Kokesh finishes third at nationals

Des Moines, Iowa – Sophomore Robert Kokesh (174) avenged a pair of losses from earlier this season on Saturday to finish third at the NCAA Championships.

At the end of Session V, the Huskers are in 12th place with 38 points. Penn State leads the team standings by three over Oklahoma State with 114.5 points heading into the championship finals.

Kokesh, the No. 4-seed, opened his morning against No. 3-seed Mike Evans of Iowa in a rematch of the Husker sophomore's 9-6 loss on Feb. 10. After a scoreless first period this time around, Kokesh and Evans traded escapes for a 1-1 tie in the third period. In the closing minute, Kokesh took down Evans for a 3-1 lead and held on for a 3-2 win over the Hawkeye.

In the third place match, Kokesh faced fellow South Dakota native and No. 6-seed Logan Storley of Minnesota. Kokesh earned an escape in the second period and Storley matched it in the third period after a scoreless first three minutes. They headed to sudden victory in a 1-1 tie, similar to their matchup on Nov. 16, which the Gopher won 3-1. But this time around, Kokesh earned the takedown and a 3-1 sudden victory to finish third at the NCAA Championships.

Kokesh achieved All-America honors for the first time in his career and finished the 2012-13 campaign with a 38-4 record. The 38 wins put him in a tie for seventh on Nebraska's top-20 season victories list with Brad Vering (1999-00), Bill Scherr (1982-83) and Tolly Thompson (1993-94). It also gives the Wagner, S.D., native the second-most wins in a season by a sophomore behind Bryan Snyder's 43 victories in 1999-00.

Sophomore James Green, the No. 4-seed at 157 pounds, battled No. 5-seed James Fleming of Clarion in the seventh place match on Saturday after earning All-America status for the second consecutive year on Friday. Green dominated throughout the match en route to a 14-4 major decision. He places seventh at the NCAA Championships, matching his finish from 2012. Green completes the season with a 25-6 record and a 5-2 showing in Des Moines.

The NCAA Championships conclude Nebraska's 2012-13 season. Session VI's championship finals begin at 7 p.m., and will be aired on ESPN.

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