Six Panthers in Hunt for Southern Scuffle Medals

By Michelle Van Dorn, UNI Sports Information

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – UNI wrestling notched five wins over top-15 opponents, and six Panthers are still in the hunt for a medal at the Southern Scuffle, which wraps up tomorrow.

Tyler Willers knocked off No. 4 Randy Cruz of Lehigh in the first round with a 12-2 major decision at 141 pounds. Jake Hodges, also at 141 pounds, toppled No. 7 Matt Manley of Missouri in the first round. He pushed it to sudden victory to win 2-1.

Still in the championship rounds:

  • Josh Alber - 133 pounds
  • No. 11 Max Thomsen - 149 pounds
  • Bryce Steiert - 165 pounds
  • Drew Foster – 184 pounds

Still in the running for a third-place finish:

  • Jay Schwarm – 125 pounds
  • Taylor Lujan – 174 pounds

Alber ended his bonus point streak, but earned a win over his first top-15 opponent at 133 pounds. He improved to 11-2 overall on the season, and he earned bonus points in the first 10 wins. He added a fall and a tech fall after the first day at the Southern Scuffle. He now has three pins, three tech falls, four major decisions and one decision. He ended the night with a win over No. 13. Kevin DeVoy of Drexel.

Thomsen ended the night with a sudden victory win over his first top-10 opponent of the year in the 149-pound weight class. A takedown in sudden victory, advanced him to the semifinals, where he will face No. 4 Lavion Mayes of Missouri.

Steiert had his first top-10 win with a sudden victory win over No. 9 Nick Wanzek of Minnesota. Wanzek is ranked at 174 pounds. The two are competing at 165 pounds. Steiert got his first fall of the season in his opening round.

Foster also earned his final win of the day in sudden victory. He earned two major decisions at 184 pounds before the 6-4 win over Bryce Carr of Chattanooga. He will face No. 5 Nathan Boyd of Oklahoma State in the first round Monday.

Schwarm will get his first shot at a ranked opponent when he faces No. 7 Barlow McGhee of Missouri in the first round Monday. He wrapped up the day earning two falls, including one and a tech fall.

Lujan dominated his first-round match against Dalton Robertson of Northern Colorado. He wrapped up the tech fall in less than five minutes.
The Team is sitting in fourth place, just one point behind Lehigh.

TEAM STANDINGS (top 10):
1 Oklahoma State 116
2 Missouri 70.5
3 Lehigh 69.5
4 Northern Iowa 68.5
5 Minnesota 68
6 Virginia 46.5
7 Stanford 44.5
8 North Carolina 43.5
9 Cornell 36.5
10 Edinboro 33

FULL RESULTS:
125 – Jay Schwarm

  • Jan. 1      L - Mitch Brown (Utah Valley), 4:07 (F)
  • Jan. 1      W - Brian Rossi (Stanford), 5:41 (F)
  • Jan. 1      W - Aaron Assad (Missouri), 16-0 (TF) 3:17
  • Jan. 1      W - Trey Andrews (Northern Colorado), 0:46 (F)
  • Next up: No. 7 Barlow McGhee (Missouri)

125 – No. 3 Dylan Peters – DNP

  • Jan. 1      W - Tyrone Klump (North Carolina), 3-2
  • Jan. 1      W - John Martin (Cleveland State), 17-0 (TF)
  • Jan. 1      L - Gabe Townsell (Stanford), 9-7
  • Jan. 1      L - Louie Hayes (Virginia), 12-6

133 – Josh Alber

  • Jan. 1      W - Alex Rinaldi (North Carolina), 2:01 (F)
  • Jan. 1      W - Jonathan Ryan (Campbell), 16-0 TF 2:25
  • Jan. 1      W - #13 Kevin Devoy (Drexel), 8-4
  • Next up: #10 Scott Parker (Lehigh)

141 – Jake Hodges – DNP

  • Jan. 1      W - #7 Matt Manley (Missouri), 2-1 SV1
  • Jan. 1      L - Boo Lewallen (Oklahoma State), 8-2
  • Jan. 1      W - Ryan Hull (Gardner Webb), 5-2
  • Jan. 1      L - Timmy Box (Northern Colorado), 11-5

141 – Tyler Willers – DNP

  • Jan. 1      W - #4 Randy Cruz (Lehigh), 12-2 (MD)
  • Jan. 1      L - Tristan Moran (Oklahoma State), 4:38 (F)
  • Jan. 1      L - Will Clark (North Carolina State), 7:11 (F) SV1

149 – No. 11 Max Thomsen

  • Jan. 1      W - Cole Graves (Gardner Webb), 1:31 (F)
  • Jan. 1      W - Jonathan Furnas (Cornell), 4-0
  • Jan. 1      W – Jonce Blylock (Oklahoma State), 6-3
  • Jan. 1      W - #9 Laike Gardner (Lehigh), 6-4 SV1
  • Next up: #4 Lavion Mayes (Missouri)

157 – Paden Moore – DNP

  • Jan. 1      L - Joey Moon (North Carolina), 3:46 (F)
  • Jan. 1      W - Raider Lofthouse (Utah Valley), 3:34 (F)
  • Jan. 1      W - Aaron Walker (Citadel), 7-2
  • Jan. 1      L - Zach Elvin (Navy), 15-6 (MD)

165 – No. 14 Bryce Steiert

  • Jan. 1      W - Jason Carr (Citadel), 2:14 (F)
  • Jan. 1      W - Drew Daniels (Navy), 8-2
  • Jan. 1      W - Dillon Artigliere (Cornell), MFF
  • Jan. 1      W - #9 Nick Wanzek* (Minnesota), 6-4 SV1
  • Next up: No. 4 Daniel Lewis (Missouri)
  • *ranked at 174 pounds

165 – Isaiah Patton - DNP

  • Jan. 1      L - Chad Pyke (North Carolina State), 12-1 (MD)
  • Jan. 1      W - Christian Maroni (Gardner Webb), 2-0
  • Jan. 1      W - Heston Lamons (Oklahoma State), 4-3
  • Jan. 1      W - Dillon Artigliere (Cornell), MFF
  • Jan. 1      L - Forrest Przybysz (Appalachian State), 8-6 SV1

174 – No. 10 Taylor Lujan

  • Jan. 1      W - Dalton Robertson (Northern Colorado), 18-1 TF 4:59
  • Jan. 1      W- Sean Mappes (Chattanooga), 8-1
  • Jan. 1      L - #14 Ryan Preisch (Lehigh), 14-6 (MD)
  • Next up: Ty Schoffstall (Edinboro)

184 – No. 14 Drew Foster

  • Jan. 1      W - Alex Deciantis (Drexel), 14-6 (MD)
  • Jan. 1      W - Will Schany (Virginia), 14-6 (MD)
  • Jan. 1      W - Bryce Carr (Chattanooga) 6-4 SV1
  • Next up: #5 Nathan Boyd (Oklahoma State)

184 – Jacob Holschlag – DNP

  • Jan. 1      W - Alec Schenk (Duke), W 9-3
  • Jan. 1      L - Dakota Geer (Edinboro), 7-1
  • Jan. 1      W - David Peters-Logue (Appalachian State), 3-2
  • Jan. 1      L - Paul Dunn (Lehigh), 1:56 (F)

285 – JJ Everard – DNP

  • Jan. 1      W - Kerry Powers (Air Force), 10-7
  • Jan. 1      L - #19 Jacob Kasper (Duke), 2-0
  • Jan. 1      L - Austin Myers (Missouri), 12-4 (MD)

285 – Carter Isley – DNP

  • Jan. 1      W - Jeramy Sweany (Cornell), 1:12 (F)
  • Jan. 1      W - Dustin Dennison (Utah Valley), 3-2
  • Jan. 1      L - #8 Nathan Butler (Stanford), 8-2
  • Jan. 1      L - Cory Daniel (North Carolina), 3-1