino said Polk was “on the
bubble” academically, but the coach
was sure his player would qualify to
play as a freshman.
Polk also considered Illinois, Iowa,
Iowa State and Wisconsin, but de
cided on Nebraska after his visit to
Lincoln last week.
Polk, who runs a 4.65-second 40
yard dash, posted 152 tackles this sea
son, including 17 sacks. He led
Guilford, an Illinois class 5-A high
school, to a 7-2 record. Polk blocked
three kicks and scored a touchdown
after one of his three fumble recover
ies. He is also a starter on the basket
Players can sign national letters of
intent beginning Feb. 7.
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