125: No. 6 Zeke Moisey

Moisey is a graduate transfer from West Virginia, where he wrestled for four years. Moisey has had knee soreness this fall, but Nebraska coach Mark Manning said he’ll be ready to wrestle Friday. He was a national runner-up as a freshman and took eighth place last season at 125-pounds after medical redshirting his junior season.

133: Christian Miller or Tucker Sjomeling

Miller won the wrestle-off two weeks ago and Sjomeling lost to Brian Peska in the first round. Miller is a redshirt freshman from Plainview and was a four-time state champion for the Pirates. Sjomeling is also a redshirt freshman; he's from Delano, Minnesota.

141: No. 6 Chad Red

After redshirting in 2016-17, Red was an All-American in 2017-18. He pinned two-time national champion Dean Heil, of Oklahoma State, to claim his All-America status at the NCAA Tournament last season.

149: Jordan Shearer or Collin Purinton

Shearer dominated Purinton 10-4 in the wrestle-offs, but both wrestlers have gained the respect of Manning throughout the fall. Shearer took fourth at the Daktronics Open, while Purinton got fifth place.

157: No. 3 Tyler Berger

“He’s been on the podium; now it’s time to go after a national championship,” Manning said. Berger took third at last year and fifth the year before at the nationals. He will likely be the leader on and off the mat for this year’s team.

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165: No. 9 Isaiah White or Johnny Blankenship

White will be the starter, but has been struggling with a knee injury this season. Manning said this has led to some weight problems, but he has no doubt White will be healthy and ready to go in the near future. He was a Division II national champion at Notre Dame College in 2017 and qualified for nationals last season at Nebraska, but lost in the round of 12.

174: No. 12 Mikey Labriola

This redshirt freshman has burst onto the scene already. He is off to a 7-0 start and will be tested Friday night against three-time national qualifier Ryan Christensen.

184: No. 3 Taylor Venz

Venz finished fourth at nationals as a true freshman last season. Like Berger, Venz should be looking for more than just getting on the podium at nationals this season, Manning said. Manning described Venz’s goal as going after the “golden egg.” What is that golden egg? A national title.

197: No. 18 Eric Schultz

Shultz went 10-4 in duals last year for Nebraska and qualified for nationals. The sophomore will look to provide a spark in the upper weights this year.

HWT: Christian Lance or Patrick Grayson

At the wrestle-offs, Lance beat Grayson on riding time in overtime. Lance, a transfer from Fort Hays State, qualified for the Division II national tournament last season. Grayson wrestled at 285 for Nebraska last year and was 1-3 in duals.


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