Husker Update: Wrestling, Basketball, Gymnastics


Eleven Nebraska wrestlers competed at the Viking-Warrior Open on Saturday and four brought home individual titles.

Jevon Parrish (133), Caleb Licking (149), Bubba Wilson (157 – Unattached) and David Jensen (HWT) all earned first-place finishes in their respective weight classes. Jake Silverstein (165), Cade Svoboda (197) and Austin Emerson (HWT) all placed second; Johnathon Oretegon (125 – Unattached) and Daniel Monahan (133 – Unattached) each placed fourth; Tyler Deen (141 – Unattached) and Jordan Kelber (141) did not place.

Men’s Basketball

Haanif Cheatham had 16 points on Friday night against Rutgers, but it was not enough for Nebraska, as the Huskers dropped their first game of the new year by a score of 79-62 to the Scarlet Knights at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Rutgers improved to 11-3 on the year and 2-1 in the Big Ten, while Nebraska fell to 6-8 on the year and 1-2 in the Big Ten. Rutgers improved to 2-1 in conference play for the first time since joining the Big Ten in 2014-15 and the 17-point win was the largest road win in school history. The Scarlet Knights also picked up their first win in Lincoln, after previously going 0-4.

Nebraska will be back in action on Tuesday night when they take on the Iowa Hawkeyes at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

Kate Cain posted her third consecutive double-double with season highs of 19 points and 15 rebounds to go along with six blocked shots, as Nebraska powered past No. 24 Minnesota in front of a season-high crowd of 5,940 and a Big Ten Network TV audience on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

With the victory, Nebraska improved to 12-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten, while the 24th-ranked Golden Gophers slipped to 11-3 and 1-2 in the conference.

Nebraska returns to home Big Ten action on Thursday, Jan. 9, when the Huskers welcome Wisconsin to Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off against the Badgers is set for 7 p.m.

Women’s Gymnastics

The Nebraska women’s gymnastics team will start the 2020 season on the road for a pair of meets in Utah. The Huskers will travel to Provo, Utah to face off with the No. 23 BYU Cougars on Monday, Jan. 6 before heading to Cedar City, Utah for a meet against Southern Utah on Thursday,  Jan. 9.

The Huskers were chosen No. 15 in the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA) preseason coaches’ poll, and were selected third in the Big Ten Conference preseason coaches’ poll. Senior Taylor Houchin and sophomore Adnerys De Jesus were named to the Big Ten Gymnastics to Watch list.

Returning 10 letter winners from last year’s team, the Huskers will look to build upon the foundation set from last season. Nebraska finished No. 14 in the country under first-year head coach Heather Brink and reached a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional.