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Nebraska rifle swept Army and Coast Guard, gymnastics is doing great things, and wresting is awesome as usual

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Why did you start showing up at Corn Nation? I’m guessing it has something to do with a sport called football. You may even be one of those long-suffering Nebrasketball fans or could even say you attended volleyball matches before they became eternally sold out.

Most of us don’t follow the Husker Olympic sports as much, but there is some really good sportsin’ happening in Lincoln. I though I’d take a moment to catch you up on the winter sports outside of basketball.

Rifle (4-5)

I wrote a bit last week how the Nebraska rifle team was the best sport you probably aren’t paying attention to. They faced two of the military academy teams last weekend and won both. Next up...Navy! The Commander-in-Chief trophy is almost ours...Oh wait, they only do that in football? And they only give it to one of the academies and Nebraska isn’t eligible? Well, that’s not fair.

No. 8 Nebraska 4,660, No. 21 Coast Guard 4,556, Sunday, Jan. 13, West Point, N.Y. Match summary...

No. 8 Nebraska 4,660, No. 17 Army West Point 4,652, Saturday, Jan. 12, West Point, N.Y. Match summary...

Wrestling (7-2 Overall, 1-1 Big Ten)

We’ve discussed how rugged the Big Ten was in volleyball and is in men’s basketball but just imagine what it is like to be a wrestler in the Big Ten. In the current rankings (dated Jan 8 as I write this) seven Big Ten teams make up the top 11 teams in the rankings; (1; unanimous) Penn State, (2) Ohio State, (4) Iowa, (6) Michigan, (8) Minnesota, (10) Wisconsin and (11) Nebraska. There are three more B1G teams in the top 25.

The Huskers are in the middle of the conference and yet are near a top 10 national ranking.

No. 11 Nebraska 22, No. 14 Northern Iowa 12, Tumble N’ Rumble, Saturday, Jan. 12, Devaney Center Meet summary...

Women’s Gymnastics (1-1)

The Huskers have been a very good gymnastics program for many years, but went into this season with a brand new head coach after the previous coach resigned due to a “compliance discussion” with athletic director Bill Moos. It appears that Heather Brink is going to continue the excellent tradition at Nebraska.

No. 8 Nebraska 195.550, Washington 195.250, Tumble N’ Rumble, Saturday, Jan. 12, Devaney Center Meet summary...

Men’s Gymnastics (4-1)

Did you know that Nebraska men’s gynmastics won five straight national titles (1979-1983) and then tacked on three more (1988, 1990, 1994)? They even rose to the #1 ranking in 2017 before finishing 6th at the national championships.

No. 6 Nebraska – 2nd/6 (404.350), Rocky Mountain Open, Saturday, Jan. 12, Colorado Springs, Colo. Stephenson Wins All-Around, Huskers Defeat Minnesota, Ohio State at Rocky Mountain Open. Meet summary...

Track & Field

As a former track athlete, I often peek at the times and distances Husker athletes post and wonder how far behind I would be if I had been running. If you want a football connection, defensive lineman Carlos Davis qualified for nationals in the discus last season. I didn’t see his name or Khalil’s in the meet summary below, but I’m sure they will appear soon.

Huskers Claim 14 Titles at Graduate Classic, Saturday, Jan. 12, Devaney Indoor Track Meet summary...

Bowling

The Nebraska bowling team has won more national NCAA titles than any other school (2004, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2015) and have been runners-up multiple times (2010, 2014, 2016, 2017).

No. 6 Nebraska – 7th/18 – Mid-Winter Classic, Jan. 11-13, Jonesboro, Ark. Meet summary...

So, there you are Corn Nation! A brief history and short update on all those sports that are rarely on TV. If you follow any of them, let me know in the comments how the 2019 version compares!