NEB WRES: Huskers Head to North Carolina Over Weekend

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Courtesy: UNL Media Relations

#7 Nebraska at #9 NC State
Friday, Dec. 9 • 6 p.m. (CT)
Raleigh, N.C. • Reynolds Coliseum
Live Video Streaming: WatchESPN
ACC Network Extra

#7 Nebraska at North Carolina
Saturday, Dec. 10 • Noon (CT)
Chapel Hill, N.C. • Carmichael Arena
Live Video Streaming: WatchESPN
ACC Network Extra

The No. 7 Nebraska wrestling team (5-0) visits a pair of ACC foes this weekend, when the Huskers face No. 9 NC State and North Carolina.

The Huskers battle the Wolfpack on Friday at 6 p.m. (CT) at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C. NU grapples against the Tar Heels on Saturday at noon (CT) at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C. Both duals will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra on WatchESPN.

Last Time Out: The Huskers swept their duals at NU Coliseum on Saturday against Michigan State (35-3), Drexel (33-4) and No. 25 Princeton (27-6).

Up Next: The Huskers journey to Evanston, Ill., Dec. 29-30, for the Midlands Championships. The first day of action is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. (CT) and the second day will start at noon (CT).

Scouting the NC State Wolfpack

• 2016-17 Dual Record: 3-0 (0-0 ACC)

• Wins (3): UNC Pembroke (43-6), Air Force (29-6), #23 Appalachian State (30-8)

• 2016 NCAA Championships: 11th (49 points)

• 2015-16 Dual Record: 23-1 (4-1 ACC)

• Coached by Pat Popolizio (5th season at NC State)

• Career Record: 142-73-3 (11th season overall)

• Record at NC State: 61-20 (5th season)

Scouting the North Carolina Tar Heels

• 2016-17 Dual Record: 1-1 (0-0 ACC)

• Wins (1): Old Dominion (28-12)

• Losses (1): Appalachian State (16-18)

• 2016 NCAA Championships: T-35th (9 points)

• 2015-16 Dual Record: 13-5 (2-3 ACC)

• Coached by Coleman Scott (2nd season)

• Career Record/Record at North Carolina: 14-6

Quick Notes

• Nebraska has outscored its five dual opponents by a combined score of 170-27.

• Nebraska has won 42 of 50 individual matches in dual competition.

• Nebraska is ranked 7th as a team in the latest NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll (Dec. 6)

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 (93-26) is seven wins away from the 100th of his career.

• Eric Montoya (92-42) is eight wins away from the 100th of his career. He is 59-25 at Nebraska.

• Tim Lambert (89-37) is 11 wins away from the 100th of his career.

• Aaron Studebaker (88-30) is 12 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)