Taylor

Venz

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Weight: 184
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Farmington, Minn.
High School: Farmington
Major: Psychology

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • NCAA All-American (4th, 184, 2018)
  • NCAA Championships Qualifier (2018)
  • Nebraska Most Valuable Wrestler (2018)
  • Nebraska Lifter of the Year (2018)
  • NWCA All-Academic Team (2018)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2018)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018)

2018-19 (Sophomore)
Regular Season – 184 pounds

  • 5-0 overall and dual record
  • Won one match by fall and four by decision
  • Outscored opponents in dual points by a total of 18-0

2017-18 (Redshirt Freshman)
NCAA Championships – 4th (6-2) – 184 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Chaz Polson (Wyoming) by technical fall, 17-1
  • Second Round: Lost to Chip Ness (North Carolina) by decision, 11-6
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated Dylan Gabel (Northern Colorado) by technical fall, 19-1
  • Cons. Third Round: Defeated Mitch Bowman (Iowa) by major decision, 16-4
  • Cons. Fourth Found: Defeated #4 Pete Renda (NC State) by major decision, 11-3
  • Cons. Quarterfinals: Defeated Max Dean (Cornell) by decision, 11-6
  • Cons. Semifinals: Defeated #6 Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech) by decision, 7-3
  • Third-Place Match: Lost to #10 Emery Parker (Illinois) by decision, 8-1

Big Ten Championships – 4th (3-2) – 184 pounds

  • Quarterfinals: Lost to #4 Domenic Abounader (Michigan) by decision, 6-4
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated Norman Conley (Indiana) by major decision, 8-0
  • Cons. Quarterfinals: Defeated #10 Ricky Robertson (Wisconsin) by major decision, 11-1
  • Cons. Semifinals: Defeated #7 Emery Parker (Illinois) by decision, 9-4
  • Third-Place Match: Lost to #3 Domenic Abounader (Michigan) by decision, 7-3

Regular Season – 184 pounds

  • 29-9 record overall (10-4 in duals)
  • Bonus Points: seven pins, five technical falls and seven major decisions
  • Along with Chad Red Jr., became NU’s first freshman to earn All-America status since 2012
  • 2018 marked the first time two NU freshman earned All-America honors in the same season
  • Fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships was the highest by an NU freshman since Bryan Snyder placed fourth in 1999
  • Had 11 wins over ranked opponents; 19 of 29 wins were by bonus points to lead NU
  • Led NU starters in pins (7), technical falls (5), major decisions (7) and wins (29)
  • Won Daktronics Open with all four wins coming by bonus points (Nov. 5)
  • Finished third and picked up the most falls at the tournament with four at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 1-2)

2016-17 (Redshirt)
Regular Season – 184 pounds

  • 28-4 record overall
  • Bonus points: eight pins, seven technical falls and six major decisions
  • Won UNK Holiday Inn Open title (Nov. 19)
  • Won Bob Smith Open title (Dec. 3)
  • Won Hastings Cusatis Open title (Jan. 7)
  • Won Sioux City Dave Edmonds Open title (Feb. 4)
  • Finished second at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open (Nov. 13)
  • Placed second at the Doane Open (Dec. 10)
  • Took second at the Roger Denker Open (Jan. 22)
  • Placed fifth at the Daktronics Open (Nov. 6)
  • Competed at 84 kg at the USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle World Team Trials following the season

Before Nebraska

  • Wrestled at Farmington High School in Farmington, Minn., under Coaches Chad Olson and Henry Gerten
  • Won the AAA state title in 2013 and 2016
  • Finished third at state in 2015
  • Finished third at state in 2014
  • Won the 2015 Minnesota Junior State Freestyle title (170)
  • Runner-up at the Cliff Keen USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals
  • Finished third at the 2014 Air Force Minnesota Christmas Tournament (145)
  • Won the state folkstyle title as a freshman (106)
  • National Honor Society Letterwinner
  • Academic All-State

Personal

  • Born: Sept. 3, 1997
  • Parents: Jen and Al Venz
  • Brother: Parker
  • Major: Psychology

Career Statistics

Year Overall Dual Pins TF MD NCAA Big Ten
2016-17* 28-4 0-0 8 7 6 -- --
2017-18 29-9 10-4 7 5 7 4th (6-2) 4th (3-2)
2018-19 5-0 5-0 1 0 0 -- --
Career 34-9 15-4 8 5 7 6-2 3-2

*Redshirt season does not count in career totals

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