Five Huskers Win Daktronics Open Titles
Brookings, S.D. - Five Huskers won titles, while two more added second-place finishes for the Nebraska wrestling team on Sunday at the Daktronics Open at Frost Arena in Brookings, S.D.
Chad Red Jr. (141), Colton McCrystal (149), Tyler Berger (157), Mikey Labriola (174) and Taylor Venz (184) each posted first-place finishes on Sunday, while Isaiah White (165) and Eric Schultz (197) finished second at the tournament.
The finals at 141, 149 and 157 each went into sudden victory periods. Red's match was the first, as he defeated No. 6 Tommy Thorn of Minnesota, 5-3 in sudden victory. At 149 pounds, McCrystal, the ninth-ranked wrestler according to InterMat, earned a riding time advantage at the end of the tiebreaker periods and was credited with a fall in 11 minutes over No. 7 Steve Bleise of Minnesota. Berger, ranked No. 4 by InterMat, outlasted No. 10 Jake Short, 4-2, in the second sudden victory period.
At 174 pounds, Labriola, who was wrestling unattached, defeated No. 14 David Kocer of South Dakota State, 7-3.
Venz dominated the 184-pound championship match, as he earned a technical fall over Brady Ayers of South Dakota State by a score of 17-1.
At 165, White fell to No. 11 Nick Wanzek of Minnesota by a score of 2-0. Schultz took No. 9 Nate Rotert of South Dakota State to a tiebreaker, but Rotert earned a 6-5 victory.
Kris Williams (125), Brian Peska (133) and Collin Purinton (149) each took third at their respective weight classes.
Mitchell Maginnis placed fourth at 125, while Tucker Sjomeling, wrestling unattached, took fifth at 133. At 149 pounds, Luke Weber finished fourth, while Jordan Shearer finished fifth. Cade Svoboda finished sixth at 197 pounds.
At heavyweight, David Jensen took fourth, while Patrick Grayson placed fifth.
Nebraska opens its dual season against Wyoming on Nov. 17 at the Devaney Center. Tickets to the Wyoming dual, as well as each of the seven home duals are on sale now, and can be purchased at Huskers.com/tickets or by calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED.
Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open (Nov. 5, 2017)
Brookings, S.D. (Frost Arena)
125: Dylan Gowin (unattached) - DNP (1-2)
125: Mitchell Maginnis - 4th (4-2)
125: Kris Williams - 3rd (5-1)
133: Zak Hensley (unattached) - DNP (2-2)
133: Brian Peska - 3rd (5-1)
133: Aris Shino - DNP (1-2)
133: Tucker Sjomeling (unattached) - 5th (3-2)
141: Christian Miller (unattached) - DNP (1-2)
141: #17 Chad Red Jr. - 1st (4-0)
149: #9 Colton McCrystal - 1st (4-0)
149: Collin Purinton - 3rd (5-1)
149: Kyle Ruettiger - DNP (1-2)
149: Jordan Shearer - 5th (4-2)
149: Luke Weber - 4th (4-1)
157: Zemua Baptista - DNP (2-2)
157: #4 Tyler Berger - 1st (4-0)
157: Caleb Licking - DNP (3-2)
165: Johnny Blankenship - DNP (2-2)
165: Dalton Peters - DNP (1-2)
165: #19 Isaiah White - 2nd (3-1)
174: Eric Engler - DNP (2-2)
174: Mikey Labriola (unattached) - 1st (4-0)
184: Taylor Venz - 1st (3-0)
197: Eric Schultz - 2nd (2-1)
197: Cade Svoboda - 6th (1-3)
HWT: Patrick Grayson - 5th (3-2)
HWT: David Jensen - 4th (2-2)
HWT: Wyatt Wriedt - DNP (2-2)