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NU Wrestling 2023-24

"College Park, Md. - For the second-straight year, the Huskers have a Big Ten Champ as Ridge Lovett claimed the crown at 149 and the Nebraska wrestling team finished third at the 2024 Big Ten Championships with 118.0 team points.

The Huskers put eight wrestlers in the final, third-place and fifth-place bouts combined this weekend and clinched nine automatic bids to the NCAA Championships. "

"In the ultra-competitive Big Ten Conference, the Huskers put together a strong performance in their conference tournament, setting them up for a nice run at NCAAs.

If you missed our recap of Saturday’s action and how we got here, check it out here.

For the second year in a row, Nebraska crowned a Big Ten Champion when top-seeded Ridge Lovett earned the win at 149 pounds. Last year, it was Silas Allred who won conference gold. Before that, Nebraska went seven seasons without a conference champion. This year, Nebraska saw nine of its 10 starters qualify for the NCAA Championships with just Bubba Wilson at 174 needing an at-large bid."

(Note: the Big Ten this year started using an independent review process, so the refs weren’t reviewing their own calls on the mat). Van Dee won his match against Teske due to this and the coach throwing the brick.
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Huskers came out strong and finished strong. Looking back, Husker losses in the quarters, Smith, VanDee, Hardy and Robb, arguably all winnable, kept them from a good chance of swapping places with Michigan for 2nd place. Anyone know who we have in the wings at 125 for next year?
Huskers came out strong and finished strong. Looking back, Husker losses in the quarters, Smith, VanDee, Hardy and Robb, arguably all winnable, kept them from a good chance of swapping places with Michigan for 2nd place. Anyone know who we have in the wings at 125 for next year?
Yes, TWO:

Alan Koehler​

125 pounds........Prior Lake Minn.​

The #47 overall wrestler on the 2023 Big Board, Koehler had a solid redshirt season. After dealing with an injury early in the season, he finished the year with a 7-1 record.
  • Three time state champion
  • Ranked #4 in Nation H.S.
Kael Lauridson…………………..125……………Fr………………Bennington Ne (Using a gap year to train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs)
  • Four Time state Champion
  • Two-time Greco-Roman National champion
  • Intermat, Lauridsen is ranked No. 2 in the nation at 113 pounds
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Brackets and first round matchups:
125: #15 Caleb Smith vs. #18 Deaugustino (Michigan) - winner likely gets #2 Stanich (Lehigh)
133: #14 Jacob Van Zee vs. #18 Julian Farber (UNI) - winner likely gets #3 Orine (NC State)
141: #9 Brock Hardy vs. #24 Cornella (Cornell) - winner likely gets #8 Lemley (Michigan)
149: #1 Ridge Lovett vs. #33 Cetta (Rutgers) or #32 Boyd (CIT)
157: #8 Peyton Robb vs. #25 Chumely (NW) - winner likely gets #9 Lewan (Michigan)
165: #8 Antrell Taylor vs. #25 Heller (Pitt) - winner likely gets #9 Hall (West Va)
177: Bubba Wilson did not get an at-large invite
184:: #5 Lenny Pinto vs. #28 Hopkins (Campbell) - winner likely gets #12 Bullock (Michigan)
197: #10 Silas Allred vs. #23 Geog (Ohio State) - winner likely gets #7 Glazer (iowa)
HWT: #29 Hutmacher vs. #4 Schultz (Az State) - likely faces #20 Bucknavich (CSU) in WBs

  • "Top-seeded Ridge Lovett is obviously Nebraska’s best chance at a national champion, and he’d be the first to do so since Jordan Burroughs did it in 2011. He’s certainly the favorite to win it going in.
  • The 8-seed Peyton Robb will again face Michigan’s Will Lewan (9-seed) in the second round. It’ll be their third meeting this year with Robb winning both so far. With a win, a fourth match against Penn State’s 1-seed Levi Haines awaits in the quarters — Robb is 0-3 against him.
  • Six of the nine Huskers will be making return trips to nationals. Robb has now qualified for five tournaments but this will be his fourth tournament he’s competed at (2020 was cancelled). This is Lovett’s fourth NCAA qualification (3rd tournament) and Caleb Smith’s third (first with Nebraska). Sophomores Brock Hardy, Lenny Pinto and Silas Allred are all returning after making the big dance as redshirt freshmen a year ago.
  • Nebraska has a trio of wrestlers looking to earn multiple All-American status. Robb is already there with his 4th and 6th-place finishes the last two years, while both Lovett and Hardy are looking to earn AA status for a second time. Lovett was an NCAA finalist in 2022, finishing 2nd before redshirting last season, while Hardy finished 6th last season at 141 pounds.
  • Nebraska has three guys making their first trip to nationals in redshirt freshman Jacob Van Dee and Antrell Taylor, and football star Nash Hutmacher. Making the national tournament as a freshman at a school like Nebraska in the Big Ten conference is no small feat. Van Dee and Taylor should feel pride in that accomplishment alone, though I do think they’ll both do some serious damage in Kansas City.
  • Speaking of Taylor, he’ll have to get through a tough 9-seed Peyton Hall from West Virginia in the second round before a possible quarterfinal matchup against 1-seed Keegan O’Toole of Missouri, the two-time defending NCAA champ at 165 pounds. That’s an impossible task for nearly everybody in the country — the junior is 83-3 on his career with two championships and a 3rd-place finish as a true freshman.
  • For 5-seed Lenny Pinto, he’ll have two winnable matches before a tough quarter against Pac-12 Champion 4-seed Trey Munoz of Oregon State. Then possibly a really tough matchup against undefeated 1-seed Parker Keckeisen of UNI in the semis, who has two career wins over Pinto, one this season. I like Pinto to find the podium though in his second shot at it.
  • Nebraska’s 10-seed Silas Allred has a tough draw here. He’ll see Iowa’s 7-seed Zach Glazier in the second round, an opponent that beat him via major decision this year. If he wins that, he’ll face 2-seed Trent Hidlay of NC State, the undefeated dynamo that is the only hope to knock off Penn State’s 1-seed Aaron Brooks. With this draw, I’m afraid Allred may need to do some work on the back side to All-American.
  • As for 29-seed Nash Hutmacher, making it to the NCAA tournament after joining the team in December is absolutely amazing. He will start his tournament against former NCAA finalist and Greco-Roman specialist 4-seed Cohlton Schultz of Arizona State. One heavyweight that likely won’t be smaller than Hutmacher, Schultz will be a tough out. I expect Hutmacher can do some work on the back side though.
  • Lastly, #18-ranked Bubba Wilson did not receive an at-large bid at 174 pounds. He finished 9th at Big Tens when the conference auto-qualified the top 8. Two guys he beat this season both qualified in 21-seed Tyler Eischens of North Carolina and 28-seed Jared Simma of UNI. Wilson went 16-12 on the year with most of his losses close decisions against some of the top guys in the country in the Big Ten. He beat Eischens 5-2 and Simma 3-1 this season. Him not getting an at-large bid was absolutely a snub."
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Qualifiers by Team:
Virginia Tech10
Penn State10
Oklahoma State10
NC State10
Ohio State9
Iowa State9
South Dakota State8
Arizona State8
Northern Iowa7
West Virginia5
Oregon State5
North Carolina5
Michigan State5
Little Rock5
Cal Poly5
Appalachian State5

Nebraska in the Trophy Hunt Going into NCAA Championships​

Nebraska qualified nine of its 10 starters with six Top-10 seeds, including 1-seed Ridge Lovett at 149 pounds

"Based on seeds, Penn State is projected to win the tournament with 131.5 points (doesn’t include potential bonus points adding to their total). NC State is projected to get second with 83. That’s a 48.5 point cushion between #1 and #2, which is likely to be even larger once bonus points are factored in.

Nebraska is projected at third place with 58 points, while Lehigh (57), Oklahoma State (55), Iowa State (53.5), Arizona State (52), Cornell (52), Iowa (49.5), Virginia Tech (46) and Michigan (45.5) will all be in contention for a team trophy."

The NCAA Championships will air from Thursday morning until Saturday night with two sessions per day. The morning/afternoon sessions will air on ESPNU and ESPN+ each day, while the evening sessions will air on ESPN and ESPN+.

Complete schedule​

Session 1 - Championship First RoundThursdayMarch 2112pmESPNU/ESPN+
Session 2 - Championship Second Round + ConsolationsThursdayMarch 217pmESPN/ESPN+
Session 3 - Championships Quarterfinals + ConsolationsFridayMarch 2212pmESPNU/ESPN+
Session 4 - Championship Semifinals + Blood RoundFridayMarch 228pmESPN/ESPN+
Session 5 - Medal RoundSaturdayMarch 2311amESPNU/ESPN+
Session 6 - Championship FinalsSaturdayMarch 237pmESPN/ESPN+

11 March FLO wrestling rankings:

125: #13 Smith
133: #10 Van Dee
141: #8 Hardy
149: #1 Lovett
157: #12 Robb
165: #10 Taylor
174: #18 Wilson
184: #6 Pinto
197: #11 Allred
285: #30 Hutmacher

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"Last week when the NCAA announced the at-large bids to the NCAA tournament, one name was conspicuously missing — Nebraska’s Bubba Wilson.

Ranked #18 in the country at 174 pounds, Wilson is the highest ranked wrestler in the country to have been left out of the NCAA tournament which takes 33 guys at all ten weights for a total of 330 wrestlers.

Obviously, Nebraska’s coaches were upset that their guy was snubbed and didn’t qualify for nationals — he competed at NCAAs the last two seasons while wrestling at 165 pounds. This year, he’s 16-12 on the season after facing a brutal gauntlet in the Big Ten, often wrestling some of the best in the county to close decisions.

The big rub is that Wilson owns a head-to-head win over Jared Simma of UNI who received an at-large birth and is seeded 28th this weekend. As assistant coach Tervel Dlagnev pointed out, head-to-head was listed as the NCAA’s first criteria in choosing at-large births."
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Great second round. 7 to the quarterfinals! Van Dee fell 2-0 on what I heard had the Nebraska coaches hot at the end (was listening to an Iowa City radio station doing PbP on my drive home...never heard a radio PbP before). Hutmacher still to wrestle on the consolation side tonight.


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