Session V is set for Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. (CT) on ESPNU and ESPN3.
Photo by Tim Tushla, WIN Magazine

Huskers Add Three All-Americans in Session IV

By NU Athletic Communications

St. Louis, Mo. – Sophomore Tyler Berger (157) fell in the semifinals, but three Huskers joined him as All-Americans during Session IV of the NCAA Championships at the Scottrade Center on Friday night.

As a team, Nebraska is in ninth place with 50 points. Penn State leads the team race with 121 points, while Ohio State (89.5) and Oklahoma State (86) round out the top three.

Berger, a sophomore making his second NCAA appearance, clinched All-America honors for the first time in his career earlier in the day. In the semifinals, he lost to top-seeded Jason Nolf (Penn State), 13-5. Berger, the No. 4 seed at 157 pounds, has guaranteed a top-six finish and will wrestle in the medal round on Saturday.

Seniors Eric Montoya (133), TJ Dudley (184) and Aaron Studebaker (197) each earned spots on the All-America podium during Session IV. Montoya, the No. 7 seed at 133 pounds, defeated Rutgers’ Scott Delvecchio, 8-5, and ninth-seeded Scotty Parker (Lehigh), 7-1, to collect his second career All-America award. Last season, Montoya took fifth place at 133 pounds at the NCAA Championships.

Dudley downed Rutgers’ Nicholas Gravina in the Round of 12 to earn his third All-America honor. Dudley becomes the 14th three-time All-American in program history. In the consolation quarterfinals, he topped No. 9 seed Nathan Jackson (Indiana), 4-0.

Studebaker earned a spot on the podium for the first time in his career after back-to-back years of falling in the Round of 12. He won a pair of major decisions over No. 5 seed Matt McCutcheon (Penn State) and No. 8 seed Ryan Wolfe (Rider) on Friday night.

Nebraska crowned four All-Americans in a season for the first time since 2009, and increased the program total to 105 All-Americans.

No. 5 Tim Lambert (125) and No. 9 Colton McCrystal (141) each advanced to the Round of 12, but fell one win shy of All-America status. Lambert battled No. 2 seed Joey Dance (Virginia Tech) to sudden victory, but the Hokie took him down, 3-1. McCrystal, making his first career NCAA appearance, lost to 14th-seeded Tommy Thorn (Minnesota) by a 10-6 decision.

Session V is set for Saturday at 10 a.m. (CT), and will be televised on ESPNU and ESPN3.

NCAA Championships
March 16-18, 2017
Scottrade Center
St. Louis, Mo.

125 pounds
First Round: #5 Tim Lambert (NEB) dec. Brock Hudkins (NIU), 9-2
Second Round: #12 Sean Fausz (NCST) dec. #5 Tim Lambert (NEB), 3-1
Consolation Second Round: #5 Tim Lambert (NEB) dec. Jose Rodriguez (OHST), 6-1
Consolation Third Round: #5 Tim Lambert (NEB) pin #13 Shakur Laney (OHIO), 5:57
Consolation Fourth Round: #2 Joey Dance (VT) sudden victory-1 #5 Tim Lambert (NEB), 3-1
Finish: Round of 12 (3-2 record)

133 pounds
First Round: #7 Eric Montoya (NEB) dec. Mark Grey (CORN), 6-1
Second Round: #7 Eric Montoya (NEB) major dec. #10 John Erneste (MIZZ), 14-2
Quarterfinals: #2 Seth Gross (SDSU) major dec. #7 Eric Montoya (NEB), 11-1
Consolation Fourth Round: #7 Eric Montoya (NEB) dec. Scott Delvecchio (RUT), 8-5
Consolation Quarterfinals: #7 Eric Montoya (NEB) dec. #9 Scotty Parker (LEH), 7-1

141 pounds
First Round: #9 Colton McCrystal (NEB) dec. Noah Forrider (OHIO), 7-1
Second Round: #8 Jaydin Eierman (MIZZ) dec. #9 Colton McCrystal (NEB), 9-6
Consolation Second Round: #9 Colton McCrystal (NEB) major dec. Mike Longo (OKLA), 12-4
Consolation Third Round: #9 Colton McCrystal (NEB) dec. #16 Jared Prince (NAVY), 8-5
Consolation Fourth Round: #14 Tommy Thorn (MINN) dec. #9 Colton McCrystal (NEB), 10-6
Finish: Round of 12 (3-2 record)

157 pounds
First Round: #4 Tyler Berger (NEB) dec. Ryan Mosley (GW), 9-2
Second Round: #4 Tyler Berger (NEB) dec. Kyle Langenderfer (ILL), 11-7
Quarterfinals: #4 Tyler Berger (NEB) sudden victory-1 #5 Joseph Smith (OKST), 3-1
Semifinals: #1 Jason Nolf (PSU) major dec. #4 Tyler Berger (NEB), 13-5

184 pounds
First Round: #7 TJ Dudley (NEB) tech fall Michale Fagg-Daves (RID), 17-0
Second Round: #7 TJ Dudley (NEB) dec. #10 Michael Macchiavello (NCST), 6-1
Quarterfinals: #2 Bo Nickal (PSU) pin #7 TJ Dudley (NEB), 4:33
Consolation Fourth Round: #7 TJ Dudley (NEB) dec. Nicholas Gravina (RUT), 4-1
Consolation Quarterfinals: #7 TJ Dudley (NEB) dec. #9 Nathan Jackson (IND), 4-0

197 pounds
First Round: #7 Aaron Studebaker (NEB) pin Brett Harner (PRIN), 4:52
Second Round: #10 Kevin Beazley (ODU) pin #7 Aaron Studebaker (NEB), 6:11
Consolation Second Round: #7 Aaron Studebaker (NEB) dec. #9 Nate Rotert (SDSU), 2-0
Consolation Third Round: #7 Aaron Studebaker (NEB) dec. Brad Johnson (OKLA), 2-0
Consolation Fourth Round: #7 Aaron Studebaker (NEB) major dec. #5 Matt McCutcheon (PSU), 13-2
Consolation Quarterfinals: #7 Aaron Studebaker (NEB) major dec. #8 Ryan Wolfe (RID), 12-4

First Round: Mike Kosoy (NCST) dec. #13 Collin Jensen (NEB), 5-2
Consolation First Round: #13 Collin Jensen (NEB) dec. Gage Hutchison (EMU), 5-4
Consolation Second Round: #14 Thomas Haines (LHU) pin #13 Collin Jensen (NEB), 4:51
Finish: DNP (1-2 record)


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