Chad Red Jr., Mikey Labriola and Taylor Venz will wrestle for All-America honors in this evening’s Round of 12 following Thursday’s opening sessions of the 2021 NCAA Championships.
Leading the Huskers with three wins in the tournament, #8 Red Jr. (141) won both of his consolation matches of the morning to earn himself a spot in Friday evening’s Round of 12. He picked up a 12-8 decision over Iowa State’s #7 Ian Parker in the second consolation round before earning bonus points in an 11-3 major decision over Purdue’s #18 Parker Filius.
#4 Labriola (174) and #8 Venz (184) represented Nebraska in the championship quarterfinals but fell in their matches to move to the consolation bracket. Labriola dropped his bout to Cal Poly’s #12 Bernie Truax by 4-2 decision. Venz met Penn State’s top-seeded Aaron Brooks in his quarterfinal match, falling by 9-4 decision.
While three Huskers remain alive in the tournament, five ended their NCAA Championship run on Thursday. Peyton Robb (165) and Eric Schultz (197) both won their first matches of the day but were eliminated from the tournament in the third round of the consolation bracket. Robb started off the day with a win over Wyoming’s #20 Cole Moody by major decision, 15-7. In the third consolation round, the sophomore met Michigan’s #11 Cameron Amine and fell by 6-4 decision. Robb finishes the 2020-21 season 11-7 overall. Schultz also won his first match of the day by major decision, taking down Lehigh’s #16 Jake Jakobsen 10-2. The senior was then defeated by Missouri’s #7 Rocky Elam in the third consolation round. He finishes the year 12-3 overall.
Liam Cronin (125), Ridge Lovett (149) and Christian Lance (285) fell in their respective second consolation round matches. Cronin (125) dropped a tight bout to Lehigh’s Jaret Lane, 14-13. He finishes the season 10-5 overall in his first year as a Husker. Lovett was pinned by Duke’s #27 Josh Finesilver in his second consolation match to close his sophomore season 9-3 overall. Lance, with an overall record of 10-7 this season, took his match to overtime, but ultimately fell 3-1 to Missouri’s #11 Zach Elam.
Session V will begin at 7 p.m. (CT) with television coverage by ESPN and individual mat coverage on ESPN3.
2021 NCAA Championships
St. Louis, Mo. | Enterprise Center
Individual Results – Session III
125 pounds: #13 Liam Cronin (1-2)
First Round: #13 Liam Cronin (NEB) pinned Jake Ferri (KENT), 6:29
Second Round: #4 Drew Hildebrandt (CMU) dec. #13 Liam Cronin (NEB), 2-1
Cons. Second Round: #14 Jaret Lane (LEH) dec. #13 Liam Cronin (NEB), 13-12
141 pounds: #8 Chad Red Jr. (3-1)
First Round: #8 Chad Red Jr. (NEB) dec. #25 Drew Mattin (MICH), 8-6
Second Round: #9 Dresden Simon (CMU) dec. #8 Chad Red Jr. (NEB), 6-3
Cons. Second Round: #8 Chad Red Jr. (NEB) dec. #7 Ian Parker (ISU), 12-8
Cons. Third Round: #8 Chad Red Jr. (NEB) major dec. #18 Parker Filius (PUR), 11-3
Round of 12: #8 Chad Red Jr. (NEB) vs. #6 Allan Hart (MIZZ)
149 pounds: #5 Ridge Lovett (1-2)
First Round: #5 Ridge Lovett (NEB) dec. #28 Peyton Omania (MSU), 6-4 SV
Second Round: #12 Max Murin (IOWA) dec. #5 Ridge Lovett (NEB), 5-3
Cons. Second Round: #27 Josh Finesilver (DUKE) pinned #5 Ridge Lovett (NEB), 2:50
165 pounds: #14 Peyton Robb (2-2)
First Round: #14 Peyton Robb (NEB) dec. #19 Gerrit Nijenhuis (PUR), 4-1
Second Round: #3 Jake Wentzel (PITT) dec. #14 Peyton Robb (NEB), 8-1
Cons. Second Round: #14 Peyton Robb (NEB) major dec. #20 Cole Moody (WYO), 15-7
Cons. Third Round: #11 Cameron Amine (MICH) dec. #14 Peyton Robb (NEB), 6-4
174 pounds: #4 Mikey Labriola (2-1)
First Round: #4 Mikey Labriola (NEB) def. #29 Lance Runyon (UNI), Medical Forfeit
Second Round: #4 Mikey Labriola (NEB) dec. #20 Trenton Munoz (ASU), 5-3
Quarterfinals: #12 Bernie Truax (CP) dec. #4 Mikey Labriola (NEB), 4-2
Round of 12: #4 Mikey Labriola (NEB) vs. #16 Clay Lautt (UNC)
184 pounds: #8 Taylor Venz (2-1)
First Round: #8 Taylor Venz (NEB) tech. fall #25 Matthew Waddell (CHAT), 19-0 (5:15)
Second Round: #8 Taylor Venz (NEB) dec. #9 Jeremiah Kent (MIZZ), 10-4
Quarterfinals: #1 Aaron Brooks (PSU) dec. #8 Taylor Venz (NEB), 9-4
Round of 12: #8 Taylor Venz (NEB) vs. #11 Dakota Greer (OKST)
197 pounds: #2 Eric Schultz (2-2)
First Round: #31 Owen Pentz (NDSU) pinned #2 Eric Schultz (NEB), 4:51
Cons. First Round: #2 Eric Schultz (NEB) dec. #18 Jacob Koser (NAVY), 4-2
Cons. Second Round: #2 Eric Schultz (NEB) major dec. #16 Jake Jakobsen (LEH), 10-2
Cons. Third Round: #7 Rocky Elam (MIZZ) major dec. #2 Eric Schultz (NEB), 12-3
285 pounds: #12 Christian Lance (1-2)
First Round: #21 Tate Orndorff (OHST) dec. #12 Christian Lance (NEB), 2-1
Cons. First Round: #12 Christian Lance dec. #28 Jon Spaulding (EDIN), 3-2
Cons. Second Round: #11 Zach Elam (MIZZ) dec. #12 Christian Lance, 3-1 SV
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