Taylor Venz is Nebraska's highest seed at the NCAA Championships, as he is seeded seventh at 184 pounds.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Head to Cleveland for NCAA Championships

By NU Athletic Communications
 NCAA Championships  Thursday, March 15-Saturday, March 17  Cleveland, Ohio. (Quicken Loans Arena) 
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 Session I   Thursday, March 15 - Noon ET/11 a.m. CT  ESPNU | WatchESPN | TrackWrestling
 Session II  Thursday, March 15 - 7 p.m ET/6 p.m. CT  ESPN | WatchESPN | TrackWrestling
 Session III  Friday, March 16 - 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT  ESPNU | WatchESPN | TrackWrestling
 Session IV  Friday, March 16 - 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT  ESPN | WatchESPN | TrackWrestling
 Session IV  Saturday, March 17 - 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT  ESPNU | WatchESPN | TrackWrestling
 Session IV  Saturday, March 17 - 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT  ESPN2 | WatchESPN | TrackWrestling

Seven Nebraska wrestlers will compete at the NCAA Championships this Thursday through Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

The first of six sessions begins on Thursday at 11 a.m. (CT) with the pigtails and opening round, which is set to be televised on ESPNU. Thursday’s action continues at 6 p.m. (CT) with session II, consisting of both second round matches as well as consolation bouts on ESPN.

Friday’s sessions start at 10 a.m. (CT) and 7 p.m. (CT). Session III includes quarterfinals and consolation matches on ESPNU, while Session IV has the semifinals and consolation bouts on ESPN.

Session V, which includes the medal round matches, is set for Saturday at 10 a.m. (CT) on ESPNU. The championship finals begin on Saturday at 7 p.m. (CT) on ESPN2.

Every single match on every single mat will be streamed live on Watch ESPN, which can be accessed on a computer at WatchESPN.com or on a tablet or smartphone with the Watch ESPN app. Live scoring and brackets for the entirety of the tournament will be available on TrackWrestling.

The seven Huskers that qualified for the national meet include Jason Renteria (133), Chad Red Jr. (141), Colton McCrystal (149), Tyler Berger (157), Isaiah White (165), Taylor Venz (184) and Eric Schultz (197). Renteria, Red, McCrystal, Berger, White and Venz qualified based on their finish at the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago, while Schultz earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships.

Four Huskers earned seeds for the NCAA Championships. Taylor Venz (184) is the highest seeded Husker at seventh at 184 pounds. Tyler Berger is eighth at 157 pounds, while Isaiah White is 11th at 165 and Colton McCrystal is 13th at 149.

Last Time Out

Nebraska finished fifth as a team with 72.5 points at the Big Ten Championships on March 3-4.

Nebraska's NCAA Championships Competitors

Wt. Name Yr.




133 Jason Renteria Fr. Chicago, Ill. 8-4 8-4 Fifth at Big Ten Championships
141 Chad Red Jr. RFr. Indianapolis, Ind. 21-9 21-9 Seventh at Big Ten Championships
149 #13 Colton McCrystal Sr. Sergeant Bluff, Iowa 21-5 81-34 Two-time NCAA qualifier; Fourth at Big Ten Championships
157 #8 Tyler Berger Jr. Prineville, Ore. 22-8 82-27 Three-time NCAA qualifier; 2017 All-American; Fourth at Big Ten Championships
165 #11 Isaiah White So. Chicago, Ill. 23-6 23-6 2017 Division II Champion; Seventh at Big Ten Championships
184 #7 Taylor Venz RFr. Farmington, Minn. 23-7 23-7 Fourth at Big Ten Championships
197 Eric Schultz RFr. Tinley Park, Ill. 18-9 18-9 Seventh at Big Ten Championships

NCAA Championships Notes

  • Two Huskers have returning NCAA Championship experience: Tyler Berger (157) will be making his third NCAA appearance, while Colton McCrystal (149) will be making his second

  • Tyler Berger is Nebraska’s lone returning All-American, as he finished fifth at 157 pounds at last season’s NCAA Championships

  • Just one of Nebraska’s NCAA qualifiers is a senior (Colton McCrystal); Four of Nebraska’s seven NCAA qualifiers are either true or redshirt freshmen

Quick Notes - All Competitions

  • Five starters have surpassed the 20-win plateau, with Isaiah White (165) and Taylor Venz (184) tied for the team lead with 23 wins

  • Taylor Venz (184) leads all starters in pins this season with seven, and has recorded the fastest NU fall of the season, a 12-second pin over Andrew Psomas of Columbia on Dec. 1

  • Isaiah White (165) leads all starters in technical falls this season with four

  • Colton McCrystal (141), Isaiah White (165) and Taylor Venz lead starters with five major decisions a piece this season


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