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Huskers Grab 5 Individual Titles at Daktronics Open

November 06, 2017

After advancing seven wrestlers to the finals, Nebraska walked away with five individual titles at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open hosted by South Dakota State on Sunday.

Chad Red Jr. (141), Colton McCrystal (149), Tyler Berger (157), Mikey Labriola (174) and Taylor Venz (184) each earned a first place finish.

Isaiah White (165) and Eric Schultz (197) both finished second.

No. 17 Red, a redshirt freshman, earned his second Daktronics Open title, upsetting No. 6 Tommy Thorn, an NCAA All-American for Minnesota, 5-3 in sudden victory.

No. 9 McCrystal earned his first career Daktronics Open title with an upset win of his own, defeating No. 7 Steve Bleise of Minnesota by fall during the tiebreaker period.

Nebraska’s highest ranked wrestler, No. 4 Tyler Berger, held off No. 10 Jake Short of Minnesota 4-2 in sudden victory. Berger’s first place finish at the Daktronics Open was his third in as many years.

Wrestling unattached, Labriola, a true freshman, defeated No. 14 David Kocer, a two-time NCAA qualifier, of South Dakota State, 7-3.

Venz cruised to a 17-1 technical fall against Brady Ayers of South Dakota State in the 184-pound championship match.

White and Schultz came up short in their respective title matches. White lost to No. 11 Nick Wanzek, a two-time NCAA qualifier, of Minnesota 2-0. Schultz lost to No. 9 Nate Rotert, a three-time NCAA qualifier, of South Dakota State by way of tiebreaker, 6-5.

Ten other Huskers placed in their respective weight classes.

Kris Williams (125), Brian Peska (133) and Collin Purinton (149) each finished third.

Mitchell Maginnis (125), Luke Weber (149) and David Jensen (HWT) each finished fourth.

Tucker Sjomeling (133), Jordan Shearer (149) and Patrick Grayson (HWT) all finished fifth, while Cade Svoboda (197) finished sixth.

Nebraska begins its dual season against Wyoming on Nov. 17 at the Devaney Center at 7 p.m.

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