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Five Huskers Still Up for All-American Honors

By NU Athletic Communications

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Tyler Berger (157) became the 16th three-time All-American in Husker wrestling history today after his 5-2 victory by decision over #7 Larry Early (Old Dominion). Berger will compete in the second national semifinal of his career tonight in Session IV against Iowa’s #6 Kaleb Young.


As a team, the Huskers are in a three-way tie for 10th place overall with 26.5 team points. Five Huskers are still alive and four will compete in tonight’s Round of 12. Chad Red Jr. (141) and Taylor Venz (184) each won their two consolation bouts today. The redshirt sophomores are one win away from earning their second-consecutive All-American honors.


#7 Isaiah White (165) and #10 Mikey Labriola (174) fell in the quarterfinals this morning in their only match of Session III. White lost in a hard-fought, 3-1 decision in sudden victory to #2 Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State). Labriola was pinned by Missouri’s #2 Daniel Lewis in the second period to drop into wrestlebacks. Both White and Labriola will garner All-America honors with a win tonight in the Round of 12 as well.


Berger Locks Down All-America Honors for Third Time:

Berger controlled his quarterfinal match from start to finish, earning an early takedown and accumulating over two minutes of riding time to take a 5-2 victory. Berger, who finished fifth in 2017 and third at last year’s NCAA Championships, will look to advance to his first national title bout tonight. T.J. Dudley (184) was the last Husker to advance to a national championship match, which was in 2016.


Red Jr. and Venz Go Back-to-Back in Consolation Bouts:

#16 Chad Red Jr. (141) responded to a tough loss to #1 Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) yesterday by taking two straight bouts in the consolation bracket to move to the Round of 12. Red Jr. majored #31 Gabe Willits (Oregon State) and decisively beat #8 Kanen Storr (Michigan) to bring himself to within one win of his second All-America honor.


#9 Taylor Venz was his dominant self in victories over NC State’s #7 Nick Reenan and Lock Haven’s #16 Corey Hazel. Venz earned two takedowns and accumulated over four minutes of riding time his win over Reenan. Venz had three takedowns, a reversal and a two-point nearfall in his win over Hazel to advance to the blood round.


Jensen and Schultz Fall in Consolations to End Their Seasons:

#17 David Jensen (285) finished his stay at the NCAA Championships with a 10-3 loss to Utah Valley’s #15 Tate Orndorff in the second round of consolations. Jensen finishes the season with a 16-9 record.


#14 Eric Schultz took a 7-2 decision in the second round of consolations but his stay at the NCAA Championships ended with a 3-2 loss by decision to Iowa State’s #6 Willie Micklus. Schultz went 2-2 on the weekend and finishes the season with a 23-13 overall record.


Session IV:

Session IV will begin at 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. CT) tonight and television coverage will be had by ESPN and Watch ESPN. Session IV will consist of semifinals and blood rounds.


NCAA Championships

Session III
March 22, 2019 
Pittsburgh, Pa.


Individual Results:


141 pounds: #16 Chad Red Jr. – (3-1)
First Round: #16 Chad Red Jr. (Nebraska) pinned #17 Ian Parker (Iowa State) (3:59)

Second Round: #1 Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) dec. #16 Chad Red Jr. (Nebraska), 7-3

Cons. Second Round: #16 Chad Red Jr. (Nebraska) major dec. #31 Gabe Willits (Oregon State), 12-4

Cons. Third Round: #16 Chad Red Jr. (Nebraska) dec. #8 Kanen Storr (Michigan), 8-1

Round of 12: #16 Chad Red Jr. (Nebraska) vs. #22 Max Murin (Iowa)


157 pounds: #2 Tyler Berger – (3-0)

First Round: #2 Tyler Berger (Nebraska) tech. fall #31 Benjamin Barton (Campbell), 16-1

Second Round: #2 Tyler Berger (Nebraska) pinned #15 Eric Barone (Illinois) (6:07)

Quarterfinals: #2 Tyler Berger (Nebraska) dec. #7 Larry Early (Old Dominion), 5-2

Semifinals: #2 Tyler Berger (Nebraska) vs. #6 Kaleb Young (Iowa)


165 pounds: #7 Isaiah White – (2-1)
First Round: #7 Isaiah White (Nebraska) dec. #26 Joey Gunther (Illinois), 5-1

Second Round: #7 Isaiah White (Nebraska) dec. #10 Branson Ashworth (Wyoming), 5-4

Quarterfinals: #2 Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) SV-1 #7 Isaiah White (Nebraska), 3-1

Round of 12: #7 Isaiah White (Nebraska) vs. #21 Te-Shan Campbell (Ohio State)


174 pounds: #10 Mikey Labriola – (2-1)

First Round: #10 Mikey Labriola (Nebraska) dec. #23 Daniel Bullard (NC State), 7-5

Second Round: #10 Mikey Labriola (Nebraska) vs. #7 Jacobe Smith (Oklahoma State)

Quarterfinals: #2 Daniel Lewis (Missouri) pins #10 Mikey Labriola (Nebraska) (4:28)

Round of 12: #10 Mikey Labriola (Nebraska) vs. #11 Dylan Lydy (Purdue)


184 pounds: #9 Taylor Venz – (3-1)
First Round: #9 Taylor Venz (Nebraska) dec. #24 Tanner Harvey (American), 7-4

Second Round: #8 Ryan Priesch (Lehigh) dec. #9 Taylor Venz (Nebraska), 4-3

Cons. Second Round: #9 Taylor Venz (Nebraska) dec. #7 Nick Reenan (NC State), 7-2

Cons. Third Round: #9 Taylor Venz (Nebraska) dec. #16 Corey Hazel (Lock Haven), 13-7

Round of 12: #9 Taylor Venz (Nebraska) vs. #3 Zachary Zavatsky (Virginia Tech)


197 pounds: #14 Eric Schultz – (2-2) – DNP
First Round: #14 Eric Schultz (Nebraska) dec. #19 Tanner Orndorff (Utah Valley), 11-5

Second Round: #3 Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State) dec. #14 Eric Schultz (Nebraska), 7-2

Cons. Second Round: #14 Eric Schultz (Nebraska) dec. #20 Noah Adams (West Virginia), 7-2

Cons. Third Round: #6 Willie Micklus (Iowa State) dec. #14 Eric Schultz (Nebraska), 3-2


285 pounds: #17 David Jensen – (1-2) – DNP

First Round: #16 Chase Singletary dec. #17 David Jensen (Nebraska), 3-0

Cons. First Round: #17 David Jensen (Nebraska) major dec. #32 Brandon Ngati (West Virginia), 10-0

Cons. Second Round: #15 Tate Orndorff (Utah Valley) dec. #17 David Jensen (Nebraska), 10-3


1. Penn State – 80.0
2. Ohio State – 66.5

3. Oklahoma State – 56.0

4. Iowa – 43.5

4. Minnesota – 32.0

6. Missouri – 36.5

7. Michigan – 38.5

8. Rutgers – 29.5

9. NC State – 29.0

10. Nebraska – 26.5

10. Cornell – 26.5

10. Virginia Tech – 26.5


Session I Attendance: 17,949

Session II Attendance: 17,957

Session II Attendance: 18,013

Total Attendance (Through Three Sessions): 53,919


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