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Huskers Fall Just Short in Loss to #7 NC State

By NU Athletic Communications

Raleigh, N.C. – The #11 Nebraska wrestling team came up just short of pulling off its second top-15 road victory in as many days, losing 18-17 to the #7 NC State Wolfpack. The Huskers led 17-9 heading into the final two matches, but a Sean Fausz 8-2 decision over Zeke Moisey and a tech. fall by #4 Tariq Wilson over Tucker Sjomeling tied up the score at 17.


NC State won the match 18-17, by criteria, as they held a 56-43 advantage over Nebraska in total points scored. The Huskers (5-2) have lost by criteria in both losses this year (22-21 against Wisconsin on Nov. 16).


NU started out day with a strong performance by Chad Red Jr. at 141 pounds. He responded to a tough loss yesterday to North Carolina by beating #13 Jamal Morris 3-2. A second period takedown for Red carried him to his first top 15 victory of the season to put his team up 3-0.


Zemua Baptista made his dual debut for Nebraska today, performing admirably but ultimately falling short in an 8-2 decision to #4 Justin Oliver.


In one of the featured bouts of the day, #5 Tyler Berger squared off with #4 Hayden Hidlay of NC State. Hidlay got the best of Berger twice last year, but that was not the case today. Berger trailed 1-0 heading into the third period, but two late takedowns carried him to a massive 5-2 decision over Hidlay, one of his top challengers for the national championship at 157 pounds.


#6 Isaiah White won his seventh straight match and earned his fourth top-20 win of the season after beating #18 Thomas Bullard by major decision, 13-3. #9 Mikey Labriola gave NU its biggest lead of the day at 14-3 when he defeated Daniel Bullard 13-4 in another major decision. The win moved Labriola to 13-2 on the season, which includes a 6-1 dual record.


After the intermission, #3 Taylor Venz dropped a top-five matchup to #5 Nick Reenan, 8-6. #19 Malik McDonald then grinded out a 3-2 decision over #9 Eric Schultz to bring NC State to within 14-9 with three bouts to go.


David Jensen moved to 7-0 on the season (2-0 in duals) after earning a 5-2 decision over Deonte Wilson. Jensen led 1-0 heading into the third period, but a four-point nearfall pushed his lead to 5-0. He gave up a late reversal, but still took home a 5-2 decision.


Trailing 17-9, NC State earned nine team points (including criteria points) in the final two bouts to win 18-17. With the loss, Nebraska moves to 5-2 (0-1 B1G) and NC State stays undefeated with a 6-0 (0-0 ACC) record.


#11 Nebraska 17 #7 NC State 18
Dec. 16, 2018 
Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum)


Match Results: 

141: Chad Red Jr. (NEB) dec. #13 Jamal Morris (NCSU), 3-2 (NEB 3, NCSU 0)

149: #4 Justin Oliver (NCSU) dec. Zemua Baptista (NEB), 8-2 (NEB 3, NCSU 3)

157: #5 Tyler Berger (NEB) dec. #4 Hayden Hidlay (NCSU), 5-2 (NEB 6, NCSU 3)

165: #6 Isaiah White (NEB) major dec. #18 Thomas Bullard (NCSU), 13-3 (NEB 10, NCSU 3)

174: #9 Mikey Labriola (NEB) major dec. Daniel Bullard (NCSU), 13-4 (NEB 14, NCSU 3)

184: #5 Nick Reenan (NCSU) dec. #3 Taylor Venz (NEB), 8-6 (NEB 14, NCSU 6)

197: #19 Malik McDonald (NCSU) dec. #9 Eric Schultz (NEB), 3-2 (NEB 14, NCSU 9)

HWT: David Jensen (NEB) dec. Deonte Wilson (NCSU), 5-2 (NEB 17, NCSU 9)

125: #6 Sean Fausz (NCSU) dec. #11 Zeke Moisey (NEB), 8-2 (NEB 17, NCSU 12)

133: #4 Tariq Wilson (NCSU) tech. fall Tucker Sjomeling (NEB), 18-2 (NCSU 17, NEB 17)**


**NC State wins by criteria, 18-17, NC State wins based on total points scored in the dual (58-53).


Up Next:

Nebraska has a couple weeks off before returning to Lincoln after the holidays to resume Big Ten play. NU is set to host the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. The dual is set to be streamed on FloWrestling.


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