Nebraska sent five wrestlers into Friday's quarterfinals at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Invitational.
Four Huskers booked spots in Saturday semifinals, but none did so with as much drama as Tyler Berger or the cool efficiency of Taylor Venz.
Berger used a 7-5 sudden victory, his third of the day, over Pittsburgh's Taleb Rahmani in the 157-pound quarterfinals to advance at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Nebraska's Chad Red advanced to the 141-pound semifinals with a 7-5 decision over Eli Stickley of Wisconsin, and Colton McCrystal held off a late charge by Wisconsin's Zander Wick for an 11-10 decision and move on at 149.
Venz pinned his way into the 184 semifinals with four pins, capped by a 4:26 pin over eighth-ranked Jordan Ellingwood of Central Michigan. Venz improved to 10-0 on the year with seven pins, including two against top-10 opponents, two technical falls and a major decision.
Isaiah White (165) was the lone Husker to not win his quarterfinal match. White dropped a 3-1 decision to Ohio State's Te'Shan Campbell and will try to wrestle back for fifth Saturday.