Nebraska will have big shoes to fill replacing these four senior starters
These guys will be missed on the team.
But let’s take a look back at the guys who are leaving the Husker wrestling program:
Chad Red Jr. (141 pounds) - 5x NCAA qualifier, 3x NCAA All-American
Taylor Venz (184 pounds) - 5x NCAA qualifier, 2018 All-American
Eric Schultz (197 pounds) - 5x NCAA qualifier, 2022 All-American
Christian Lance (285 pounds) - 2x NCAA qualifier, 2022 All-American
Tucker Sjomeling (141 pounds) - 2019 starter at 133 pounds
Jevon Parrish (149 pounds) - backup to both Ridge Lovett and Peyton Robb
Colton Wolfe (184 pounds)
Jordan Kelber (133 pounds)
Landon Brown (285 pounds)
Anthony Gaona (197 pounds)
103-41 career record
"Eric Schultz was extremely consistent throughout his Husker career, winning at least 20 matches in every season except for the shortened 2021 season when he went 12-3.
In his five trips to the Big Ten Championships, Schultz finished runner-up three straight times to end his career. He fell to three different opponents in those finals. Ohio State’s Kollin Moore was the top 197-pounder in the country in 2019-20 and took out Schultz in the final. Then Michigan’s Myles Amine bumped up to 197 in 2021 to down Schultz 7-3 in the Big Ten final. Amine went on to win an Olympic bronze medal that summer in Tokyo wrestling for San Marino. Finally, Schultz fell to Cornell transfer Max Dean of Penn State earlier this month in the Big Ten final. Dean went on this past week to win the NCAA title.
With his 103 career wins, Schultz ranks No. 25 in Husker history in career wins, just ahead of two-time All-American Chris Nelson and his teammate Taylor Venz (both with 101 wins each)."
101-41 career record
'Nonetheless, Venz has been a mainstay in the Husker lineup for five years. The five-time NCAA qualifier earned All-American honors as a freshman in 2018 but never found his way back to the national podium.
Showing early bonus-point potential, Venz led the team in pins as a freshman (7) and sophomore (8). Then as a junior in 2019-20, Venz scored bonus in 14 of his 20 wins on the year with 7 pins.
In 2020-21 as a senior during the NCAA’s free COVID year, Venz made it all the way to the Big Ten final, falling to Brooks of Penn State. Venz then fell to Brooks again in the NCAA quarters.
This season, Venz went 19-9 and came one win away from another visit to the podium at NCAAs.
All in all, Venz had a solid career for the Huskers. His 101 career wins, as mentioned above, tied him for No. 26 on the Huskers’ all-time wins list."
Chad Red Jr.
99-46 career record
'Nebraska’s Chad Red Jr. did a really good job holding down the 141-pounds spot for the Huskers for half a decade.
But earning All-American status at the NCAA Championships three times is the kind of career many guys dream of.
As a freshman, Red may have earned his career highlight when he earned All-American honors in the Round of 12 at NCAAs with a pin over two-time defending NCAA Champion Dean Heil of Oklahoma State.
As a sophomore, Red made an unlikely run to the Big Ten finals before again capturing All-American status. Then as a junior, Red finished third at Big Tens before the NCAA Championships were cancelled due to COVID. Red was named to the coaches’ first-team All-American list that year.
In his first senior year, Red earned All-American honors again with his highest career finish at nationals (6th place). This season, Red had a few big wins in the regular season, but he under performed in the postseason, failing to place at either Big Tens or NCAAs."
56-31 at Nebraska
"After transferring to Nebraska from Division II Fort Hays State, Lance took a little time to crack the lineup.
As a sophomore, Lance went 8-4 in a reserve role before splitting starting duties with then-senior David Jensen as a junior, going 10-7. Then as a senior in 2020-21, Lance was the lone starter and qualified for his first NCAA tournament but didn’t place.
This past season, Lance put together his best season as a Husker. After a 7th-place finish at Big Tens, Lance secured his first career All-American honors by going 3-3 for 8th place at the NCAA tournament, highlighted by a win over undefeated 5-seed Wyatt Hendrickson of Air Force in the second round."