Kokesh wins title

Evanston, Ill. – Sophomore Robert Kokesh won both his matches on Sunday at the Midlands Invitational en route to the individual crown at 174 pounds.

The Nebraska wrestling team tied for 15th with 39 points. Illinois took home the team title with 99.5 points, edging Virginia Tech by two.

Following a 4-0 Saturday, Kokesh picked up right where he left off on Sunday with a 10-2 major decision over Northwestern's Lee Munster in the semifinals. In the championship match, the Wagner, S.D. native won an 8-4 decision over Lehigh's Nate Brown.

Over the course of his championship run, Kokesh outscored his opponents 46-7 and added two pins to extend his number to eight on the season. He improves to 22-1 for the 2012-13 campaign after earning his 17th consecutive victory on Sunday.

Redshirt freshman Austin Wilson advanced to the second day of the Midlands Invitational in the wrestleback bracket at 165 pounds. Following a 4-1 showing on Saturday, Wilson dropped a 7-5 decision to Rider's Ramon Santiago on Sunday.

The Huskers return to action on the road at Michigan on Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. The match will be available on Big Ten Network. The following night, Nebraska faces Northwestern at 7 p.m. in Evanston, Ill. NU's next home match is on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. against Illinois.

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