The Gophers wrestling team, ranked No. 12 in the NWCA preseason poll, dominated the six extra matches on Friday night at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb., winning five of six.
But when the actual dual meet began, the No. 4 Cornhuskers took over, winning 22-14 in the season opener for both Big Ten teams. It was Nebraska's fifth straight win in the series.
The Cornhuskers took a 3-0 lead when Liam Cronin beat Patrick McKee 8-1 at 125 points. McKee had an escape to open the third period and then kept Cronin from scoring any points in that period to avoid a loss by major decision worth four points.
Boo Dryden of the Gophers won the next match at 133, upsetting No. 20 Alex Thomsen 9-2.
Nebraska won the next two matches to open a 9-3 lead. No. 7 Chad Red Jr. beat Marcus Polanco 4-1 at 141 and Brock Hardy beat Michael Blockhus, a transfer from Northern Iowa, 9-2.
Brayton Lee won at 157 for the Gophers, getting three takedowns in the third period to win 10-5 before the break after five matches.
Andrew Sparks of the Gophers edged Peyton Robb 7-6 at 165 to tie the score of the match at 9-9.
But then No. 4 Mikey Labrila pinned Jake Allar in the third period at 174 to give Nebraska a 15-9 lead. And that lead grew to 22-9 and when Nebraska's Nathan Hass beat Owen Webster 5-2 at 184 and No. 2 Eric Schultz routed Garrett Joles 14-3.
Gable Steveson, the nation's top-ranked heavyweight, won the final match of the night, beating Christian Lance 23-8 for a technical fall.