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Husker wrestlers head to ACC country for a pair of nonconference tests

December 15, 2018

The Nebraska wrestling team heads to North Carolina for a couple of nonconference tests this weekend.

The 11th-ranked Huskers will compete against No. 12 North Carolina at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Chapel Hill before heading to Raleigh to take on No. 7 N.C. State at noon Sunday.

The Huskers will try to avenge last year’s losses against the ACC schools. North Carolina (22-14) and N.C. State (29-3) each won at the Devaney Sports Center last year. The Wolfpack went on to finish tied for fourth place at the NCAA Championships.

Saturday’s dual will likely include an NCAA Championships rematch between UNC’s Chip Ness and Nebraska’s Taylor Venz at 184 pounds. Venz defeated Ness in Lincoln last year but lost to the Tar Heel All-American at nationals.

N.C. State, meanwhile, will trot out four wrestlers ranked in the top five nationally in their respective weight classes — No. 4 Tariq Wilson (133 pounds), No. 4 Justin Oliver (149), No. 4 Hayden Hidlay (157) and No. 5 Nick Reenan (184).

The Huskers have two wrestlers ranked in top five nationally. Venz (10-1) is No. 3 at 184 and Tyler Berger (11-1) is fifth at 157. Isaiah White (6-3) is No. 6 at 165.

Nebraska will go on break after this weekend’s duals before a Jan. 6 Big Ten clash against Northwestern.

Briefly

Nebraska announced the signings of six recruits Friday, including Lincoln High senior Isaiah Alford.

Alford, who had offers from Iowa State and Virginia, won a Class A state title at 170 pounds last season.

The recruiting class also includes Ridge Lovett (Post Falls, Idaho), who is ranked the nation’s No. 19 overall recruit, according to FloWrestling, and Detroit’s Kevon Davenport, who is ranked the nation’s No. 22 recruit.

Davenport is a three-time state champion who also finished third at the Cadet World Team Trials and won the 2017 Cadet Fargo Greco-Roman championship.

Lovett is 129-0 in high school, and he won a national title in Greco-Roman at the USA Wrestling Junior national championships.

John Henrich (Akron, Iowa), Tyler Deen (Buchanan, California) and Bubba Wilson (Manhattan, Kansas) also signed with NU.

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