After going over Nebraska’s particular person weight courses intimately (right here 125, 133, 141, 149, 157, 165, 174, 184, 197, 285) it’s time to take a stab at what subsequent yr’s lineup might appear like high to backside. There are a number of variables at play right here. The Huskers are tasked with changing an All-American in Isaiah White together with two different starters from the 2019-20 squad that completed second on the Massive Ten Convention Championship event.
What do they do with the offseason additions to the roster? Do the highly-touted recruits crack the lineup or do they redshirt? Is anybody altering weight courses? In that case, what number of strikes will the Husker employees make to search out their finest beginning ten? A yr in the past, Nebraska introduced in one of many nation’s high courses, and 5 of these wrestlers are coming off redshirt years. How a lot of an impression will they make?
Like I mentioned, a number of variables. Right here goes.
Projected 2020-21 Depth Chart
- Liam Cronin (Sr.) – Indiana switch
- Alex Thomsen (Soph.) – 2019-20 starter at 125 kilos
- Ridge Lovett (Soph.) – 2019-20 starter
- Alex Thomsen (Soph.) -OR- Jevon Parrish (Jr.) – 2018-19 starter
- Chad Pink Jr. (Sr.) – All-American
- Christian Miller (Jr.)
- Kevon Davenport (R-Fr.)
- Caleb Licking (Sr.)
- Bubba Wilson (R-Fr.)
- Johnny Blankenship (Sr.)
- Peyton Robb (Soph.) – 2019-20 starter at 157 kilos
- Dalton Peters (Sr.)
- Mikey Labriola (Jr.) – All-American
- Isaiah Alford (R-Fr.)
- Taylor Venz (Sr.) – All-American
- Colton Wolfe (Jr.)
- Eric Schultz (Sr.) – 3-year starter
- Cade Svoboda (Sr.)
- Cale Davidson (Jr.) – Wyoming switch
- Christian Lance (Sr.) – 2019-20 co-starter
With the addition of Liam Cronin from Indiana, Nebraska brings in an skilled upperclassman, one thing I feel they had been missing this previous season within the lighter weights. And also you don’t usher in an skilled Massive Ten switch with out placing him in your lineup. I don’t suppose they’ll simply give Cronin the job. He’ll nonetheless should compete, however Cronin proved to be the higher wrestler between him and incumbent Alex Thomsen in March throughout the convention event.
Freshman phenom Ridge Lovett returns for his sophomore yr after going 17-Eight as a real freshman. The freshman was spectacular as he navigated one of many hardest weight courses within the nation’s hardest convention, culminating in an automated qualifying bid for the NCAA event that was later cancelled. The one query is whether or not he strikes up in weight to 141 kilos. The reply might come right down to how prepared incoming freshman Dominick Serrano is. Among the finest recruits Nebraska has signed in years, Serrano was ranked No. 2 in his weight class nationally and completed his highschool profession undefeated. He has All-American and potential champion written throughout him, so if he’s able to go the teaching employees could resolve to make some adjustments. Doubtlessly, it might trigger Lovett to maneuver to 141 kilos and Chad Pink Jr. to maneuver as much as 149. That’s not a probable state of affairs, however when you think about the truth that there’s a gap at 149 kilos and that Lovett appears destined to maneuver as much as 141 both this yr or subsequent, it’s not an extended shot both. If Serrano does certainly find yourself redshirting, Lovett will seemingly be backed up by Alex Thomsen, who might function the backup at each 125 and 133 kilos. Thomsen is yet one more younger wrestler that appears destined to maneuver up a weight class, particularly contemplating that incoming freshman Jeremiah Reno will most actually redshirt however looks like the inheritor obvious after Cronin’s one-and-done stint.
Sorry, that’s lots to digest. I promise it will get extra easy now.
Chad Pink Jr. is a two-time All-American and three-year starter for the Huskers. He’s simply Nebraska’s most enjoyable wrestler, and his senior yr is not going to disappoint. He might find yourself being the emotional chief of this squad and presumably it’s finest on the mat.
Coming off a redshirt yr, Kevon Davenport seems to be primed to leap proper right into a beginning spot after the commencement of Collin Purinton. The freshman was typically seen all through his redshirt yr leaping and hyping up his teammates, giving him the unofficial moniker of Nebraska’s hype man. That vitality will probably be enjoyable to look at on the mat for the Huskers, particularly after the previous top-25 total recruit backed it up with an 18-Four document throughout his redshirt yr.
I’m formally All-In on the prediction that Peyton Robb will probably be at 165 kilos subsequent yr, so I didn’t embrace him at 157 kilos, the burden class he held down as a redshirt freshman. As a substitute, Nebraska will probably be trotting out a redshirt freshman for the second time in two years at this spot. Bubba Wilson, the No. 11 wrestler at 152 kilos within the class of 2019, impressed as a redshirt with a 19-1 document. He’ll seemingly maintain this spot for the foreseeable future, and though he’ll inevitably take his lumps within the Massive Ten, he might flip right into a strong starter and presumably some day change into an All-American. He’s bought that kind of potential.
After going 20-6 as a freshman at 157 kilos with a tricky schedule, Peyton Robb cemented himself as certainly one of Nebraska’s finest returners. Shedding All-American Isaiah White is the largest blow for a Husker group that’s actually bringing again the meat of its lineup. With no actual replacements on the roster at 165 kilos, Nebraska will nearly assuredly transfer up a wrestler from 157 kilos. I feel it’ll be Robb, however the Husker coaches might additionally slide Wilson as much as this weight. I see Robb holding his personal higher all through the season after a yr of expertise and never having to chop as a lot weight. I count on large issues from Robb.
This one’s simple. Junior Mikey Labriola returns for his third yr because the starter. Labriola already has 50 profession wins and nonetheless hasn’t taken the mat as an upperclassman. And he’ll be navigating a weight class that’s been ravaged on the high by graduations, with nearly the entire wrestlers ranked above Labriola having expired their eligibility. Massive season coming for Labs.
Taylor Venz is one other senior that returns for the Huskers trying to end his profession robust. Venz holds 73 wins in a Husker singlet and has the flexibility and path that’s manageable sufficient this yr to complete as a champion.
Senior Eric Schultz was simply Nebraska’s finest wrestler a season in the past. After ending second on the Massive Ten Championships, Schultz was a 3-seed going into the NCAA event and primed to select up his first All-American honor. With the one wrestler now out of the best way that Schultz couldn’t get previous (Ohio State’s Kollin Moore), the trail to a nationwide championship appears attainable. The one man in Schultz’s method now’s West Virginia’s Noah Adams who went 32-Zero as a sophomore. Nonetheless, Adams’ final loss was to Schultz within the 2019 NCAA event. The Husker senior has nearly as good of a shot as anybody at a person title.
These higher weights for the Huskers (174, 184, 197) will probably be enjoyable to look at.
Final yr’s in-season switch Cale Davidson seems to be like Nebraska’s most suitable choice at heavyweight going into subsequent season. Nebraska should exchange David Jensen, who represented the Huskers within the postseason every of the final two years. Co-starter Christian Lance provides unbelievable effort and reveals flashes, however when going through top-flight convention foes, he was uncovered. After wrestling at 197 kilos for Wyoming, Davidson moved as much as heavyweight for Nebraska, going 6-2 throughout his lone event outing of 2020 as a Husker.