Sunday's dual will be the first of a three-dual home stand which continues next weekend at the Devaney Center.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Welcome Penn State for Top-Five Showdown

By NU Athletic Communications

#3 Penn State at #5 Nebraska
Sunday, Jan. 8 • 2 p.m. (CT)
Lincoln, Neb. • Devaney Center
Live Video Streaming: BTN Plus
Twitter Updates: @HuskerWrestling

The No. 5 Nebraska wrestling team (7-0, 1-0 Big Ten) opens the New Year by hosting defending national champion and third-ranked Penn State on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. (CT). The dual will be streamed live on BTN Plus (subscription required). The action can also be followed on Twitter via @HuskerWrestling.

Last Time Out: The Huskers, led by individual champions Eric Montoya (133), TJ Dudley (184) and Aaron Studebaker (197), finished second as a team at the Midlands Championships with 135.5 points, Dec. 29-30.

Up Next: Next weekend the Huskers host Big Ten foes Wisconsin (Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.) and Michigan (Jan. 15 at 1:15 p.m.) at the Devaney Center. The Michigan dual, set to be televised on the Big Ten Network, will be the annual Tumble N Rumble event with women’s gymnastics.

Back Points

  • 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 5th as a team in the latest InterMat Dual Meet Rankings (Jan. 4).
  • All-Americans TJ Dudley (19-0) and Eric Montoya (16-0) remain undefeated on the season entering the weekend.
  • Tim Lambert (125), Tyler Berger (157) and Collin Jensen (HWT) each surpassed the 20-win plateau for the season in their last outing at the Midlands Championships.
  • Lambert (125) leads all starters in pins (5) this season.
  • Dudley (184) leads all starters in technical falls (8) this season.
  • Colton McCrystal (141) and Aaron Studebaker (197) each lead all starters in major decisions (6) this season.

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

  • TJ Dudley (100-26) became the 25th member of Nebraska’s 100-win club on Dec. 30 at the Midlands Championships. Several other Huskers can make the list this season.
    • Eric Montoya (99-42) is one win away from the 100th of his career. He is 66-25 at Nebraska.
    • Aaron Studebaker (97-31) is three wins away from the 100th of his career.
    • Tim Lambert (95-38) is five 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)

Scouting the Penn State Nittany Lions

  • 2016-17 Dual Record: 4-0 (0-0 Big Ten)
    • Wins (4): Army West Point (45-0), Stanford (36-6), Lehigh (30-10), Binghamton (46-0)
    • Eight Nittany Lions won titles at the Keystone Classic (Nov. 20)
    • Will face Minnesota on Friday, Jan. 6 on the road before visiting Nebraska on Sunday
  • Zain Retherford is the defending national champion at 149 pounds
  • Retherford and Jason Nolf (157) are each ranked first in their respective weight classes
  • Six Nittany Lions are ranked in the top five of their weight class
  • 2016 NCAA Championships: 1st (123 points)
  • Coached by Cael Sanderson (8th season at Penn State; 11th season overall)
    • Career Record: 146-24-2 (11th season overall)
    • Record at Penn State: 102-14-2 (8th season)


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