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Nebraska goes unbeaten at Northeast Duals

TROY, N.Y. -- The No. 12 ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated Utah Valley, Drexel and Virginia in consecutive matches today at the Northeast Duals in Albany, N.Y. NU started slow against Utah Valley, dropping the 125-pound match by forfeit to go down 6-0. Tucker Sjomeling (133) registered a win by decision to get his team on the board. Huskers sophomore Chad Red Jr., the No. 6 ranked player in his weight class, was upset by Matthew Findlay (UVU) in a 10-8 decision to put UVU up 9-3.

Jordan Shearer (149) grinded out a 5-3 decision and No. 3 Tyler Berger, a two-time All-American at NU, notched a 13-3 major decision to put his team ahead for the first time, 10-9. No. 12 Mikey Labriola (174) had his first of three wins on the day against No. 14 Kimball Bastian (UVU), working an 11-7 decision for his team. No. 3 Taylor Venz (184) and No. 17 Eric Schultz (197) followed Labriola with victories by decision as well. Fort Hays St. transfer Christian Lance (HWT) fell to No. 16 Tate Orndorff (UVU) in a 2-1 decision. However, NU still took home a 19-15 team victory.

No. 6 Zeke Moisey (NEB) saw his first action as a Husker after transferring in for his senior year from West Virginia. The two-time All-American wrestled just once today and emerged victorious with an 8-7 victory over Drexel's Antonio Minninno at 125 pounds. Chad Red Jr. (141) and Patrick Grayson both won their bouts by decision against Drexel.

Collin Purinton got the nod at 149 pounds against Drexel and did not disappoint, scoring a 14-2 major decision against Trevor Elfvin. Tyler Berger notched his second major decision of the day with a 12-2 win while Mikey Labriola won 18-3 in a tech. fall. Taylor Venz, one of three returning All-Americans for NU, won his match against Drexel by pinning his opponent (2:38) to score six points for his team.

In the 1 p.m. dual, the Huskers squared off with the Virginia Cavaliers. UVA got off to a 12-0 lead after winning the 125-pound bout by forfeit and taking two victories by decision in the 133 and 141-pound duals. Once again, Fargo, N.D. native Jordan Shearer (149) provided a spark in the lineup and got his team on the board with a 5-2 decision over Michael Murphy.

NU went on to win the 157, 165, 174 and 184-pound bouts with victories by decision by No. 9 Isaiah White (165) and Taylor Venz (184). Tyler Berger (157) dominated his opponent to win by major decision while Mikey Labriola (174) took his game up another notch with a 22-7 win by tech. fall. After starting out in a 12-0 hole, the Huskers took an 18-12 lead heading into the 197-pound dual.

Eric Schultz (197) dropped a back-and-forth match to Jay Aiello as UVA climbed back to within striking distance at 18-15. However, Patrick Grayson sealed an undefeated day for Nebraska by grinding out a 6-3 decision in the heavyweight match.

Nebraska 19 Utah Valley 15
125: Josh Jensen (UVU) FOR #6 Zeke Moisey (NEB) (UVU 6, NEB 0)
133: Tucker Sjomeling (NEB) dec. Mitch Brown (UVU), 13-6 (UVU 6, NEB 3)
141: Matt Findlay (UVU) dec. #6 Chad Red Jr. (NEB), 10-8 (UVU 9, NEB 3)
149: Jordan Shearer (NEB) dec. Matthew Ontiveros (UVU), 5-3 (UVU 9, NEB 6)
157: #3 Tyler Berger (NEB) major dec. Grant LaMont (UVU), 13-3 (NEB 10, UVU 9)
165: #16 Demetrius Romero (UVU) dec. Johnny Blankenship (NEB), 10-4 (UVU 12, NEB 10)
174: #12 Mikey Labriola (NEB) dec. #14 Kimball Bastian (UVU), 11-7 (NEB 13, UVU 12)
184: #3 Taylor Venz (NEB) dec. Will Sumner (UVU), 9-5 (NEB 16, UVU 12)
197: #17 Eric Schultz (NEB) dec. #18 Tanner Orndorff (UVU), 6-5 (NEB 19, UVU 12)
285: #16 Tate Orndorff (UVU) dec. Christian Lance (NEB), 2-1 (NEB 19, UVU 15)

Nebraska 28 Drexel 9
125: #6 Zeke Moisey (NEB) dec. Antonio Mininno (DRX), 8-7 (NEB 3, DRX 0)
133: Ty Smith (DRX) dec. Christian Miller (NEB), 16-10 (NEB 3, DRX 3)
141: #6 Chad Red Jr. (NEB) dec. Nick Widmann (DRX), 2-1 (NEB 6, DRX 3)
149: Collin Purinton (NEB) major dec. Trevor Elfvin (DRX), 14-2 (NEB 10, DRX 3)
157: #3 Tyler Berger (NEB) major dec. Evan Barczak (DRX), 12-2 (NEB 14, DRX 3)
165: Ebed Jarrell (DRX) dec. (sv-1) #9 Isaiah White (NEB), 5-3 (NEB 14, DRX 6)
174: #12 Mikey Labriola (NEB) tech. fall (2:43) Jason Hoffman (DRX), 18-3 (NEB 19, DRX 6)
184: #3 Taylor Venz (NEB) FALL (2:38) Owen Brooks (DRX) (NEB 25, DRX 6)
197: #10 Stephen Loiseau (DRX) dec. #17 Eric Schultz (NEB), 10-6 (NEB 25, DRX 9)
285: Patrick Grayson (NEB) dec. #13 Joey Goodhart (DRX), 5-2 (NEB 28, DRX 9)

Nebraska 21 Virginia 15
125: #7 Louie Hayes (UVA) FOR #6 Zeke Moisey (NEB) (UVA 6, NEB 0)
133: Brian Courtney (UVA) dec. Christian Miller (NEB), 6-2 (UVA 9, NEB 0)
141: Sam Krivus (UVA) dec. Chad Red Jr. (NEB), 3-1 (UVA 12, NEB 0)
149: Jordan Shearer (NEB) dec. Michael Murphy (UVA), 5-2 (UVA 12, NEB 3)
157: #3 Tyler Berger (NEB) major dec. Jake Keating (UVA), 11-1 (UVA 12, NEB 7)
165: #9 Isaiah White (NEB) dec. #19 Cam Coy (UVA), 7-3 (UVA 12, NEB 10)
174: #12 Mikey Labriola (NEB) tech. fall (6:03) Robby Patrick (UVA), 22-7 (NEB 15, UVA 12)
184: #3 Taylor Venz (NEB) dec. Will Schany (UVA), 7-2 (NEB 18, UVA 12)
197: Jay Aiello (UVA) dec. #17 Eric Schultz (NEB), 7-5 (NEB 18, UVA 15)
HWT: Patrick Grayson (NEB) dec. Quinn Miller (UVA), 6-3 (NEB 21, UVA 15)

Huskers Individual Notes:

125: #6 Zeke Moisey (1-0); notched first victory as a Husker today (W. Virginia transfer)
133: Christian Miller (0-2)
133: Tucker Sjomeling (1-0); starts the season 4-1 with his victory by dec. today
141: #6 Chad Red Jr. (1-2); returning All-American
149: Jordan Shearer (2-0); 5-2 start to the season after going undefeated today
149: Collin Purinton (1-0); 4-2 overall record to begin the season
157: #3 Tyler Berger (3-0); two-time All-American, won all three bouts by major dec.
165: #9 Isaiah White (1-1); returning NCAA qualifier
165: Johnny Blankenship (0-1); finished third at Daktronics Open
174: #12 Mikey Labriola (3-0); redshirt freshman, boasts an undefeated 7-0 record
184: #3 Taylor Venz; returning All-American, one pin, two dec. victories today
197: #17 Eric Schultz (1-2); returning NCAA qualifier, finished third at Daktronics Open
HWT: Christian Lance (0-1); Fort Hays St. transfer, finished 3rd at Daktronics Open
HWT: Patrick Grayson (2-0); defeated #13 Joey Goodhart from Drexel today by dec.

Up Next: The Huskers first home dual of the season will be against Wisconsin on Nov. 16 at the Devaney Center. Tickets can be purchased at Huskers.com/tickets or by calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED.

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