Duke redshirt senior Marcus Cain captured his 10th victory of the season and seventh straight with an 8-2 decision on Saturday over Justin Arthur as ninth-ranked Nebraska bested the Blue Devils 45-3.
The Big Ten foe was the first of four the Blue Devils will face this season.
“I felt like our guys were a little tentative,” said coach Glen Lanham. “We didn’t get to our offense a lot. We were counter wrestlers out there today and I think that hurt us in a lot of our matches.”
The Blue Devils were forced to forfeit a pair of matches at 125 and 174, giving Nebraska the 12-0 lead from the start. The Huskers got six more points from a pin against Bailey Jack and a major decision at 141 pounds from No. 15 Anthony Abidin to stretch the lead to 22-0.
With a No. 20 ranking on the line, Cain stepped on to the mat against 2014 NCAA qualifier Justin Arthur at 149 pounds. Cain attacked from the opening whistle with an early takedown in the first period for a 2-0 lead. The Winston-Salem native was outstanding on top, finishing the period with well over a minute of riding time and control of the match.
In the second period, Arthur tied the match, but it was all Cain down the stretch as he scored six unanswered for the 8-2 victory.
Norrth Carolina: The North Carolina ended its season the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The men’s team finished in 12th with 380 points while the women’s team took 22nd with 515 points.
This is the second-highest finish for the men’s team in program history, only behind the fifth-place finish of the 1985 team.
N.C. State: The N.C. State women’s cross country team finished 16th with 456 points at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Senior Joanna Thompson capped off her cross country career with a 32nd place showing at her final championship to earn her second cross country All-American mention and the third accolade of her collegiate career.
N.C. State: After a record-setting performance last weekend, the 13th-ranked N.C. State rifle team struggled against No. 14 Akron and lost the Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) battle, 4,602-4,572, at the Robert A. Pinn Shooting Range.
The Wolfpack falls to 19-6 and 0-5 in GARC action, while Akron improves 2-2 and 2-1 in conference.