Nebraska's Mikey Labriola takes Minnesota's Devin Skatzka to the mat Friday at the Devaney Sports Center. Labriola won the match to tie the team scores 14-14 with three matches left to wrestle in the meet.
Mikey Labriola’s reversal and four near-fall points in the third period completed a comeback win that turned the momentum as the No. 9 Huskers overcame a 14-point team-point deficit to knock off No. 7 Minnesota 21-18 at the Devaney Sports Center Friday night.
“This just shows we have lot of heart,” Labriola said. “We are going to keep wrestling hard, even if we’re losing. Keep wrestling hard and start chipping away.”
The hole came early for NU.
Zeke Moisey got pinned by Minnesota’s No. 6 Sean Russell at 125 pounds, when he was up 5-1 in the third period.
Minnesota’s six-point lead got stretched even further when No. 8 Ethan Lizak got a technical fall victory over Jevon Parrish.
NU was down 14-0 after Chad Red’s loss at 141 pounds, but Jordan Shearer got a 10-2 major decision over Thomas Thorn to get the Huskers on the board.
“He has it in him,” Mark Manning said. “Thorn is an All-American and Jordan took it to him.”
Tyler Berger battled what Manning called “being banged up” and gutted out a 3-1 overtime win over No. 8 Steve Brolsma.
“Tyler Berger was a man tonight,” Manning said. “He didn’t practice all week. That shows a lot of courage and a lot of heart.”
Taylor Venz recorded a victory as well.
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