Huskers take down Stanford on Senior Day

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LINCOLN, Neb. The seventh-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers sent their five seniors off in style on Senior Day, defeating the Stanford Cardinal 31-9 on Saturday afternoon at the Devaney Center. The Huskers honored five seniors, Tyler Berger, Zeke Moisey, Brian Peska, Jordan Shearer and Aris Shino in an on-mat ceremony before the dual.

The dual was originally scheduled for 7 p.m., but was moved up to 1 p.m. because of inclement weather closing in on the area.

“It kind of surprised us a little bit, having to move things up and adjust,” Huskers sophomore Chad Red Jr. said. “We had to get some weight off a little bit earlier, but it all ended up working out and we were able to pull out the win.”

Five of the seven wins earned by the Huskers came courtesy of bonus points. Chad Red Jr. (141) and Taylor Venz both pinned their opponents while Jordan Shearer (149) and Mikey Labriola (174) took major decisions. Isaiah White (165) won by tech. fall (21-4) to cap off the 22-point victory.

Redshirt freshman #9 Mikey Labriola (174) started off the Huskers with an 18-5 major decision victory over Stanford’s Rico Stormer. Labriola wasted no time, scoring two takedowns and earning four near-fall points in the first period. With the win, Labriola earned his 11th bonus point victory this season, which is a team-high.

NU’s #6 Taylor Venz (184) continued the Huskers’ hot start by pinning Nainoa Calvo just 1:01 into their match to put the Huskers up 10-0. Venz has won eight of the 10 matches he’s wrestled in since 2019 began. He leads the team with seven victories by pinfall and is on track to lead the Huskers in pins for the second straight year.

In the first of two matches between ranked wrestlers, 13th-ranked 197-pounder Eric Schultz battled Stanford’s Nathan Traxler, the #12 ranked 197-pounder in the country. With the score knotted at four after three periods, the match went to sudden victory, with each wrestler earning multiple escape points before Traxler was declared victorious by criteria following the third tie-breaker period. A five second riding timing advantage allowed Traxler to edge out Schultz.

At heavyweight, Stanford’s Haydn Maley scored near-fall points in the second period to propel himself to a 6-4 victory over NU’s Christian Lance, who made his third dual appearance of the season. A junior from Nixa, Mo., Lance transferred from Division II Fort Hays St. last year.

The dual then shifted to the lightweights, where at 125, #16 Zeke Moisey (NEB) grappled with 20th-ranked Gabriel Townsell. Moisey used a critical second period takedown and accumulated over two minutes of riding time to earn a 4-1 victory in his final match at the Devaney Center.

True freshman Jevon Parrish (133) scored a third period takedown but couldn’t quite overcome Stanford’s Mason Pengilly, who earned a hard-fought 5-2 victory at 133.

#20 Chad Red Jr. (141) scored the second first period pinfall of the dual for the Huskers when he pinned Anthony Le 1:30 into their match at 141. His pin gave the Huskers a 19-9 lead over the Cardinal with three matches to go.

At 149 pounds, Jordan Shearer continued to roll up points for the Huskers as he landed an early takedown and a four-point nearfall in the first period. He went on to take a 15-3 major decision victory over Steven Abbate. Shearer ended his final home dual as a Husker with his second straight victory by bonus points.

#2 Tyler Berger (157) capped off his final dual at the Devaney Center by defeating Dominick Mandarino 2-1 in tightly contested match at 157 pounds. Berger moved into 14th place all-time in career victories at NU with the win.

“There’s no fear of failure when the match gets late,” Berger said. “I just remained calm and kept my attacks up. Even though I couldn’t land a takedown today, I still found a way to win.”

In the dual’s final bout, #6 Isaiah White (165) used a 10-point first period to cruise to a 21-4 tech. fall victory over the Cardinal’s Jared Hill. White has now won 15 of his past 17 matches, including six bouts against Top 20 opponents.

The Huskers capped off the regular season by winning four of their last five duals, finishing the season with an overall record of 12-5 (5-4 Big Ten.) NU went 5-2 in duals at the Devaney Center this season.

Match Results:

174: #9 Mikey Labriola (NEB) maj. dec. Rico Stormer (STAN), 17-5 (NEB 4, STAN 0)

184: #6 Taylor Venz (NEB) pinned Nainoa Calvo (STAN), (1:01) (NEB 10, STAN 0)

197: #12 Nathan Traxler (STAN) dec. #13 Eric Schultz (NEB) 6-6 (Criteria) (NEB 10, STAN 3)**

285: Haydn Maley (STAN) dec. Christian Lance (NEB), 6-4 (NEB 10, STAN 6)

125: #16 Zeke Moisey (NEB) dec. #20 Gabriel Townsell (STAN), 4-1 (NEB 13, STAN 6)

133: Mason Pengilly (STAN) dec. Jevon Parrish (NEB) 5-2, (NEB 13, STAN 9)

141: #20 Chad Red Jr. (NEB) pinned Anthony Le (STAN), (1:30) (NEB 19, STAN 9)

149: Jordan Shearer (NEB) maj. dec. Steven Abbate (STAN), 15-3 (NEB 23, STAN 9)

157: #2 Tyler Berger (NEB) dec. Dominick Mandarino (STAN), 2-1 (NEB 26, STAN 9)

165: #6 Isaiah White (NEB) tech. fall Jared Hill (STAN), 21-4 (NEB 31, STAN 9)

**Traxler wins by criteria in the third tiebreaker based on a 0:05 riding time advantage.

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