The Huskers went a combined 12-2 during the first day of the NCAA Championships, setting themselves up well for a run to a team trophy.
Out of seven qualifiers, the 4th-ranked Nebraska wrestling team advanced five to Friday’s quarterfinal round. All seven Huskers are still alive in the tournament.
I Got 5 on It. #ToughTogether | #GBR pic.twitter.com/5w6Re6ctx1— Husker Wrestling (@HuskerWrestling) March 17, 2023
As for the team race, Nebraska currently sits in a tie for sixth place with Cornell with 15.5 points. Penn State leads the pack with 26 points, while Iowa has 21.5 for second place. Missouri is currently third with 17.5 points.
3-seed Liam Cronin
In the first round, Cronin got things started for the Huskers with a 9-4 decision win over 30-seed Antonio Lorenzo of Cal Poly. After giving up the opening takedown, Cronin outscored Lorenzo 9-2.
125 | @Liam_Cronin125 with the late TD in P3 to advance! #ToughTogether | #NCAAWrestling pic.twitter.com/uf5lXs0IjI— Husker Wrestling (@HuskerWrestling) March 16, 2023
In Thursday night’s Session II, Cronin took on 19-seed Braxton Brown of Maryland in the second round. In a rematch of the Big Ten quarterfinals that Cronin won 11-7, Cronin again got the win — this time an 8-4 decision victory.
Round of 16 tough.— NCAA Wrestling (@NCAAWrestling) March 16, 2023
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Moving on to Friday’s quarters, Cronin will face off against a bracket-buster in Virginia Tech’s 27-seed Eddie Ventresca who has already taken out the 6-seed and 11-seed.
4-seed Brock Hardy
Hardy started his day with a 12-4 major decision win over 29-seed Jordan Titus of West Virginia in the first round.
141 | @theebrockhardy with the statement MD— Husker Wrestling (@HuskerWrestling) March 16, 2023
Brock defeated West Virginia's Titus 12-4 to move on! pic.twitter.com/unuBtrawDy
Hardy then moved on to face 20-seed Jakob Bergeland in Round 2. After downing Bergeland 9-0 during the dual season, Hardy beat the Golden Gopher 5-1 to advance to the quarters where he’ll take on 12-seed Parker Filius of Purdue.
3-seed Peyton Robb
Robb started things off strong with a 15-0 tech-fall win over 30-seed Jared Hill of Oklahoma.
157 | TECH FALL for @Probb290— Husker Wrestling (@HuskerWrestling) March 16, 2023
Robb defeats Oklahoma's Jared Hill to advance! pic.twitter.com/WdfK5cx7Ff
Robb then moved on to face 19-seed Garrett Model of Wisconsin in the second round. He again dominated, beating Model 16-1 for his second tech fall of the day.
157 | HE DOES IT AGAIN‼️@Probb290 with his second-straight tech fall to advance! pic.twitter.com/MYk6n6lVHl— Husker Wrestling (@HuskerWrestling) March 17, 2023
Robb will move on to face 6-seed Daniel Cardenas of Stanford in the quarters.
25-seed Bubba Wilson
Wilson really started off his tournament with a bang as he knocked off 8-seed Matthew Olguin of Oregon State, the Pac-12 champion. With the match tied at 1-1, Wilson and Olguin went to sudden victory where they took part in an extended scramble with Wilson coming out on top for the 3-1 decision win.
165 | WAY TO GO, BUBBA‼️@bubbawi56442129 scores the TD in OT to secure the upset! pic.twitter.com/sVgcshN4wt— Husker Wrestling (@HuskerWrestling) March 16, 2023
Wilson moved onto the second round where he took on 9-seed Shane Griffith of Stanford, a former NCAA champion. Things didn’t go as well against Griffith, as Wilson dropped the match via 10-0 major decision.
Wilson will now face 23-seed Connor Brady of Virginia Tech in the consolation bracket to begin Friday’s Session III.
2-seed Mikey Labriola
Labriola started his tournament with a 9-6 decision over 31-seed Tyler Stoltzfus of Lock Haven before moving onto the second round where he faced 15-seed Demetrius Romero of Utah Valley.
Labriola and Romero wrestled a tight match that Labriola ended up winning 3-1 with a late takedown.
174 | @MikeyLabriola with the gritty 3-1 decision to move on!#ToughTogether | #NCAAWrestling pic.twitter.com/BvtDpcLLZw— Husker Wrestling (@HuskerWrestling) March 17, 2023
With the win, Labriola moves on to face 7-seed Peyton Mocco of Missouri in the quarters.
13-seed Lenny Pinto
Pinto was Nebraska’s lone wrestler who fell in the first round, dropping his opening match to 20-seed Neil Antrassian of Virginia. After jumping out to a 6-0 lead with a takedown and four near-fall points, Pinto gave up 11 unanswered points in an 11-6 decision loss.
Dropping down to the consolations, Pinto faced off against 29-seed Deanthony Parker of North Dakota State, dropping him via 7-1 decision.
184 | @Goodlen7 advances in wrestlebacks with the 7-1 decision! pic.twitter.com/iraAYxiLAW— Husker Wrestling (@HuskerWrestling) March 17, 2023
With the win, Pinto will face 14-seed Will Feldkamp of Clarion in the second round of consolations.
8-seed Silas Allred
In the first round, Allred took out Virginia’s 25-seed Michael Battista in a controlling 13-7 decision.
197 | @silas_allred is your sixth Husker to move on in the championship bracket! #ToughTogether | #NCAAWrestling pic.twitter.com/jN1tXHWWxq— Husker Wrestling (@HuskerWrestling) March 16, 2023
Allred then moved on to face Penn State’s 9-seed Max Dean in a rematch of the Big Ten final that Allred won 6-3. Allred showed again that he has Dean’s number as he took him down three times again and displayed some very impressive defense in a 7-2 decision win.
197 | Silas is your FIFTH Husker in tomorrow's quarters! @silas_allred used a last-second TD to claim the 7-2 decision over Dean pic.twitter.com/dQrA01jx4h— Husker Wrestling (@HuskerWrestling) March 17, 2023
With the win, Allred moves on to face 1-seed Nino Bonaccorsi of Pitt in the quarterfinal round.