Labriola Advances to Finals, Huskers Sit in Sixth

Labriola Advances to Finals, Huskers Sit in Sixth
March 18th, 2023 |

Tulsa, Okla. – Mikey Labriola advanced to the finals, and the Nebraska wrestling team is tied for sixth place with 51 points at the 2023 NCAA Championships. 
Nebraska’s four NCAA All-Americans marks the fourth time in six years the program has had four or more claim the award. Since 2012, Nebraska has had at least two wrestlers receive All-American honors, and the program has earned a total of 131 combined awards from 73 wrestlers. 
No. 2 Labriola (174), Nebraska’s first five-time All-American, is headed to the NCAA title match after securing a 3-1 win in the second tiebreak. Labriola was tied at one with Virginia Tech’s No. 3 Mekhi Lewis at the end of regulation. In the second tiebreak, Labriola recorded a big takedown to earn his spot in the final. Labriola is set for the Big Ten Championship rematch tomorrow night, taking on Penn State’s No. 1 Carter Starocci.
Three Huskers joined Labriola in the semifinals, but moved on to the consolation semifinals after dropping their matches. No. 3 Liam Cronin (125) fell by 8-2 decision to No. 2 Pat Glory (PRIN). At 141, No. 4 Brock Hardy (141) was defeated by No. 2 Real Woods in an 11-1 major. In a rematch of the Big Ten title bout, No. 3 Robb (157) and Penn State’s No. 2 Levi Haines were tied at two entering the final period. Haines scored an escape and takedown to win the 5-2 decision. The trio is set to wrestle in the consolation quarterfinals tomorrow morning.
No. 8 Silas Allred (197) was eliminated in the Round of 12, falling to Iowa’s No. 14 Jacob Warner, 1-0. Allred finishes the 2022-23 season with a 30-8 overall record. 
Medal rounds begin Saturday morning at 10 a.m. (CT) and will be televised on ESPNU with individual mat camera streams available on ESPN+.


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