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Wrestlers survive weekend
Cornhuskers go 3-0 despite brutal travel schedule
By Brandon Schulte
OGALLALA - In front of800 fans
in the Ogallala High School gym, the
No. 7 Nebraska wrestling team
wrapped up a perfect 3-0 weekend by
beating Air Force 29-16.
The undefeated mark was part of a
strenuous weekend which included
wins against Oregon 24-17 and No. 18
Oregon State 19-12.
After a 6 a.m. flight back for
Sunday’s meet and a victory over the
Falcons, NU Coach Tim Neumann said
the Huskers weren’t all that excited
about the “home away from home”
meet in Ogallala.
“There’s not a guy (on the team) that
wanted to be here,” Neumann said,
referring to the nine-hour drive. “We all
would have rather had a hard practice in
j Neumann went on to say the reason
for the Ogallala meet was to market the
team to the entire state. In the past, NU
has gotten larger crowds against
unranked opponents elsewhere in the
state than they would have in Lincoln.
Neumann said that after wrestling
poorly early in the weekend, the team
had a meeting in Oregon.
“It doesn’t matter - sick, cold or
whatever,” Neumann said. “When we
come to wrestle, we wrestle hard. We
were going to forfeit any matches that
the guys couldn’t give 100 percent.
Make them show their manhood.”
The Huskers wrestled hard against
the Falcons as six wrestlers won against
Air Force. At 157, Billy Gabel got a
reversal at the end of the third period to
win 5-4. Scott Munson, at 197, won in a
technical fall 24-7 and Tony Denke won
In the heavyweight class and 133,
J.R. Plienis and Todd Beckerman, both
had pins at 2:33 and 2:44, respectively.
Paul Gomez won by forfeit.
Gabel won despite an injury to his
left arm that he sustained at the National
Duals, which took away several moves.
Filling in for Bryan Snyder, who is rest
ing, Gabel wasn’t surprised by his close
“I used my squirm move,” Gabel
said. “I just stood up and did a switch.”
Gabel was happy with the win, but
said he would rather be elsewhere.
“I’d rather be in church,” Gabel said.
“I love wrestling. So I guess this sort of
a worship session for me.”
Neumann said he was happy that
some of the backups could get in and the
team could still come away victorious. It
was also a chance for some much need
ed rest for Jose DeAnda, Snyder and Joe
he'll go to NU
From, staff reports
In the footsteps of Nebraska line
backer Tony Tata and Renter Dominic
Raiola, yet another standout athlete
from St. Louis School in Honolulu
appears destined to become a
According to Georges Gilbert,
the sports information director at St.
Louis school, Tamotu Tagoai, a 6
foot-3, 280-pound defensive line
man,’ verbally committed to
Nebraska over the weekend.
Though high school athletes can
not sign letters of intent until Feb. 3,
Tagoai is the 18th senior to verbally
Tagoai, who also considered
California most heavily, recorded 39
tackles - including 11 for losses -
last season.He played behind Tata
until he was a senior.
Linebacker Joe Siofele, who vis
ited Lincoln, along with St. Louis
High School teammate Tagoai earlier
this month, verbally committed to
Arizona on Sunday.
A third Hawaiian, lineman Toniu
Fonoti, who made the trip to
Nebraska with Siofele and Tagoai,
visited Arizona Sunday and was not
able to be reached Sunday night.
Nebraska is expected to sign
around 22 players on national letter
of-intent signing day.
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Harmon gets win in
first meet as Husker
By Crystie Nichols
The Nebraska track and field
team opened its home indoor season
Saturday with the Nebraska Open.
Nine hundred athletes attended
competing for the No. 1 spot and the
chance to qualify for the Big 12
Indoor Championships in
Standout freshman Cheryl
Harmon claimed first in the 400
meter dash with a time of 55.82 sec
onds and helped her 4x400 meter
relay team run away with the victory.
“I think I ran really well,”
Harmon said. “I wanted to be under
56 (seconds) and I met it.”
Though Harmon is excited about
next week’s meet, she said at times
the intensity of the meets can be
However, sprints and hurdles
Coach Billy Maxwell, believes
Hannon is ready for the challenge.
“Next week in the quarter I want
to do better,” Harmon said, “like 55
and if I run the 600,124.”
Junior sprinter Vince Brown who
came off injuries from last season to
win in the 60-meter dash and clocked
in with a time of 6.66 seconds to
notch a NCAA provisional qualify
Maxwell who had said Brown
could be one of the elite sprinters in
the country this year, was happy to
see he has lived up to his potential.
“Vince ran really well,” Maxwell
said, “but we have some other sprint
ers we haven’t ran yet, so he’ll have
some more competition.”
Adding to the first place finishes,
senior All-American high jumper
Shane Lavy cleared 7-foot-21/4-inch
es to take first place and picked up his
second NCAA qualifying provisional
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Nebraska beats No.5 OU
in strong opening meet
From staff reports
As expected, the No. 4 Nebraska,
men’s gymnastics team opened its
season with the best collegiate team
score at the Rocky Mountain Open
in Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday
The Huskers finished with a
team score of221.150, ahead of No.
5 Oklahoma, which had 221.050,
No. 10 Brigham Young (220.250),
No. 19 Air Force (211.150) and No.
14 New Mexico (208.900). Arizona
State rounded out the colleges with
a score of 193.700.
The U.S. Olympic Training
Center team, comprising individu
als not in college but training solely
for the 2000/2004 Olympics, had
the best score of the meet with
NU sophomore Jason
Hardabura finished third in the all
around competition with a score of
Hardabura’s best score came on
the high bar, where he tied USOTC’s
David Kruse for first with a score of
9.750. Hardabura tied for first on
the rings with two other gymnasts,
too. He finished second on the pom
The Huskers also got strong pro
duction from junior Derek Leiter,
who won the vault with a score of
9.750, as well.
Martin Fournier of the Huskers
also won the parallel bars with a
score of 9.650.
Nebraska next competes against
Oklahoma at home Feb. 5 and will
face No. 12 Minnesota on Feb. 19.
women in Washington
* From staff reports
The No. 7 Nebraska women’s
gymnastics team might have been the
highest-ranked team at the GTE
Challenge in Seattle, but NU finished
last in the three-team meet with incon
The Huskers finished with a score
of 190.25, behind No. 19 Washington,
which won with a 193.00 and No. 18
Arizona, which had a 190.35.
NU (3-2) did get two individual
titles as junior Nicole Wilkinson won
the beam with a 9.70 and junior
Heather Brink won the vault with a
9.70. She won last week at Iowa State
with a score of 9.75.
In the all-around, NU got unex
pected support from freshman Bree
Dority, who led all Huskers in fourth
place with a score of38.225. It was the
first collegiate all-around competition
in her career. Lanna Apisukh won#ie
all-around with a score of38.95.
“I was happy with Bree’s perfor
mance,” NU Coach Dan Kendig said.
“The thing I was most pleased with is
her mental toughness. She did a good
job on all four events.”
Kendig said he was disappointed
in the Huskers’ inability to get consis
tent performance through the entire
rotation. It hurt NU’s uneven bars per
formance the most, where Nebraska
failed to place an individual in the top
“This loss might be a good thing,”
Kendig said. “We will have to go back
to the gym and work harder and
become mentally tougher.”
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