The NWCA National Duals are bringing together a pair of old Big 12 rivals.
Nebraska, ranked 11th nationally, will host No. 6 Missouri on Sunday afternoon at the Devaney Center. It’s the first time the teams have met for a dual since 2011.
“I think it’s a great matchup for us,” Nebraska coach Mark Manning said. “Missouri is a very tough team, they’ve had some really big wins this year. It will be a challenge for our team.”
Missouri is 13-2 in duals this season, with its only losses coming to No. 3 Oklahoma State and No. 4 North Carolina State. The Tigers lost to North Carolina State 18-17 last Sunday. One week before that, the Wolfpack edged the Huskers 19-15.
The Tigers have wins over No. 9 Ohio State and No. 10 Oklahoma, and they also have six wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in their respective weight class. The Tigers are led by J’den Cox, an NCAA champion in 2014 who is 24-1 and ranked second at 197 pounds. Lavion Mayes is ranked third at 149, and Daniel Lewis is fourth at 165.
Nebraska has gotten used to facing top-flight opponents. In the past five weeks, the Huskers have lost to No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Iowa, North Carolina State and Ohio State. The average score of those losses is 21-13.
“It’s just another opportunity for our team to prove themselves, build confidence,” Manning said. “This is great training ground and great to build confidence going into the postseason.”
This will be Nebraska’s final dual before heading to the Big Ten championships, which take place March 5 and 6 in Iowa City.
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