LINCOLN — It wasn’t Senior Day for Nebraska’s Isaiah White — the Huskers have one more home dual this season — but the 165-pound All-American made the most of his moment Sunday at the Devaney Center.
Wrestling in the final match with the dual tied 14-14 against No. 3 Ohio State, White trailed 4-3 before putting Ethan Smith on his back and recording a pin with two seconds left.
White won despite enduring a painful injury.
He led 2-0 before hurting his left ankle during a scramble at the edge of the mat with 23 seconds left in the first period. He stayed down for about five minutes as the team’s training staff tended to him.
“I’ve never been hurt like that in a match where I just had to keep going and actually push myself for the rest of the match,” said White, who had an ice pack wrapped around his ankle after the match.
White allowed escapes at the end of the first and beginning of the second periods. Then Smith, ranked 14th nationally, added a takedown at the end of the second period for a 4-2 lead.
White escaped in the third period and had riding-time advantage, so the match was on track to go to sudden-victory. But with about 10 seconds left, White’s last shot produced the dual-winning pin, a roar from the Husker crowd of 1,675 and a jubilant celebration from the NU bench.
Nebraska was deducted a team point for the bench’s celebration, but that didn’t matter for a squad that earned its biggest dual victory of the season. NU had lost 20-18 to No. 2 Penn State last weekend after losing to top-ranked Iowa the week before.
“I’ve been on that other side so many times. Today we made it happen,” coach Mark Manning said. “That was a showcase kind of finish. Score’s tied, looked like it was going to go to overtime and Isaiah White gets the fall. I told him this week, ‘Hey, you’re going to get a cradle on this guy.’ ”
White wasn’t the only Husker to win in the closing seconds.
Mikey Labriola, ranked sixth at 174 pounds, opened the dual by taking down seventh-ranked Kaleb Romero at the final horn for a 3-1 win. Ridge Lovett at 133 recorded a reversal with five seconds left to earn a 6-5 victory.
But those victories set the stage for White’s win.
“I came off a three-match losing streak, so to get a pin here for the win was great, a great feeling,” White said. “Hopefully we can use this as momentum and keep going the rest of the year.”
Nebraska returns to action Friday at Purdue.
174: Mikey Labriola, NU, dec. Kaleb Romero, 3-1. 184: Rocky Jordan, OSU, dec. Taylor Venz, 3-2. 197: Collin Moore, OSU, dec. Eric Schultz, 6-2. 285: David Jensen, NU, dec. Gary Traub, 8-3. 125: Alex Thomsen, NU, dec. Malik Heinselman, 5-2. 133: Ridge Lovett, NU, dec. Jordan Decatur, 6-5. 141: Luke Pletcher, OSU, major dec. CJ Red, 10-1. 149: Sammy Sasso, OSU, major dec. Collin Purinton, 13-4. 157: Peyton Robb, NU, dec. Quinn Kinner, 8-3. 165: Isaiah White, NU, pinned Ethan Smith, 6:58.