NU Garners Preseason Team and Individual Honors
Lincoln, Neb. – Coming off of a ninth place finish at the 2018 NCAA Championships, the Nebraska Wrestling team continues to garner preseason accolades. FloWrestling (flowrestling.org) has NU as the No. 7 ranked team in the country while The Open Mat (theopenmat.com) has NU at No. 9 entering the 2018-19 season. Big Ten foes Penn State, Ohio State and Iowa are also listed in the top ten.
From an individual standpoint, Nebraska has seven wrestlers ranked in the top 15 of their weight class in both The Open Mat and FloWrestling rankings. Zeke Moisey, a fifth-year senior who transferred from West Virginia this year, comes in at No. 6 in FloWrestling’s rankings and No. 7 in The Open Mat’s rankings at 125 pounds. A two-time All-American and three-time NCAA Championships qualifier, Moisey expects to compete at a national championship level in his first and only year as a Husker.
Redshirt sophomore Chad Red Jr., who finished 7th at the 2018 NCAA Championships at 141 pounds, ranks as the No. 6 wrestler in his class in both sets of rankings. Tyler Berger (157 pounds) and Taylor Venz (184 pounds) come in as the No. 5 and No. 3 wrestlers in their weight classes, respectively. Each returns after garnering All-America honors last season. Berger looks to become the first three-time All-American at Nebraska since T.J. Dudley did so from 2015-17.
Junior Isaiah White, who transferred from Division II Notre Dame College in 2017, ranks as the No. 9 wrestler in the country at 165 pounds. White qualified for the 2018 NCAA Championships in his first year as a Husker last year and made it to the Round of 12. Eric Schultz (197 pounds), another 2018 NCAA Championships qualifier, comes in at No. 14 on both sets of rankings.
NU’s lone representative on FloWrestling/The Open Mat’s preseason rankings without any collegiate dual experience is Mikey Labriola. The Huskers 2017-18 Redshirt of the Year award winner, Labriola accumulated an 18-2 record last year. He emerged with tournament victories at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open, UNK Holiday Inn Open and Bob Smith Open. Both rankings services have Labriola as the No. 11 ranked wrestler at 174 pounds.
The Huskers season begins on Thursday, Nov. 1 with the annual Coaches Clinic/Wrestle-Offs. These are scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Devaney Center.
Season tickets go on sale on Thursday, Oct. 18. For information on how to purchase season and single-match tickets, visit Huskers.com/Tickets.