Mikey Labriola went 5-1 at 79 kg at the 2018 Marine Corps Freestyle Junior Nationals
Photo by Stephanie Carpenter/Nebraska Communications

Labriola Takes Runner-Up Honors at Junior Nationals

By NU Athletic Communications

Las Vegas, Nev. - Nebraska redshirt freshman Mikey Labriola finished second at 79 kg, while redshirt sophomore Beau Breske took third at the same weight class at the Marine Corps UWW Men's Freestyle Junior Nationals at South Point Arena.

Labriola went 5-1 on the tournament and reached the final match, but fell to Cadet World Champion Aaron Brooks of TMWC/EAP by a 14-3 technical fall. Labriola won all four of his matches on Friday, and defeated NCAA qualifier Matthew Finesilver of Duke and Blue Blood Wrestling Club by a 12-2 technical fall in the semifinal match.

Breske went 6-1 over the weekend, and defeated Finesilver by a 10-0 technical fall in just over one minute in the third-place match. Breske fell by a 6-2 decision to Brooks in Saturday's semifinal, but bounced back with a 10-0 win over Trent Hidlay to reach the third-place match.

Redshirt freshman Christian Miller wrestled at 61 kg, but did not place after going 1-2. Redshirt sophomores Caleb Licking (70 kg) and Johnny Blankenship (74 kg) both went 2-2, but did not place.

Wrestlers with Husker ties also competed at the Marine Corps U.S. Senior Freestyle Nationals in Las Vegas, with an NU alum and a Nebraska Wrestling Training Center athlete taking third place, and a former Husker three-time All-American taking fourth.

Four-time NCAA qualifier at NU and current Purdue volunteer assistant coach Jake Sueflohn placed third at 74 pounds, after he defeated Quinton Godley of Wolfpack Wrestling Club by an 11-0 technical fall.

Dom Bradley, who trains in Lincoln at the NWTC and is currently ranked second at 125 kg in the nation, placed third after defeating Gable Steveson of Minnesota Storm by criteria, 2-2.

TJ Dudley, who was a three-time All-American at NU, took fourth place at 86 kg, as he went 3-2 on the weekend. Dudley dropped a 10-0 technical fall to Nick Reenan of Wolfpack Wrestling Club in the third-place match.

NU alums Tim Lambert (57 kg) and Anthony Abidin (65 kg) both went 1-2 at the tournament.

Marine Corps UWW Men's Freestyle Junior Nationals
April 27-28
Las Vegas, Nev. (South Point Arena)

61 kg: Redshirt Freshman Christian Miller - DNP (1-2)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: Christian Miller dec. Job Greenwood (GRIT Athletics Wrestling Club), 11-8
Third Round: Derek Spann (Bulls Wrestling Club) dec. Christian Miller, 16-10
Consolation Fourth Round: Gable Fox (IAWC) pin Christian Miller, 3:53

70 kg: Redshirt Sophomore Caleb Licking - DNP (2-2)
First Round: Parker Kropman (Bearcat Wrestling Club) tech. fall Caleb Licking, 10-0
Consolation First Round: Caleb Licking dec. Jed Loveless (Wyoming Wrestling RTC), 13-4
Consolation Second Round: Caleb Licking dec. Jacob Wright (Valley RTC), 5-5
Consolation Third Round: Tyler Shilson (Wisconsin) pin Caleb Licking, 3:00

74 kg: Redshirt Sophomore Johnny Blankenship - DNP (2-2)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: Jason Romero (Colorado Mesa Wrestling Club) tech. fall Johnny Blankenship, 10-0
Consolation Second Round: Johnny Blankenship tech. fall Greg Gaxiola (Valley RTC), 11-1
Consolation Third Round: Johnny Blankenship dec. Wilder Wichmann (Warhawk Wrestling Club), 5-2
Consolation Fourth Round: Layne Van Anrooy (Michigan Regional Training Center) tech. fall Johnny Blankenship, 14-4

79 kg: Redshirt Sophomore Beau Breske - 3rd (6-1
First Round: Beau Breske tech. fall Tommy O'Brien (Pittsburgh Wrestling Club), 10-0
Second Round: Beau Breske pin Ahmed Alford (Navy-Marine Corps RTC), 1:40
Third Round: Beau Breske dec. Elijah Cleary (OSC-Unattached), 3-1
Quarterfinals: Beau Breske dec. Jacob Covaciu (Wisconsin), 4-1
Semifinals: Aaron Brooks (TMWC/EAP) dec. Beau Breske, 6-2
Consolation Semifinals: Beau Breske tech. fall Trent Hidlay (Bison Legend), 10-0
Third-Place Match: Beau Breske tech. fall Matthew Finesilver (Blue Blood Wrestling Club), 10-0

79 kg: Redshirt Freshman Mikey Labriola - 2nd (5-1)
First Round: Mikey Labriola tech. fall Hampton Boyd (Naval Academy Prep School), 10-0
Second Round: Mikey Labriola tech. fall Christopher Ronaldo Perez Lopez (Team Puma), 10-0
Third Round: Mikey Labriola tech. fall Michael O'Malley (Apex), 25-13
Quarterfinals: Mikey Labriola tech. fall Trent Hidlay (Bison Legend), 12-1
Semifinals: Mikey Labriola tech. fall Matthew Finesilver (Blue Blood Wrestling Club), 12-2
Finals: Aaron Brooks (TMWC/EAP) tech. fall Mikey Labriola, 14-3

Marine Corps U.S. Senior Freestyle Nationals
April 27-28
Las Vegas, Nev. (South Point Arena)

57 kg: Nebraska Alum and Volunteer Assistant Coach Tim Lambert - DNP (1-2)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: David Terao (DCAC) tech. fall Tim Lambert, 10-0
Consolation Second Round: Tim Lambert tech. fall DaWayne Robertson (Unattached), 14-4
Consolation Third Round: Frank Perrelli (TMWC) dec. Tim Lambert, 7-2

65 kg: Nebraska Alum Anthony Abidin - DNP (1-2)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: Anthony Abidin tech. fall Dylan Thurston (NYAC/Valley WC), 13-2
Quarterfinals: Evan Henderson (TMWC) dec. Anthony Abidin, 9-8
Consolation Fourth Round: Jayson Ness (Minnesota Storm) dec. Anthony Abidin, 9-8

74 kg: Nebraska Alum Jake Sueflohn - 3rd (5-1)
First Round: Jake Sueflohn dec. Taleb Rahmani (Pittsburgh Wrestling Club), 13-6
Second Round: Jake Sueflohn dec. Evan Wick (TMWC/Wisconsin), 6-4
Quarterfinals: Jake Sueflohn tech. fall Carson Brolsma (Minnesota Storm), 12-2
Semfinals: Isaiah Martinez (TMWC) tech. fall Jake Sueflohn, 11-0
Consolation Semifinals: Jake Sueflohn tech. fall Evan Wick (TMWC/Wisconsin), 12-2
Third-Place Match: Jake Sueflohn tech. fall Quinton Godley (Wolfpack Wrestling Club), 11-0

86 kg: Nebraska Alum TJ Dudley - 4th (3-2)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: TJ Dudley tech. fall Brandon Supernaw (Western Colorado Wrestling Club), 11-0
Quarterfinals: TJ Dudley tech. fall Bryan Battisto (Roadrunner WC), 10-0
Semifinals: David Taylor (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club) tech. fall TJ Dudley, 12-2
Consolation Semifinals: TJ Dudley tech. fall Austin Coburn (Predator), 10-0
Third-Place Match: Nick Reenan (Wolfpack Wrestling Club) tech. fall TJ Dudley, 10-0

125 kg: NWTC Athlete Dom Bradley - 3-1
First Round: Dom Bradley pin Malique Trumbo (Unattached), 0:26
Second Round: Dom Bradley tech. fall Matthew Voss (Patriot Elite Wrestling Club), 10-0
Quarterfinals: Dom Bradley dec. Michael Kosoy (TMWC), 7-0
Semifinals: Adam Coon (NYAC/MWC) dec. Dom Bradley, 3-3
Consolation Semifinals: Dom Bradley dec. Anthony Nelson (Minnesota Storm), 2-1
Third-Place Match: Dom Bradley dec. Gable Steveson (Minnesota Storm), 2-2

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