Nebraska's wrestling season got underway Sunday, as the Huskers traveled to Brookings, South Dakota, for the Daktronics Open. Eighteen wrestlers walked away from the competition with top-six finishes.
Michael Labriola was the most impressive for Nebraska. The 174-pound redshirt freshman won all four of his matches, and three of them ended with a bonus-point victory.
Labriola took first-place in the round-robin 174-pound competition. He also beat Minnesota's Devin Skatzka, an Indiana University transfer and two-time NCAA qualifier, with a 10-5 decision.
Christian Miller, 133-pounds, and Luke Miller, 157-pounds, both took runner-up.
Miller beat Brian Peska at Nebraska's wrestle-off for the 133-pound spot this past week and reached the finals Sunday before getting dominated by Minnesota's Ethan Lizak in the final, 16-0.
Lizak was a national finalist as a sophomore and a fourth-place finisher at the NCAA championships last year. Both of those finishes came at the 125-pound weight class.
Quite a few of Nebraska's starting wrestlers didn't make the trip to Brookings Sunday, including head coach Mark Manning. Taylor Venz wrestled at the NWCA All-Star Classic Friday night in Denver. Manning joined Venz at that event, where he beat Cornell's Max Dean 10-5.
Other wrestlers who didn't wrestle at the Daktronics Open, and stayed in Lincoln to train, included Tyler Berger, Zeke Moisey, Chad Red and Isaiah White.