Nine Husker wrestlers begin NCAA championships on Thursday

After missing out on its shot to compete for a national title last season, the Nebraska wrestling team returns to the NCAA Championships this week to conclude the unprecedented 2020-21 season.

LINCOLN, Neb. (Husker Athletics) — After missing out on its shot to compete for a national title last season, the Nebraska wrestling team returns to the NCAA Championships this week to conclude the unprecedented 2020-21 season. The three-day event will consist of six sessions beginning Thursday morning at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Mo.

Nine grapplers compose the field for Nebraska at this year’s national championships. Eight earned automatic bids as a result of their finishes at the Big Ten Championships, including Chad Red Jr. (141), Ridge Lovett (149), Caleb Licking (157), Peyton Robb (165), Mikey Labriola (174), Taylor Venz (184), Eric Schultz (197) and Christian Lance (285). Liam Cronin, who finished ninth at the conference championship at 125 pounds, earned an at-large bid.

The championships schedule, with streaming information is as follows:

Thursday, March 18
Session I – First Round
10 a.m. – ESPNU
Session II – Second Round
5 p.m. – ESPN2

Friday, March 19
Session III – Quarterfinals
10 a.m. – ESPNU
Session IV – Semifinals
7 p.m. – ESPN2

Saturday, March 20
Session V – Medal Rounds
10 a.m. – ESPN2
Session VI – Championships
6 p.m. – ESPN

Live stats and brackets will be available on Trackwrestling.com and updates will be posted on Twitter (@HuskerWrestling) throughout the weekend. The entire national championship tournament will be broadcast on ESPN networks and additional mat camera streams will be available on ESPN3.

Last Time Out: Nebraska finished third at the 2021 Big Ten Championships with 105.5 points. Lovett, Schultz and Venz led the team with second place finishes as eight Huskers finished top eight.

NEBRASKA’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP LINEUP
With seeding 

125: #13 Liam Cronin • Sr. • Orange, Calif.
141: #8 Chad Red Jr. • Sr. • Indianapolis, Ind.
149: #5 Ridge Lovett • So. • Post Falls, Idaho
157: #29 Caleb Licking • Sr. • Norfolk, Neb.
165: #14 Peyton Robb • So. • Owatonna, Minn.
174: #4 Mikey Labriola • Jr. • Easton, Pa.
184: #8 Taylor Venz • Sr. • Farmington, Minn.
197: #2 Eric Schultz • Sr. • Tinley Park, Ill.
285: #12 Christian Lance • Sr. • Nixa, Mo.

QUICK NOTES

  • Nebraska outscored its eight opponents this season by a score of 212-89.
  • The team won 56 of 80 (70%) individual matches during the regular season.
  • All-time dual wins
  • The Huskers finished the 2020-21 season undefeated at the Devaney Center and 7-1 on the year. Their only loss came to top-rated Iowa in the first road dual of the season.
  • Stat leaders among starters (regular season):
    • Team points: Mikey Labriola, Eric Schultz (31)
    • Match points: Mikey Labriola (105)
    • Pins: Christian Lance (2)
    • Major decisions: Mikey Labriola (4)
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