Colton McCrystal earned the No. 4 pre-seed at 149 pounds for this weekend's Big Ten Championships
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Eight Huskers Earn Big Ten Pre-Seeds

By NU Athletic Communications

Four Husker wrestlers earned top-five pre-seeds, and eight Huskers are seeded altogether, for this weekend’s Big Ten Championships, the conference announced on Monday.

Three Huskers are pre-seeded fourth at their respective weights this weekend, led by senior Colton McCrystal (149), who is making his third appearance at the Big Ten Championships. McCrystal is 17-3 on the season and is tied for the lead among Husker starters with four major decisions. McCrystal finished third at 141 pounds at last season’s Big Ten Championships.

Freshman Jason Renteria (133) and redshirt freshman Chad Red Jr. (141) also garnered the No. 4 seed at their respective weight classes, as both wrestlers will be making their first Big Ten Championships appearance. Red is 18-7 on the season, while Renteria is 5-2 on the year.

All-American Tyler Berger earned the No. 5 seed at 157 pounds to round out the Huskers pre-seeded in the top five. Berger is 18-6 on the season and his four major decisions tie for the most among Husker starters. Berger is making his third Big Ten Championships appearance after finishing third last season and seventh in 2016.

Taylor Venz is seeded sixth at 184 pounds, while both Isaiah White (165) and Eric Schultz (197) earned the No. 8 seed at their respective weight classes. Venz, a redshirt freshman, is 20-5 on the season, and his seven pins lead Nebraska starters. White has also reached the 20-win plateau with a 20-4 mark in his sophomore season, with half of his wins by bonus points and all four of his losses to top-12 wrestlers. Schultz is 15-7 this year. All three wrestlers will be making their first Big Ten Championships appearance.

Senior Mitchell Maginnis is seeded 11th at 125 pounds, as he is set to make his first Big Ten Championships appearance.

The pre-seeds, as voted on by the conference’s coaches, rank the top eight wrestlers in seven weight classes, along with all 14 starters in three weight classes (125, 149, 165) due to the Big Ten receiving nine or more NCAA Championships qualifier allocations in those classes.

The Big Ten Championships are set for Saturday and Sunday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. Session I begins Saturday at 9 a.m. (CT) before Session II, set for 5 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday’s action starts at 11 a.m., with the final session slated for 2 p.m. The first three sessions will be streamed live on BTN Plus on BTN2Go, and the final session will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

Nebraska’s Pre-Seeds for the Big Ten Championships
125: #11 Mitchell Maginnis
133: #4 Jason Renteria
141: #4 Chad Red Jr.
149: #4 Colton McCrystal
157: #5 Tyler Berger
165: #8 Isaiah White
184: #6 Taylor Venz
197: #8 Eric Schultz

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