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Huskas trying to find
stride going into Duals
While most of us grappled with
wrapping paper and stuffed our
faces with pie during the winter
break, the Nebraska wrestling team
prepared for the second half of the
The Comhuskers will find out
if the hard work pays off at the Giff
Keen National Duals this weekend
at the NU Coliseum.
Nebraska (6-2 in dual meets)
wrestled in six duals and one tour
nament during die past month go
ing 4-2 and posting their first tour
nament victory of the season at the
Great Plains Invite.
The Huskers are coming off the
Peach State Duals in Atlanta where
they beat Tennessee-Chattanooga
37-3, lost to sixth-rated Illinois 32
11 and beat Georgia State 38-9.
Before heading to Atlanta, Ne
braska wrestled then-No. 6 Minne
sota Jan. 7 in Lincoln. The Golden
Gophers manhandled Nebraska 29
12 losing only three matches.
“I pretty much know where our
team is after wrestling Illinois and
Minnesota this past week,” Coach
Tim Neumann said.
NU began 1997 on the right
note with wins over Ohio State and
West Virginia Jan. 2. Nebraska beat
the Buckeyes 24-12 and defeated
the Mountaineers 25-12.
' The Huskers also played host to
the Great Plains Invite, posting
their first championship of the
1996-97 season. NU won the meet
with 190 points, 51 points ahead
of West Virginia.
The biggest moment of the
break was 'a routine win by 1995
national champion heavyweight
Thompson entered the tourna
ment just shy of Bill Scheer’s Ne
braska record of 133 career wins.
Thompson notched career-win 134
with a pin of South Dakota Stale’s
Ryan Resel at 5 minutes 38 sec
onds. Since then, Thompson has
added four more wins to put him
at 138 career wins. He is 23-2 on
This weekend at the National
Duals, Thompson has one final
chance to improve his No. 4 rank
Two teams bring in heavy
weights ranked higher than Th
ompson. But Nebraska needs to be
paired with those teams for Thomp
son to have a chance to improve.
Penn State’s Kerry McCoy and
North Carolina’s Justin Harty will
be on Thompson’s hit list for the
Harty knocked Thompson out
of championship contention at the
NCAA Championships last year in
“The way he’s wrestling right
now, he’s just dominating every
body,’’ Neumann said.
C prises no one
CU from page 7
Billups said, the team played harder.
The tenacity has shown this sea
son, as the Buffs have raced to a 12-3
record and 3-0 in the conference.
Colorado is off to its best start since
1979 when it was 12-3 after 15 games
With one more win, CU will have
as many conference wins as it did last
“People put a lot of stock into
things like crowd noise on the road,”
Patton said Monday. “But the game is
played on the court. This team lays it
on the line.”
Billups leads the charge averaging
18.3 points and 5.8 assists per game,
ranking him fifth and second in the
Big 12 in those categories. In the
thrilling road win at Lubbock, Texas,
Billups scored 29 points, his final two
came with 0.5 seconds to give CU the
Colorado plays 8-5 Oklahoma
State in Boulder, Colo., Wednesday
night at the Coors Event Center.
Billups drew rave reviews from
OSU Coach Eddie Sutton.
“He’s a winner,” Sutton said. “He
brings the whole ball of wax. He
handles the ball well and can shoot
Texas Tech Coach James Dickey,
who saw Billups up close and per
sonal Saturday agreed with Sutton’s
“He makes everyone else better,”
Dickey said. “He’s tough to defend and
has an excellent crossover dribble.”
Patton said the key to Colorado’s
success has been solid defense and
playing disciplined on offense.
“We don't have enough big post
people to matchup,” Patton said, “so
we extended our defense. Offensively,
we move the ball and everyone plays
The Buffs are fourth in the Big 12
in field-goal percentage defense, al
lowing opponents to shoot only 39.9
percent per game. On the offensive
end, CU averages 77.7 points per
game. Senior forward Fred Edmonds
has given Billups support, averaging
12.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per
Billups said the only thing that
makes CU happy is wins and not the
old standby — moral victories.
“We don’t want to be a team where
somebody says, 'It’s going to be a
tough game but we’ll still win,’”
Billups said. “They’re going todiave
to take it from us. We don’t want to be
Injury derails Maser’s career
MASER from page 7
ing opponents scrambling to defend
her from three different position!.
Maser’s versatility allowed Pettit to
move her to the right side of the net,
putting All-American Lisa Reitsma in
“That adjustment really paid off at
the end of the season,” Pettit said. “In
a couple of critical weekends, we re
ally needed her there.”
Maser played her best when the
Huskers needed her the most. On the
final weekend in November, with the
Big 12 Conference championship on
the line, Maser blistered 13 kills on
26 attempts and hit a sparkling .500
at Texas and Texas A&M.
“We would not have won the Big
12 if she hadn’t been available to play
that weekend in Texas,” Pettit said.
Maser said her success in Texas
was because of her decision to change
her attitude about her reduced role.
“I had a different philosophy this
year,” Maser said. “I played less this
season, but I enjoyed it so much more.
I didn’t take anything for granted.”
Because of her ability to play on
only one good knee, the abrupt end
ing to her career seems a little unfair.
But Maser admitted it would have
been difficult to continue under the
Even more difficult are the remind
ers of what could have been. Watch
ing her roommates — Reitsma and
freshman middle blocker Lisa Avery
— leave to attend spring practices
every afternoon will be hard, she said.
For now, Maser will work on accept
ing her fate.
“Yeah, it’s going to be tough,”
Maser said. “I’ll miss it like crazy. But
everything happens for a reason. I
guess God just has another plan for
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