Taylor Venz and the Huskers take on Wisconsin this Friday.
Photo by Isabel Thalken/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Look For Win to Close Big Ten Dual Season

By NU Athletic Communications

 Friday, Feb. 9  7 p.m. (CT)  Madison, Wis. (UW Field House)
 #15 Nebraska Cornhuskers  8-4 (6-2 Big Ten)  Nebraska Match Notes | @HuskerWrestling
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No. 15 Nebraska closes its Big Ten dual slate this Friday, as the Huskers travel to No. 20 Wisconsin to take on the Badgers.

Friday night’s dual at the UW Field House is set to begin at 7 p.m. (CT) with a live stream available on BTN Plus and FloWrestling.

Nebraska enters Friday with a record of 8-4 on the season and 6-2 in the Big Ten after earning a split in the state of Michigan last week.

Six Huskers are ranked in this week’s InterMat rankings, led by seventh-ranked Taylor Venz at 184 pounds. Nebraska’s two returning NCAA qualifiers Tyler Berger and Colton McCrystal join him in the top-10 at their respective weight classes, as Berger is eighth at 157, while McCrystal is 10th at 149. Isaiah White is 12th at 165, while Chad Red Jr. is 13th at 141 and Jason Renteria is 19th at 133.

Wisconsin is 6-2 on the year and 3-2 in the league after taking down Indiana, 24-19, on Jan. 26. The Badgers are led by 24th-year head coach Barry Davis, and feature four wrestlers in the InterMat rankings, including a pair of top-10 wrestlers in No. 6 Evan Wick (165) and No. 9 Ricky Robertson (184).

Last Time Out

Nebraska went 1-1 on the weekend, as the Huskers fell 24-10 at fourth-ranked Michigan, before bouncing back with a dominant 35-6 win over Michigan State. Eric Schultz (197) and Chad Red Jr. (141) both won a pair of matches last weekend.

Up Next

The Huskers will travel west to face Stanford in their last dual of the season next Friday. The contest is set to begin at 9 p.m. (CT) in Stanford, Calif.

Quick Notes

  • Nebraska has outscored its 12 dual opponents by a combined score of 261-174
  • Nebraska has won 64 of 120 individual matches in dual competition
  • Six starters have surpassed the eight-win plateau in duals, with White (165) and Schultz (197) leading way with nine wins in dual competition. Colton McCrystal (149), Tyler Berger (157) and Taylor Venz (184) each have eight dual wins
  • White (165) has scored the most dual points for Nebraska (38) this season
  • Jason Renteria (133), Chad Red Jr. (141), Tyler Berger (157) and Isaiah White lead starters with two pins a piece in duals this season
  • Venz (184) leads starters with two technical falls in duals this season
  • White (165) and Venz (184) lead starters with three major decisions in duals this season

Nebraska Looking for Win Number 700

Nebraska is currently one win away from 700 dual wins in program history. NU is 699-555-29 (.556) all-time in duals since fielding its first team in 1910-11. The Huskers earned their 600th win on Dec. 19, 2009 with a 23-18 win over Nebraska-Kearney.

About Wisconsin

2017-18 Dual Record: 6-2 (3-2 Big Ten)

  • Wins (6): Pittsburgh (26-6), CSU Bakersfield (22-18), Maryland (32-6), Wisconsin-Whitewater (38-3), Michigan State (28-7), Indiana (24-19)
  • Losses (2): Northwestern (18-14), Michigan (29-10)

Hunter Ritter (197) helped the Badgers to a second place finish at the Michigan State Open with a second-place finish individually (Nov. 5).

Five Badgers won titles to help Wisconsin finish first at the Roadrunner Open (Nov. 19).

Wisconsin placed 12th at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 1-2) with 56 team points, led by second place finisher Evan Wick (165).

Four Badgers are ranked in this week’s InterMat rankings, including two top-10 wrestlers.

Wisconsin is coached by Barry Davis (24th season at Wisconsin/24th season overall)

Record at Wisconsin/overall: 233-169-11

All-Time Against Wisconsin

Wisconsin leads the all-time series with Nebraska, 10-8-2, in a series that dates back to 1946. Nebraska has won each of the last two meetings and three of the last four, as well as four of the seven matchups as Big Ten opponents.


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