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Husker wrestling pins Tar Heels in Chapel Hill

December 17, 2018

Tyler Berger picked up his 100th career win and David Jensen defeated No. 14 Cory Daniel in his first dual match of the season as the No. 11 Husker wrestling team beat No. 12 North Carolina 22-15 at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill on Saturday night.

“We need to continue to wrestle to our standard,” Mark Manning told the Journal Star after the win, “We have a lot of room for growth, and that was shown tonight.”

Nebraska was able to overcome a six-point disadvantage in the dual as well, after Zeke Moisey didn’t make weight for NU and had to forfeit his 125-pound match.

The Huskers trailed 13-3 after four matches after Chad Red and Colin Purinton lost matches, as well. Tuckey Sjomeling picked up the only NU win, at 133 pounds, in the first four matches.

Berger picked up a major decision over Sawyer Davidson to cut the UNC lead to 13-7.

“Bonus points like Tyler’s are huge for us. We need him to continue to do that,” Manning said.

Despite Tyler Venz losing a 6-5 decision to Chip Ness, the Huskers dominated the heavier weights.

Nebraska won five of the final six matches, with Mikey Labriola picking up six points when North Carolina’s Devin Kane had to forfeit because of an injury.

The Huskers will take on No. 7 North Carolina State at Neal Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, North Carolina at noon Sunday.

“We need to wrestle for each other. That’s the goal against N.C. State,” Manning said.