Labriola Advances to Finals, Huskers Tied for Sixth
Tulsa, Okla. - Mikey Labriola advanced to the finals, and the Nebraska wrestling team is in sixth place with 51 points at the 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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Sessions I - IV
March 16-17, 2023
125: No. 3 Liam Cronin
First Round: No. 3 Cronin dec. No. 30 Antonio Lorenzo (POLY) 9-4
Second Round: No. 3 Cronin dec. No. 19 Braxton Brown (MD) 8-4
Quarterfinals: No. 3 Cronin dec. No. 27 Eddie Ventresca (VT) 3-1, SV-1
Semifinals: No. 2 Pat Glory (PRIN) dec. No. 3 Cronin 8-2
Cons. Quarterfinals: No. 3 Cronin vs. No. 8 Anthony Noto (LH)
141: No. 4 Brock Hardy
First Round: No. 4 Hardy major dec. No. 29 Jordan Titus (WVU) 12-4
Second Round: No. 4 Hardy dec. No. 20 Jakob Bergeland (MINN) 5-1
Quarterfinals: No. 4 Hardy dec. No. 12 Parker Filius (PUR) 7-0
Semifinals: No. 1 Real Woods (IOWA) major dec. No. 4 Hardy 11-1
Cons. Quarterfinals: No. 4 Hardy vs. No. 10 Lachlan McNeil (UNC)
157: No. 3 Peyton Robb
First Round: No. 3 Robb tech. fall No. 30 Jared Hill (OU) 15-0 (6:11)
Second Round: No. 3 Robb tech. fall No. 19 Garrett Model (WIS) 16-1 (5:40)
Quarterfinals: No. 3 Robb dec. No. 6 Daniel Cardenas (STAN) 6-4
Semifinals: No. 3 Robb dec. No. 2 Levi Haines (PSU) 5-2
Cons. Semifinals: No. 3 Robb vs. No. 4 Jared Franek (NDSU)
165: No. 25 Bubba Wilson (2-2) DNP
First Round: No. 25 Wilson dec. No. 8 Matthew Olguin (ORST) 3-1, SV-1
Second Round: No. 9 Shane Griffith (STAN) maj. dec. No. 25 Wilson 10-0
Cons. Second Round: No. 25 Wilson dec. No. 23 Connor Brady (VT) 5-2
Cons. Third Round: No. 17 Austin Yant (UNI) major dec. No. 25 Wilson 10-0
174: No. 2 Mikey Labriola
First Round: No. 2 Labriola dec. No. 31 Tyler Stoltzfus (LEH) 9-6
Second Round: No. 2 Labriola dec. No. 15 Demetrius Romero (UVU) 3-1
Quarterfinals: No. 2 Labriola dec. No. 7 Peyton Mocco (MIZ) 4-3
Semifinals: No. 2 Labriola dec. No. 3 Mekhi Lewis (VT) 3-1, TB-2
Finals: No. 2 Labriola vs. No. 1 Carter Starocci (PSU)
184: No. 13 Lenny Pinto (1-2) DNP
First Round: No. 20 Neil Antrassian (UVU) dec. No. 13 Pinto 11-6
Cons. First Round: No. 13 Pinto dec. No. 29 Deanthony Parker (NDSU) 7-1
Cons. Second Round: No. 14 Will Feldkamp (CLAR) pinned No. 13 Pinto (4:30)
197: No. 8 Silas Allred (2-2) DNP
First Round: No. 8 Allred dec. No. 25 Michael Battista (UVU) 13-7
Second Round: No. 8 Allred dec. No. 9 Max Dean (PSU) 7-2
Quarterfinals: No. 1 Nino Bonaccorsi (PITT) dec. No. 8 Allred 5-3
Round of 12: No. 14 Jacob Warner (IOWA) dec. No. 8 Allred 1-0
Team Score (Points):
1 Penn State (116.5)
2 Iowa (77.0)
3 Cornell (64.0)
4 Ohio State (62.0)
5 Missouri (55.0)
6 Michigan (51.0)
6 Nebraska (51.0)
8 Iowa State (44.0)
9 NC State (41.5)
10 Virginia Tech (40.5)
Purdue's Ramos shocks Iowa's Lee; Penn St. leads team race
By: The Associated Press
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Purdue’s Matt Ramos pulled one of the most stunning upsets in NCAA Division I wrestling history, ending Iowa’s Spencer Lee’s chase for four national titles with a pin in the closing seconds of their semifinal match on Friday night.
Ramos, the No. 4 seed at 125 pounds, got the fall with one second remaining in the third period to end the nation's longest win streak at 58 matches.
Ramos had been vocal about his belief that he could beat Lee.
“I work really hard and I trust in what I believe in, and being able to speak it out into existence — I’m not trying to be cocky or anything, but if I can’t get it out into the world, then I don’t believe it will happen,” he said.
That will leave Cornell’s Yianni Diakomihalis as the only wrestler still in contention for a fourth title on Saturday. He defeated Penn State's Shayne Van Ness 8-3 in his semifinal match at 149. If Diakomihalis defeats Ohio State's Sammy Sasso in the final, he will become the fifth wrestler to win four Division I national championships.
Diakomihalis was well aware that Lee had lost before his semifinal.
“In the moment it was like, ’Wow, I didn’t know what to think,'" Diakomihalis said. "I mean, he’s one of those guys who’s been very dominant -- probably more dominant than I’ve been.”
Diakomihalis said he understood the pressure Lee faced.
“You gotta feel for him a little bit, right?” he said. “I’m kind of in a similar position. The whole arena is waiting for you to lose. Maybe they’re not cheering against you, but secretly in the back of their head, it gets a little louder when the other guy is going to score.”
Penn State is closing in on its 10th national title in 12 years. The Nittany Lions have 116.5 points. Iowa is in second with 77.5 points followed by Cornell (64) and Ohio State (62).
But Ramos was the story of the night. He led Lee 4-1 at the end of the first period, but Lee scored a four-point near fall in the second period to take a 5-4 lead and set up the drama in the third.
Ramos will face Princeton’s Pat Glory, who defeated Nebraska’s Liam Cronin 8-2 in the other semifinal, for the championship on Saturday. Glory, the No. 2 seed, is undefeated.
“It’s a dream for me,” Ramos said. “The job is not done yet.”
The three Penn State wrestlers seeking their third national titles — Roman Bravo-Young at 133, Carter Starocci at 174 and Aaron Brooks at 184 — all advanced to the finals.
Bravo-Young got a two-point takedown in sudden victory time against Arizona State’s Michael McGee. He now has the nation’s longest win streak at 56 matches.
“That was a fun match there,” Bravo-Young said. “Found a way to get it done.”
Bravo-Young will face Cornell’s Vito Arujau, who defeated Oklahoma State’s Daton Fix 11-3 in the other semifinal. Fix had lost in the finals three times, but he was unbeaten and seeded second.
Starocci defeated Cornell's Chris Foca in the semifinals and advanced to face Nebraska's Mikey Labriola in the final. Starocci defeated Labriola 6-1 in the Big Ten final in a battle of unbeatens.
Brooks, seeded third, defeated No. 2 seed Trent Hilday of North Carolina State 6-3 in a semifinal. He will face the top seed, Northern Iowa's Parker Keckeisen, in the final.
Penn State got a fourth finalist when freshman Levi Haines, the No. 2 seed, defeated Nebraska's Peyton Robb in the semifinals at 157. He'll face North Carolina's Austin O'Connor in the final. The top seed remained unbeaten after defeating Lehigh's Josh Humphreys.
At 165, No. 1 seed David Carr defeated Princeton's Quincy Monday 6-5 in a semifinal. Monday's father is 1988 Olympic gold medalist wrestler Kenny Monday.
Other No. 1 seeds that advanced to the finals were Michigan's Mason Parris at 285, Pitt's Nino Bonaccorsi at 197 and Iowa's Real Woods at 141.