Last season the Huskers finished second at the Midlands Championships with two finalists.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Close December at Midlands Championships

By NU Athletic Communications

54th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships
Thursday, Dec. 29 - Friday, Dec. 30
Evanston, Ill. • Welsh-Ryan Arena
Video Streaming/TV: BTN2Go/Big Ten Network

Tournament Information
Thursday, Dec. 29
9:30 a.m. (CT): Session I
10 mats
Video Streaming: BTN2Go

7 p.m. (CT): Session II
10 mats
Video Streaming: BTN2Go

Friday, Dec. 30
Noon (CT): Session III
Semifinals, Consolation, 7th place matches
Video Streaming: BTN2Go

7 p.m. (CT): Session IV
Finals, 3rd, 5th place matches
Video Streaming/TV: BTN2Go/Big Ten Network

The No. 7 Nebraska wrestling team (7-0) makes its final appearance before the New Year at the Midlands Championships, Dec. 29-30, at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill. The first three sessions will be streamed on BTN2Go with the final session set to be televised on the Big Ten Network.

Thursday’s action begins with Session I at 9:30 a.m. (CT) and the second session is set for 7 p.m. (CT). Session III starts on Friday at noon (CT) with Session IV set for 7 p.m. (CT).

Last Time Out: The Huskers defeated No. 9 NC State (22-10) and North Carolina (30-6) on the road, Dec. 9-10.

Up Next: The Huskers return home to host defending national champion Penn State at the Devaney Center on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. (CT).

Quick Notes

  • Nebraska has outscored its seven dual opponents by a combined score of 222-43.
  • Nebraska has won 57 of 70 individual matches in dual competition.
  • Nebraska is ranked 7th as a team in the latest NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll (Dec. 20)
  • Last year at the Midlands Championships, Nebraska finished second (135 points) behind Iowa (152). TJ Dudley (184) and Derek White (197) each took runner-up honors.

Experienced Group Leading Huskers

  • Nebraska returns two All-Americans from last season: TJ Dudley (2nd at 184) and Eric Montoya (5th at 133)
  • Nebraska returns seven NCAA qualifiers from last season: Tim Lambert (125), Eric Montoya (133), Tyler Berger (157), Micah Barnes (174), TJ Dudley (184), Aaron Studebaker (197) and Collin Jensen (HWT)
  • Nebraska’s senior class has combined for 15 NCAA appearances: TJ Dudley (3), Eric Montoya (3), Tim Lambert (3), Collin Jensen (3), Aaron Studebaker (2) and Micah Barnes (1)

Individual Milestones to Watch

  • Nebraska’s 100-win club has 24 members, but several Huskers can make the list this season.
    • TJ Dudley (95-26) is five wins away from the 100th of his career.
    • Eric Montoya (94-42) is six wins away from the 100th of his career. He is 61-25 at Nebraska.
    • Aaron Studebaker (92-31) is eight wins away from the 100th of his career.
    • Tim Lambert (91-37) is nine wins away from the 100th of his career.

Huskers Working Through Tough Schedule

  • Nebraska will face seven opponents who finished in the top 20 at last year’s NCAA Championships: Penn State (1st), Ohio State (3rd), Iowa (5th), Michigan (9th), NC State (11th), Minnesota (17th) and Wyoming (18th)

Three Wrestlers Join Huskers

  • The Huskers announced the addition of three wrestlers for next season on Nov. 16.
    • Jason Renteria – Oak Park, Ill. (Oak Park River Forest)
    • Tucker Sjomeling – Delano, Minn. (Delano)
    • Mikey Labriola – Bethlehem, Pa. (Bethlehem Catholic)


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