Labriola Third and Red Sixth for Nebraska at NCAA Wrestling Championships

On the final day of the 2021 NCAA Championships, Mikey Labriola led the Huskers with a third-place finish in the 174-pound bracket. Chad Red Jr. (141) followed with a sixth-place finish as they both earned All-American honors and career-high results at the national championship tournament.

Labriola met Cal Poly’s #12 Bernie Truax in the third-place match to avenge his quarterfinal loss earlier in the tournament. Tied up at two headed into the third period, Labriola landed a takedown and four nearfall points to put the match out of reach for Truax. He finished with the 8-3 decision for the third-place trophy and his highest finish at the tournament after finishing sixth in 2019.

For the fifth-place match, Red Jr. met a familiar conference foe in Illinois’ #14 Dylan Duncan. In the third matchup between the two this season and second in the postseason, Red Jr. fell by 3-0 decision to finish sixth. The senior met NC State’s #4 Tariq Wilson in the consolation semifinals, dropping the match by major decision. He went 5-3 in the tournament, finished above his seed, improved on his 2018 seventh-place finish and is now a four-time All-American for Nebraska.