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UNK Wrestling: #7 Lopers Down #21 Mules, 28-10

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The seventh-ranked Nebraska Kearney wrestling team ran its win streak to nine in a row after a 28-10 decision over 21st-ranked Central Missouri Saturday night in Warrensburg.

It's a quick turnaround for the Lopers (15-3, 2-0) who return home Sunday to face the Newman Jets (0-3, 0-2) at 3 p.m. on Buckle Court. That MIAA dual was originally set for Jan. 12 but postponed due to weather.

To down the Mules (3-3, 0-1) once again, UNK used a forfeit, tech fall and two majors. Redshirt sophomore Crew Howard (Clarinda, Ia.) had the notable win of the night as he majored ninth-ranked Trenton Strong, 17-3. The fifth-ranked Howard continued his dominating year thanks to a first period take down and 3-point near fall and then a nine-point third period. 

Next, sixth-ranked Zach Ourada (Omaha Skutt) needed just 5:00 to post a 17-2 tech fall to start the match. He reached that tally thanks to four takedowns, a 4-point near fall and escape. Finally, redshirt sophomore Nic Stoltenberg (Omaha Skutt) came back from a 6-1 deficit at 157 pounds thanks to two reversals, 2-point near fall and a third-period takedown with true freshman Drew Garfield (Central City) scoring all five of his points in the final period to come back and win, 5-4, at 141 pounds. 

#7 Nebraska Kearney 28, #21 Central Missouri 10

125 #6 Zach Ourada over Jacob Tangpricha (Central Missouri) (TF 17-2 5:00)

133 Drew Arnold wins by forfeit

141 Drew Garfield over Cayden Dotson (Central Missouri) (Dec 5-4)

149 Garrett Lyons (Central Missouri) over Brody Arrants (Dec 8-2)

157 Nic Stoltenberg over Anthony Erickson (Central Missouri) (Dec 11-9)

165 #12 John Ridle (Central Missouri) over Kaden Hart (Dec 15-9)

174 #4 Trenton Munoz over Nolan Saale (Central Missouri) (Dec 9-3)

184 #6 Damon Ashworth (Central Missouri) over #12 Billy Higgins (MD 15-2)

197 #8 Jackson Kinsella over Brayden Dillow (Central Missouri) (MD 11-2)

285 #5 Crew Howard over #9 Trent Strong (Central Missouri) (MD 17-3)