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Eight Huskers Set to Compete at NCAA Championships

By NU Athletic Communications

#7 Nebraska Cornhuskers 12-5 (5-4 Big Ten) at NCAA Championships

Thursday, March 21-Saturday, March 23

Pittsburgh, Pa.

PPG Paints Arena

Live Streaming (All Sessions): Watch ESPN

Sessions I, III and V: ESPNU

Sessions II, IV and IV: ESPN

 

The Matchup:

The #7 Nebraska Cornhuskers will bring eight wrestlers to the 2019 NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa. The three-day event will consist of six sessions, starting at 11 a.m. CT on Thursday, March 21 and ending on the evening of Saturday, March 23.

 

Eight Qualify for NCAA Championships:

The eight Huskers who qualified for the NCAA Championships are Zeke Moisey (125), Chad Red Jr. (141), Tyler Berger (157), Isaiah White (165), Mikey Labriola (174), Taylor Venz (184), Eric Schultz (197) and David Jensen (285).

Seven of the eight earned automatic bids with their performances at the Big Ten Championships, while two-time All-American Zeke Moisey earned an at-large bid.

 

ESPN, ESPNU and Watch ESPN to Show All Six Sessions:

• Session I begins on Thursday at 11 a.m. CT (Noon ET) with the pigtails and opening rounds. Session II, also slated for Thursday, will get started at 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET). ESPNU will have coverage of the morning session while ESPN will show the evening bouts. Session II will have the second round and consolation matches.

• Friday’s action starts at 10 a.m. CT (11 a.m. ET) with Session III, which will be streamed again on ESPNU. This includes quarterfinals and consolation matches. Session IV begins at 7 p.m., and this will consist of semifinals and consolation bouts. ESPN will again provide the coverage.

• Session V, which includes the medal round matches, is set for Saturday at 10 a.m. (CT) on ESPNU. The championship finals (Session VI) begin on Saturday at 6 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.

 

Stats and Updates:

Live stats and brackets will be available on TrackWrestling.com and updates will be posted on Twitter (@HuskerWrestling) and Facebook (@NebraskaWrestling) throughout the weekend. Each match can be streamed live on the Watch ESPN app.

 

All-Time at NCAA’s:

The Huskers have had 11 NCAA Champions, 23 NCAA finalists, 108 All-Americans and 22 top-10 team finishes. NU has finished in the top 10 in the past four years at the NCAA Championships.

 

Last Year’s NCAA Championships:

Tyler Berger (157), Chad Red Jr. (141) and Taylor Venz (184) each earned All-America honors with their top-eight finishes at nationals. Berger finished third, Red Jr. took seventh and Venz finished fourth. The Huskers had seven qualifiers and finished ninth with 47 points, marking the fourth consecutive top-10 finish for NU at the NCAA Championships.

Isaiah White (165) and Eric Schultz (197) both went 2-2 and fell just short of competing in the medal round. They’ll look to notch All-American honors for the first time this year.

 

NU at NCAA’s – Last 10 Years:

2008-09: 4th (78.5 pts.); seven qualifiers, four All-Americans

2009-10: T-12th (39.5 pts.); five qualifiers, two All-Americans

2010-11: 12th (43.5 pts.); seven qualifiers, one All-American

2011-12: T-21st (28 pts.); eight qualifiers, two All-Americans

2012-13: 13th (38 pts.); seven qualifiers, two All-Americans

2013-14: 11th (43.5 pts.); seven qualifiers, two All-Americans

2014-15: 9th (59 pts.); nine qualifiers, three All-Americans

2015-16: 8th (58 pts.); ten qualifiers, three All-Americans

2016-17: 9th (59.5 pts.); seven qualifiers, four All-Americans

2017-18: 9th (47 pts.); seven qualifiers, three All-Americans

 

Nebraska’s Big Ten Championships Lineup:

125: Sr. Zeke Moisey (13-11) – 18th Seed

141: #12 So. Chad Red Jr. (18-11) – 16th Seed

157: #2 Sr. Tyler Berger (24-3) – 2nd Seed

165: #7 Jr. Isaiah White (20-7) – 7th Seed

174: #10 R-Fr. Mikey Labriola (26-6) – 10th Seed

184: #7 So. Taylor Venz (21-7) – 9th Seed

197: #10 So. Eric Schultz (21-11) – 14th Seed

285: #16 Jr. David Jensen (15-7) – 17th Seed

  

Huskers NCAA Championships Experience:

Zeke Moisey (125) and Tyler Berger (157) are each making their fourth appearance at the NCAA Championships this week. Both are two-time All-Americans.

Chad Red Jr. (141) and Taylor Venz (184) were both All-Americans as redshirt freshmen last season in their first trips to nationals.

Isaiah White (165) and Eric Schultz (197) are also making their second trip to the NCAA Championships. Each went 2-2 last year and did not place.

• Redshirt freshman Mikey Labriola (174) and junior David Jensen (285) will each be making their first appearance at nationals when they compete in Pittsburgh this weekend.

 

Huskers Nuggets:

• Nebraska outscored its 17 dual opponents by a combined score of 378-249.

• Nebraska won 101 of 170 (59.4%) of the individual matches in dual competition.

• As a program, Nebraska has won 713 duals all-time after starting the season at 701 dual victories.

• The Huskers have a 12-5 record, but two of the four losses (22-21 vs. #10 Wisconsin and 18-17 at #7 NC State) came by criteria. NU is 7-5 against ranked opponents this season.

• Returning All-American Tyler Berger (157) won his 112th match on Saturday against #8 Steve Bleise of Minnesota. This moved him up to 13th all-time in program history in career victories.

• Redshirt freshman Mikey Labriola (174) leads the team with 69 dual takedowns in 17 bouts. Labriola is 26-6 on the season (14-3 in duals).

• After starting the season 1-3, junior Isaiah White (165) has won 19 of his last 23 matches, with his only losses coming to #1 Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State), #2 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) and #3 Evan Wick (Wisconsin) and #5 Logan Massa (Michigan).

• Returning All-American Taylor Venz (184) has won 11 of his 15 bouts in 2019 (five by pinfall).

• Eight Huskers are ranked in the top 20 of their weight class according to InterMat/OpenMat/FloWrestling rankings. Berger (157), White (165), Labriola (174), Venz (184) and Schultz (197) all rank in the top 10 in at least one of these rankings services.

 

Nine Huskers Place at Big Ten Championships:

• NU sent wrestlers in all 10 weight classes to the Big Ten Championships on March 9-10. Nine of the 10 ended up placing in the top 12 of their weight class.

Tyler Berger (157) and Chad Red Jr. (141) led the way for NU as each took second place. Berger came in as the No. 2 seed in his class while Red Jr. came in at No. 8. Red Jr. was the lowest seed to make the championship bout in his weight class of all Big Ten wrestlers.

• Labriola (174), Venz (184) and Schultz (197) each took fourth in their class while White (165) took fifth. Jensen (285) finished sixth, true freshman Jevon Parrish (133) took ninth and Moisey (125) finished 12th.

 

All-Americans Back for More:

• In 2018, Tyler Berger (157), Chad Red Jr. (141) and Taylor Venz (184) all earned All-America honors for the Huskers in the team's ninth place finish at NCAA's. NU is trying to make it five straight years with at least three All-Americans this season.

Tyler Berger and Isaiah White (165) are the only Huskers seeded within the top eight of their weight class. Berger took third last year while White was eliminated in the round of 12. If NU is going to have three All-Americans this year, it will take at least one Husker outperforming their pre-seed allocation.

 

Berger Moves His Way Up the Record Books:

• After winning his 112th career match in the Big Ten Championships semifinals, redshirt senior Tyler Berger is in 13th place on the all-time wins list at Nebraska. He’s two wins away from tying three-time All-American T.J. Dudley (2013-17) for 10th place all-time.

• Berger has defeated seven out of the nine top-ten opponents he’s faced this year. He went on the road to defeat NC State’s #4 Hayden Hidlay, beat Northwestern’s #2 Ryan Deakin on Jan. 6, and defeated Ohio State’s #6 Ke-Shawn Hayes twice. He suffered his only top-10 losses of the season against Penn State’s #1 Jason Nolf, who defeated him in a Jan. 20 dual and at the Big Ten Championships.

• After his win over Deakin, Berger earned both the OpenMat Wrestler of the Week award and the USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week. 

 

Labriola on Pace for Freshman Records:

• After earning the Nebraska Redshirt of the Year award in 2017-18, Mikey Labriola has impressed in his first season as a starter at 174 pounds for Nebraska. He’s 26-6 (14-3 in duals), and leads the team in dual takedowns with 69.

• Labriola has won a team-high 14 bouts by bonus points this year and holds five victories over top 20 opponents.

• The 174-pounder from Easton, Pa., is two wins away from joining the top 10 in single-season wins for a freshman at Nebraska.

 

Isaiah Remains White Hot:

• Junior Isaiah White qualified for the NCAA Championships last season in his first year as a Husker. He hit adversity early in the 2018-19 season, however, winning just one of his first four matches.

• Since his 1-3 start, White has won 19 of his past 23 matches, including seven bouts against top 20 opponents. He’s earned four major decisions, one tech. fall and the other 14 by decision. His best win came in the semis of the Cliff Keen Invitational, when he defeated #5 Logan Massa of Michigan.

 

Closing in on Milestones:

• #2 Tyler Berger (157) has 112 career wins. He’s now 14th in all-time wins at Nebraska and just four wins away from being in the top 10.

• #9 Mikey Labriola (174) carries a 26-6 record into this weekend. The redshirt freshman from Easton, Pa., is two wins away from breaking into the top 10 list for wins as a freshman. With four more wins, Labriola will be the 79th Husker to win more than 30 matches in a season.

• #16 Zeke Moisey (97-47) is three wins away from reaching 100-career victories. He’s 13-11 overall at Nebraska in his redshirt senior year. His other 84 wins came in his first four years at WVU.

 

Jensen Goes From Walk-On to NCAA Qualifier:

• Not only has Mobridge, S.D., native David Jensen secured the heavyweight spot for the Huskers, he’s becoming one of the better 285-pounders in the country. Since joining the lineup in early December, Jensen holds a 15-7 record (7-4 in duals) with four wins over top 20 opponents.

• Four years ago, Jensen came to Nebraska as a regular student with no intentions to wrestle in college. By November of his freshman year, he reached out to the coaching staff about walking on. He joined the team shortly thereafter and has since become a consistent presence in the lineup.

• Jensen is a consensus top-20 heavyweight in the country. He earned the best win of his career on Super Bowl Sunday over Iowa’s #3 Sam Stoll. Jensen took a 3-0 decision and tacked on 4:00 of riding time to control Stoll throughout the bout. He has two top-10 wins this season. 

 

Last Time Out:

The Huskers finished in fifth place at the Big Ten Championships last weekend in Minneapolis, Minn. Nine of the 10 Huskers placed, led by Berger and Red Jr., who each took second place.

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