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Nebraska's Tyler Berger capped his junior season with a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships on Saturday in Cleveland.

Meanwhile, Taylor Venz recorded the highest finish by a Husker freshman since 1999 with a fourth-place showing.

Berger defeated Iowa's Michael Kemerer at 157 pounds after Kemerer could not finish (injury) 1 minute, 36 seconds into the match. Berger, who became Nebraska's 29th multi-time All-American, finished his season 28-9.

Berger advanced to the third-place match after avenging an earlier loss this season to Ohio State's Micah Jordan. On Saturday, Berger defeated Jordan 4-2 in the first sudden-death period during the consolation semifinals.

Venz, a redshirt freshman and seeded seventh at nationals, lost to 10th-seeded Emery Parker of Illinois 8-1 in the 184-pound third-place match. The last Husker freshman to finish fourth or better at nationals was current Husker associate head coach Bryan Snyder, who was fourth in 1999.

Venz finished the season leading the Huskers in wins (29) and bonus-point wins (19).

Chad Red, another Husker freshman, pinned Eastern Michigan's Sa'Derian Perry at the 7:00 mark for seventh place. Red finished his freshman campaign 26-11.

Red's pin gave the Huskers some bonus points, pushing NU to a ninth-place finish with 47 team points.

Penn State continued its dominance, winning its seventh national title in eight seasons. The Nittany Lions scored 141½ points, holding off Ohio State (133½). Iowa and Michigan rounded out the top four.

Penn State had four national champions — Zain Retherford at 149, Jason Nolf at 157, Vincenzo Joseph at 165 and Bo Nickal at 184.

Ohio State heavyweight Kyle Snyder won his third national title.

Nebraska finished ninth for the second straight year.


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