Session III begins on Sunday at 11 a.m. CT/Noon ET.
Photo by Stephanie Carpenter/Nebraska Communications

Lambert Leads Husker Surge in Session II

By NU Athletic Communications

Bloomington, Ind. – Senior Tim Lambert (125) advanced to the Big Ten Finals during Session II of the Big Ten Championships at Assembly Hall on Saturday night.

After finishing Session I in eighth place, Nebraska climbed up the rankings in the team race to fifth place with 79.5 points. Ohio State leads the team race with 117 points, while Penn State (98.5) and Iowa (95) round out the top three. Minnesota is in fourth place with 81 points.

Lambert, the No. 3 seed at 125 pounds, earned his team-leading eighth fall of the season in the semifinals. He pinned seventh-seeded Elijah Oliver (Indiana) in 5:59 to improve to 28-5 this season. Lambert will face top-seeded Thomas Gilman (Iowa) in Sunday’s finals.

Studebaker, the No. 3 seed at 197 pounds, was also a semifinalist, but fell to No. 2 seed Kollin Moore (Ohio State), 10-8. Studebaker is now 26-7 this season and will wrestle in the consolation bracket on Sunday.

All-American Eric Montoya (133) won both of his matches during Session II to stay in contention in the consolation bracket. He won a 6-2 decision over eighth-seeded Luke Welch (Purdue) before advancing due to injury default from Michigan State’s Austin Eicher.

Colton McCrystal (141) managed a pair of wins on Saturday night, downing Indiana’s Cole Weaver by major decision and Wisconsin’s Cole Martin by decision. Tyler Berger (157) is also still alive in the consolation bracket after a major decision and decision. Berger outscored his two Session II opponents by a combined score of 16-1.

Two-time All-American TJ Dudley (184) added bonus points in both night session matches. He opened with a 16-1 technical fall over Purdue’s Tanner Lynde and added an 8-0 major decision over Wisconsin’s Hunter Ritter. Dudley leads the Huskers with 10 technical falls this season.

Senior Collin Jensen (HWT) also captured two wins during Session II to stay in the consolation bracket. Jensen won by injury default against Illinois’ Brooks Black before capturing a 9-0 major decision over No. 7 seed Youssif Hemida (Maryland).

Senior Micah Barnes (174) lost in the consolation bracket and in the ninth-place semifinal to be eliminated. Sophomore Dustin Williams (165) lost his lone match of the night to be eliminated after a 1-2 showing.

Sunday’s action begins with Session III at 11 a.m. CT/Noon ET. Session IV, also set for Sunday, starts at 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET.

Big Ten Championships
March 4-5, 2017
Assembly Hall
Bloomington, Ind. 

125 pounds
First Round: #3 Tim Lambert (NEB) Bye
Quarterfinals: #3 Tim Lambert (NEB) dec. #6 Johnny Jimenez (WIS), 6-3
Semifinals: #3 Tim Lambert (NEB) pin #7 Elijah Oliver (IND), 5:59 

133 pounds
First Round: #2 Eric Montoya (NEB) Bye
Quarterfinals: #7 Mitch McKee (MINN) major dec. #2 Eric Montoya (NEB), 11-3
Consolation Second Round: #2 Eric Montoya (NEB) dec. #8 Luke Welch (PUR), 6-2
Consolation Quarterfinals: #2 Eric Montoya (NEB) injury default #12 Austin Eicher (MSU) 

141 pounds
First Round: #4 Colton McCrystal (NEB) major dec. #13 Ryan Diehl (MD), 16-3
Quarterfinals: #5 Luke Pletcher (OHST) dec. #4 Colton McCrystal (NEB), 6-4
Consolation Second Round: #4 Colton McCrystal (NEB) major dec. #11 Cole Weaver (IND), 16-5
Consolation Quarterfinals: #4 Colton McCrystal (NEB) dec. #8 Cole Martin (WIS), 10-5 

149 pounds
First Round: #6 Andrew Crone (WIS) dec. Collin Purinton (NEB), 11-6
Consolation First Round: Carson Brolsma (MINN) dec. Collin Purinton (NEB), 4-1 

157 pounds
First Round: #3 Tyler Berger (NEB) tech fall #14 Ben Sullivan (NW), 16-1
Quarterfinals: #6 Brian Murphy (MICH) sudden victory-1 #3 Tyler Berger (NEB), 3-1
Consolation Second Round: #3 Tyler Berger (NEB) major dec. #13 Justin Alexander (MD), 10-1
Consolation Quarterfinals: #3 Tyler Berger (NEB) dec. #7 John Van Brill (RUT), 6-0 

165 pounds
First Round: #7 Dustin Williams (NEB) pin Patrick Gerish (MD), 4:48
Quarterfinals: #2 Logan Massa (MICH) tech fall #7 Dustin Williams (NEB), 24-9
Consolation Second Round: Johnny Sebastian (NW) major dec. #7 Dustin Williams (NEB), 15-5 

174 pounds
First Round: #8 Devin Skatzka (IND) dec. #9 Micah Barnes (NEB), 10-4
Consolation First Round: #9 Micah Barnes (NEB) Bye
Consolation Second Round: #7 Jacob Morrissey (PUR) sudden victory-1 #9 Micah Barnes (NEB), 6-4
*Ninth-Place Semifinal: #10 Chris Pfarr (MINN) dec. #9 Micah Barnes (NEB), 11-8 

184 pounds
First Round: #5 TJ Dudley (NEB) major dec. #12 Ernest Battaglia (MICH), 13-4
Quarterfinals: #4 Myles Martin (OHST) dec. #5 TJ Dudley (NEB), 12-7
Consolation Second Round: #5 TJ Dudley (NEB) tech fall #11 Tanner Lynde (PUR), 16-1
Consolation Quarterfinals: #5 TJ Dudley (NEB) major dec. #8 Hunter Ritter (WIS), 8-0 

197 pounds
First Round: #3 Aaron Studebaker (NEB) dec. David-Brian Whisler (MD), 7-2
Quarterfinals: #3 Aaron Studebaker (NEB) dec. #6 Jacob Berkowitz (NW), 10-4
Semifinals: #2 Kollin Moore (OHST) dec. #3 Aaron Studebaker (NEB), 10-8 

First Round: Conan Jennings (NW) pin #5 Collin Jensen (NEB), 2:03
Consolation First Round: #5 Collin Jensen (NEB) dec. Tyler Kral (PUR), 4-0
Consolation Second Round: #5 Collin Jensen (NEB) injury default #6 Brooks Black (ILL)
Consolation Quarterfinals: #5 Collin Jensen (NEB) major dec. #7 Youssif Hemida (MD), 9-0 

*-doesn’t count toward team score


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