Published Sunday, February 17, 2013 AT 2:26 PM / Updated at 3:11 PM
Perfect finish for Husker recruit Collins
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

As was previously known, Nebraska football recruit Maliek Collins can wrestle a little bit. The senior from Center High in Kansas City just went ahead and proved it some more at the Missouri state high school tournament.

Collins pinned three of his four opponents to win the 285-pound division in Class 2 and finish the season unbeaten. It took him two minutes to handle Daniel Terrana (45-4) of Genevieve in the championship match.

Collins finished 48-0 as a senior after going 49-3 as a junior. He hadn’t started wrestling until his sophomore season at Center.

Collins, a defensive tackle, signed his Husker football letter of intent on Feb. 6.

On Signing Day, a World-Herald reader asked him if wrestling helped him become a better football player. His answer: “Most definitely. I feel wrestling and football are closely related, leverage, footwork, power, and toughness, they go hand in hand.”

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