NU Drops Matchup with the highest ranked PSU
University Park, Pennsylvania – Nebraska’s No. 8 wrestling team fought valiantly but failed to take on the No. 1 Penn State Nittany Lions as the Huskers lost 21-13 at Rec Hall in University Park, Pennsylvania , Sunday. Nebraska finished the night with wins in four fights including a major decision.
The match began at 125. Drew Hildebrandt of the Nittany Lions, ranked No. 6 in his weight class, faced Jeremy Reno. Hildebrandt attacked first with one out in the first period, managed a breakout in the third, and earned the driving time point to win by decision, 4-0.
Facing his fourth ranked opponent in a row was Dominique Serrano at 133. Penn State’s defending national champion and current No. 1 Roman Bravo-Young scored 10 eliminations against Serrano by technical drop, 23-8.
All American No. 8 Chad Red Jr. (141) then tackled familiar enemy #1 Nick Lee. Lee had a takedown in period 1 and a breakout in period 2 to lead 3-0. Reds started the final period on the bottom and managed to escape, but the final margin was 4-1 in favor of Lee.
After Friday night’s impressive major decision victory, the No. 8 Lovett Ridge (141) was next for the Huskers against No. 18 Beau Bartlett. Lovett was aggressive early on scoring a first-period takedown while keeping Bartlett scoreless. The second Husker started period 2 down low, as he recorded a breakout and another out to start the final period with a 5-0 lead. In the third, Lovett kept control on the top and got the point driving time to win by decision, 6-0.
At 157, No. 5 Peyton Robb fought Penn State’s Terrell Barraclough. Robb hit first with a quick takedown and Barraclough responded with a breakout. Robb then got a breakout to start the second period and held a 3-1 lead. To start the final two minutes, Barraclough pulled off his second breakout of the night, but Robb held on and won his third ranked fight of the year, 3-2.
North Las Vegas, Nevada, native Tahjae Jenkins-Harris (165) was next for the Huskers as he made his first double appearance since NU’s game with UNK on November 11. His opponent, Creighton Edsell, scored first to lead 2-0 after period 1. The wrestlers battled scoreless in the second period, but Edsell worked fast in the third. The Penn State grappler recorded two takedowns and earned the driving time point to win by decision, 9-2.
#5 Mikey Labriola (174) then took the mat for the Huskers, taking on Mason Manville of the Nittany Lions. Labriola scored the first points of the fight with one out and racked up driving time to end Period 1. Labriola then started Period 2 in the lead, with Manville earning a breakout, before Labriola took control with three outs to lead 8-3. In the final period, Labriola scored a breakout, two takedowns, and earned the driving time point to claim his third major decision win of the season.
The second top 10 match of the day was at 184 pounds between Husker senior No. 9 Taylor Venz and Nittany Lion National Champion No. 1 Aaron Brooks. Brooks hit first with one out in the opening period. Venz had four breakouts in the first two periods combined, but it wasn’t enough as Brooks won by major decision, 14-4.
#3 Eric Schultz (197), kept his double unbeaten streak alive, as he picked up the win over Penn State’s Michael Beard. Beard recorded the first points of the fight in the first period with an out, but Schultz responded with a breakout. Schultz then started Period 2 in the lead, accumulating 1:22 of driving time, and received a penalty point due to Beard falling behind to tie the game, 2-2. Schultz took his first lead of the game in the third period with a breakout before Beard responded with an out. Schultz then received two more penalty points and recorded a breakout in the final seconds to win by decision, 6-4.
The encounter ended in a heavyweight clash between No. 5 Greg Kerkvliet and No. 12 Christian Lance. Nixa’s senior Husker, Mo., got a breakout in period 1, but Kerkvliet used two takedowns and a breakout to lead, 5-1. In the final period, Lance pulled off another breakout, but Kerkvliet added another out and a driving time point to defeat Lance 8-2.
After the loss, the Huskers fall to 5-4 and 2-4 in the Big Ten, while Penn State improves to 16-0 and 8-0 in the conference.
Next up for the Huskers is a Feb. 13 showdown with Illinois. BTN will televise the action from the Devaney Center starting at 11 a.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Huskers.com
#1 Penn State 21, #8 Nebraska 13*
125: #6 Drew Hildebrandt (PSU) Dec. Jeremy Reno (NEB), 4-0 (PSU 3, NEB 0)
133: Technology #1 Roman Bravo-Young (PSU). falls Dominique Serrano (NEB), 23-8 (PSU 8, NEB 0)
141: #1 Nick Lee (PSU) Dec. #8 Chad Red Jr. (NEB), 4-1 (PSU 11, NEB 0)
149: #8 Lovett Ridge (NEB) Dec. #18 Beau Bartlett (PSU), 6-0 (PSU 11, ONE 3)
157: #5 Peyton Robb (NEB) Dec. Terrell Barraclough (PSU), 3-2 (PSU 11, NEB 6)
165: Creighton Edsell (PSU) Dec. Tahjae Jenkins-Harris (NEB), 9-2 (PSU 14, NEB 6)
174: #5 Mikey Labriola (NEB) maj. Dec. Mason Manville (PSU), 14-4 (PSU 14, NEB 10)
184: #1 Aaron Brooks (PSU) major. Dec. #9 Taylor Venz (NEB), 14-4 (PSU 18, NEB 10)
197: #3 Eric Schultz (NEB) Dec. Michael Beard (PSU), 6-4 (PSU 18, NEB 13)
HWT: #5 Greg Kerkvliet (PSU) Dec. #12 Christian Lance (NEB), 8-2 (PSU 21, NEB 13)
133: Brandon Meredith (PSU) Dec. Alex Thomson (NEB), 7-6
184: Donovon Ball (PSU) Dec. Brandyn Van Tassell (NEB), 8-2
*NWCA Division I Coaches Survey Team Rankings