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Berger falls short of title quest in NCAA finals

March 24, 2019

Tyler Berger stamped his place in Nebraska wrestling history, despite not getting the job done in the NCAA finals against Penn State’s Jason Nolf in front of a capacity crowd in Pittsburgh on Saturday night.

Nolf beat Berger with a 10-2 decision at 157 pounds and claimed his third national title.

Berger’s career ended with 116 career wins, good for ninth in Nebraska history, and finished as a three-time All-American.

After winning his third title, Nolf was all-class in the post-match interview as he addressed Berger’s tweet about taking “five heads” at the NCAA Tournament, which was directed at beating Nolf in the final.

“I have a lot of respect for Tyler,” Nolf said in an interview on ESPN after the match.

“Everybody gives him a lot of crap for talking on social media and all of that stuff, but he just wants to win. I love that about him, I love him. He’s just passionate, and I don’t think you can be mad at someone for being passionate about what they do.”

Berger was the first Husker since 2016 to reach the national finals.

The Huskers finished 10th as a team with 51 points as Penn State claimed its eighth team title in nine years.

Chad Red (141), Isaiah White (165) and Mikey Labriola (174) took eighth, fifth and sixth place, respectively, during Session V’s medal rounds Saturday afternoon.

Penn State locked up its eighth team title in nine years during Saturday’s afternoon session.

Red dropped an 11-3 major decision to Lock Haven’s Kyle Schoop in the seventh-place match, while White fell to Evan Wick of Wisconsin in the consolation finals. He led heading into the final period, but lost on a 4-3 decision. The junior responded by defeating Arizona State’s Josh Shields 8-3 for fifth place.

Labriola, in his NCAA Tournament debut, lost to Michigan’s Myles Amine and Virginia Tech’s David McFadden to come in fifth. He finishes his first season as a starter for NU with a 30-9 record.