Four Huskers Advance in Wrestlebacks at NCAAs
Cleveland, Ohio - Chad Red Jr. (141), Tyler Berger (157), Isaiah White (165) and Taylor Venz (184) each remain alive in the consolation brackets after the conclusion of Session III on Friday at the NCAA Championships at Quicken Loans Arena.
As a team, Nebraska stands tied for 20th overall with 13.5 team points. Ohio State is in first with 80.5 team points, while Penn State is second with 67 team points.
The four wrestlers still alive in the consolation brackets stand one win away from earning All-America status, as Nebraska looks to keep a streak of 29 years with an All-American alive in Friday night's Session IV.
At 157 pounds, the eighth seeded Berger dropped a 3-2 decision in the quarterfinal round to top-seeded Hayden Hidlay of NC State. Hidlay picked up a takedown early in the first period, which Berger escaped, but both wrestlers could only pick up escape points the rest of the way as Hidlay held off Berger's late attacks. Berger moves to the consolation fourth round, where he will take on 2017 All-American Paul Fox of Stanford in a rematch of Berger's dual meet win in February later on Friday in Session IV.
In the quarterfinal round at 165 pounds, defending NCAA Division I champion Vincenzo Joseph of Penn State scored a takedown in the second sudden victory period to defeat the 11th-seeded White. Both wrestlers could only muster a pair of escape points through regulation as well as the first sudden victory and tiebreaker periods, but the third-seeded Joseph notched a takedown just past the 20-second mark in the second sudden victory session to clinch the 4-2 victory. White moves to the wrestlebacks, where he will face Jon Jay Chavez of Cornell in the consolation fourth round in Session IV.
Red advanced in the consolation bracket at 141 pounds with an 8-3 win over Maryland's Ryan Diehl, his fourth win over Diehl this season, before taking down Vince Turk of Iowa, 3-2, in a heated match to avenge a loss at the Big Ten Championships earlier this month. Red will face defending NCAA champion Dean Heil in the consolation fourth round Friday night.
The seventh-seeded Venz picked up his second technical fall of the tournament with a 19-1 win over Dylan Gabel of Northern Colorado. He found bonus points again in his next match, as he defeated Mitch Bowman of Iowa by a 16-4 major decision in the consolation third round. Venz, who has won by bonus points in all three of his victories so far in the NCAA Championships, will face fourth-seeded Pete Renda of NC State in the blood round on Friday night.
Senior Colton McCrystal, seeded 13th at 149 pounds, was eliminated from the tournament after falling to sixth-seeded Justin Oliver of Central Michigan by a score of 5-2. McCrystal picked up a win in in the consolation second round, as he defeated 14th-seeded Beau Donahue of NC State by a 10-4 decision. His season ends with a record of 23-7, while his career in a Husker singlet ends with an overall record of 83-36.
Eric Schultz was also eliminated in the consolation third round, as he dropped a close 3-2 decision to Jacob Holschlag of Northern Iowa. Schultz defeated a seeded wrestler in the consolation second round, as he scored a takedown in the third period and held on for a 3-2 win over 13th-seeded Jeric Kasunic of American. His redshirt freshman season ends with a record of 20-11
The NCAA Championships continue Friday with Session IV, set to begin at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. The championship semifinals, as well as the consolation fourth rounds and quarterfinals will be contested in Session IV, which will be televised on ESPN. Every single match on every single mat will be available on Watch ESPN at WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app.
March 15-17, 2018
Cleveland, Ohio (Quicken Loans Arena - Session III Attendance: 18,680)
133 pounds: Jason Renteria – Did not compete (weight)
141 pounds: Chad Red Jr. – 3-1
First Round: #7 Brock Zacherl (Clarion) dec. Chad Red Jr. (Nebraska), 4-2
Consolation First Round: Chad Red Jr. (Nebraska) dec. Tommy Thorn (Minnesota), 8-3
Consolation Second Round: Chad Red Jr. (Nebraska) dec. Ryan Diehl (Maryland), 8-3
Consolation Third Round: Chad Red Jr. (Nebraska) dec. Vince Turk (Iowa), 3-2
Consolation Fourth Round: Chad Red Jr. (Nebraska) vs. #6 Dean Heil (Oklahoma State)
149 pounds: #13 Colton McCrystal – DNP (2-1)
First Round: Jarrett Degen (Iowa State) dec. #13 Colton McCrystal (Nebraska), 9-5
Consolation First Round: #13 Colton McCrystal (Nebraska) dec. Tyshawn Williams (SIU Edwardsville), 5-2
Consolation Second Round: #13 Colton McCrystal (Nebraska) dec. #14 Beau Donahue (NC State), 10-4
Consolation Third Round: #6 Justin Oliver (Central Michigan) dec. #13 Colton McCrystal (Nebraska), 5-2
157 pounds: #8 Tyler Berger – 2-1
First Round: #8 Tyler Berger (Nebraska) dec. Joe Velliquette (Penn), 9-3
Second Round: #8 Tyler Berger (Nebraska) tb-1 #9 Archie Colgan (Wyoming), 2-1
Quarterfinals: Hayden Hidlay (NC State) dec. #8 Tyler Berger (Nebraska), 3-2
Consolation Fourth Round: #8 Tyler Berger vs. Paul Fox (Stanford)
165 pounds: #11 Isaiah White – 2-1
First Round: #11 Isaiah White (Nebraska) dec. Demetrius Romero (Utah Valley), 9-4
Second Round: #11 Isaiah White (Nebraska) sv-1 #6 Richie Lewis (Rutgers), 3-1
Quarterfinals: Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) sv-2 #11 Isaiah White (Nebraska), 4-2
Consolation Fourth Round: #11 Isaiah White vs. #16 Jon Jay Chavez (Cornell)
184 pounds: #7 Taylor Venz – 3-1
First Round: #7 Taylor Venz (Nebraska) tech. fall Chaz Polson (Wyoming), 17-1
Second Round: Chip Ness (North Carolina) dec. #7 Taylor Venz (Nebraska), 11-6
Consolation Second Round: #7 Taylor Venz (Nebraska) tech. fall Dylan Gabel (Northern Colorado), 19-1
Consolation Third Round: #7 Taylor Venz (Nebraska) major dec. Mitch Bowman (Iowa), 16-4
Consolation Fourth Round: #7 Taylor Venz (Nebraska) vs. #4 Pete Renda (NC State)
197 pounds: Eric Schultz – DNP (2-1)
First Round: #14 Cash Wilcke (Iowa) dec. Eric Schultz (Nebraska), 4-3
Consolation First Round: Eric Schultz (Nebraska) dec. Jacob Seely (Northern Colorado), 3-2
Consolation Second Round: Eric Schultz (Nebraska) dec. #13 Jeric Kasunic (American), 3-2
Consolation Third Round: Jacob Holschlag (Northern Iowa) dec. Eric Schultz (Nebraska), 3-2