The home fans will get a preview of this season's Nebraska wrestling team when the Huskers hold their annual wrestle-offs Friday at the Devaney Center.
The wrestle-offs begin at 6 p.m. and admission is free. The Huskers host the Nebraska Coaches Clinic earlier in the day.
This season is the Huskers' first at the Devaney Center after they had competed at the NU Coliseum.
“It's a great setup for us and obviously a great setup for the fans,” Nebraska coach Mark Manning said.
Twenty-two matches are scheduled. Among the most anticipated matches will be:
Ľ Jake Sueflohn vs. Detin McCauley at 149 pounds. Sueflohn was one win from placing at nationals last season, while McCauley was one of NU's top recruits during the offseason.
Ľ Caleb Kolb vs. Spencer Johnson at 197. Kolb was last year's starter at 197, while Johnson started at heavyweight during the second half of last season.
Ľ Aaron Studebaker vs. TJ Dudley at 184. Dudley decisioned Studebaker 9-4 in the third-place match at Sunday's Daktronics Open in South Dakota.
Manning believes newcomers will make an impact for his team this season, and that was evident at the Daktronics Open.
Four redshirt freshmen placed in the top three — Collin Jensen was the winner at heavyweight; Tim Lambert was runner-up at 125; and Dudley and Ben Morgan (133) placed third. Another newcomer, junior college transfer Anthony Abidin, was runner-up at 141.
In all, Nebraska had three winners Sunday: Jensen and returning All-Americans James Green (157) and Robert Kokesh (174).
The Huskers will be back at the Devaney Center on Nov. 17 for their season-opening dual against Northwestern. The Huskers are ranked seventh nationally, while Northwestern is 17th.