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Friday, October 24, 2008

The Brandon Rigoni vs. Mark Manning Duel

This is great. Former Husker special teams standout Brandon Rigoni and current Husker wrestling coach Mark Manning had a battle for the ages yesterday at practice. The bet was that Manning could not stop Rigoni from scoring five times in five attempts from the three yard line.

I don't know about you, but I didn't think it was remotely possible that Manning was going to stop that missile coming at him full speed. I clearly remember when all 180 pounds of Rigoni used to single handily blow up opponent's wedges on kickoffs in his sleep. Although Rigoni put together three highlights in his first three attempts including a four yard front flip, he clearly forgot the objective of his mission on the fourth attempt: don't get clowned by the wrestling coach in front of the entire football team. You got to love how Doc Sadler was there in attendance with his suit and tie showing his support. You also got to love how Tom Osborne was not only there, but there to hand out the trophy. Amazing how much the atmosphere has changed in and around the football program in less than an year.

Well done Mark Manning.