Taylor Venz is seeded seventh at 184 pounds for the NCAA Championships next week.
Photo by Larry Slater

Four Huskers Earn NCAA Championships Seeds

By NU Athletic Communications

Four of Nebraska’s NCAA Championships qualifiers earned seeds, as the NCAA released its brackets for each weight class on Wednesday.

Two Huskers are seeded in the top 10 of their respective weight classes, led by No. 7 seed Taylor Venz at 184 pounds. Venz, a redshirt freshman from Farmington, Minn., will make his first career NCAA appearance after finishing fourth at the Big Ten Championships over the weekend. His 23 wins this season is tied for the lead among Husker starters, while his seven pins is tops on the team.

Returning All-American Tyler Berger is seeded eighth at 157 pounds. Berger, making his third NCAA appearance, holds a 22-8 record this season. Berger broke through to All-America status last season, as he finished fifth in 2017 after reaching the Round of 12 in 2016. He finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships last weekend.

Sophomore Isaiah White is the No. 11 seed at 165 pounds. White, who is tied for the lead among Husker starters with 23 wins, is making his first NCAA Division I showing, after winning the NCAA Division II championship at 165 pounds competing for Notre Dame College last season. He is 23-6 this season after finishing seventh at the Big Ten Championships.

Two-time NCAA qualifier Colton McCrystal, a senior from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, is the No. 13 seed at 149 pounds. McCrystal is 21-5 this season following a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, and he is tied for the lead among Husker starters with five major decisions. McCrystal reached the Round of 12 at last season’s NCAA Championships.

Redshirt freshman Chad Red Jr. qualified for the NCAA Championships at 141 pounds after finishing seventh at the Big Ten Championships. Red is 21-9 on the season with five pins. Freshman Jason Renteria qualified for his first NCAA Championships this season at 133 pounds. He is 8-4 on the season, after finishing fifth at the conference tournament.

Eric Schultz (197) also qualified for the NCAA Championships, as an at-large bid announced Tuesday. He finished seventh at the Big Ten Championships, and the redshirt freshman will be making his first NCAA appearance.

In its last outing, Nebraska finished fifth as a team at the Big Ten Championships over the weekend. Each of the seven Huskers to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships earned top-seven finishes individually.

The NCAA Championships are set for March 15-17 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Sessions I, III and V will be televised on ESPNU. Sessions II and IV will be televised on ESPN, while the championship finals in Session VI will be shown on ESPN2. Every single match on every single mat will be streamed on WatchESPN.

Nebraska’s NCAA Qualifiers
133: Jason Renteria (First appearance)
141: Chad Red Jr. (First appearance)
149: #13 Colton McCrystal (Second appearance)
157: #8 Tyler Berger (Third appearance)
165: #11 Isaiah White (First appearance)
184: #7 Taylor Venz (First appearance)
197: Eric Schultz (First appearance)


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