Three Nebraska wrestlers win Daktronics Open titles

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- Three Husker wrestlers captured weight class crowns at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open at Frost Arena on Sunday.

T.J. Dudley (Photo/Stephanie Carpenter)
Two-time All-American T.J. Dudley (184) opened his senior season with a perfect 3-0 mark in South Dakota, outscoring his opponents, 41-1. The Irmo, S.C., native managed two technical falls and one major decision.

Sophomore Tyler Berger strung together four consecutive wins en route to the 157-pound weight class title. Berger, a returning NCAA qualifier, earned one technical fall and defeated his other three opponents by decision.

True freshman Chad Red (141) defeated Collin Purinton in the finals by a 5-3 decision. Red opened his tournament with two pins, and went 5-0 overall at the Daktronics Open. Purinton registered one pin and two technical falls during the tournament en route to a runner-up finish.

Returning NCAA qualifiers Tim Lambert (125) and Aaron Studebaker (197) also collected runner-up honors. All four of Lambert's wins were by bonus points, as he earned two pins, one technical fall and one major decision. Studebaker pinned one opponent before falling by sudden victory-1 in the finals.

Junior Colton McCrystal (141) and true freshman Eric Schultz (197) each took third place at the Daktronics Open. McCrystal had a pair of bonus-point victories to open the tournament. Schultz dropped his opening bout, but reeled off four consecutive wins to finish his day.

Additional Huskers to place include Collin Jensen (fourth at heavyweight), Kris Williams (fifth at 125), Justin Arthur (fifth at 165), Micah Barnes (fifth at 174), Taylor Venz (fifth at 184) and David Jensen (sixth at heavyweight).

The Huskers return to action next weekend at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. The tournament, set for Sunday, Nov. 13, begins at 9 a.m. (CT). Live results and brackets are available on


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