Two Panthers Earn All-American Wrestling Honors

By Michelle Van Dorn, UNI Sports Information
Semifinal - Lavion Mayes (Missouri) won by decision over Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa) (Dec 4-2)

Semifinal - Lavion Mayes (Missouri) won by decision over Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa) (Dec 4-2)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Max Thomsen and Drew Foster secured their first All-America honors at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships today.

"I knew the kind of competitor Max was when we got him," head coach Doug Schwab said of Thomsen. "I am not surprised that as a freshman he is in the semifinals of the national tournament. He's finding different ways to win. He's been a hammer on top."

Thomsen was bumped to the consolations with a 4-2 loss to No. 3 Lavion Mayes of Missouri in the semifinals. He then lost to No. 4 Micah Jordan of Ohio State 13-5 in the consolation semifinals. Then defeated Solomon Chishko of Virginia Tech 10-4 for 5th place

Foster earned his spot on the podium by knocking off No. 10 seed Michael Macchiavello of North Carolina State in a 3-1 decision.

"It just comes down to grit," said Foster. "In our practice room, you get a lot of that with guys like Jacob Holschlag and Dylan Peters. Those guys are gritty dudes. I just feed off that. I am still undersized at 184 pounds. I am building up on my size. Changing to 84 is a big jump. I was just getting used to that (last year), and now I am used to that."

With an 8-6 loss to No. 6 Myles Martin of Ohio State, he defeated No. 9 Nathan Jackson of Indiana 11-7 for seventh place.

Four Panthers were bumped from the tournament. Bryce Steiert was a win away from the 165-pound podium with wins over Iowa's Joseph Gunther and Lehigh's Cole Walter. No. 9 Chandler Rogers of Oklahoma State ended his run.

Two-time All-American Dylan Peters lost his first-round 125-pound match in the morning.

"He's been the heart of our program," Schwab said of Peters. "He really helped put our program on the map. He's got nothing to hang his head about. He had an incredible career. He helped elevate our program. Some of our young guys believe, because of him."

Josh Alber coasted to a 6-2 win over Central Michigan's Corey Keener before being edged out by Scott Delvecchio of Rutgers at 133 pounds.

At 174 pounds, Taylor Lujan grabbed a win before losing to No. 16 Jadaen Bernstein of Navy, 14-6. It was just the second major decision and second set of bonus points Lujan gave up all year.

The Panthers were 25th last year.

125 pounds: No. 22 Dylan Peters - DNP
March 16 #4 Darian Cruz Lehigh L 0:52 (F)
March 16 Barlow McGhee Missouri W 4-3
March 16 Sean Nickell Bakersfield W 8-7
March 17 #19 Kyle Akins Buffalo L 9-6

133 pounds: No. 12 seed Josh Alber (ranked No. 11) - DNP
March 16 #25 Austin Eicher Michigan State W 2:23 (F)
March 16 #5 Stevan Micic Michigan L 5-2
March 17 #23 Corey Keener Central Michigan W 6-2
March 17 #21 Scott Delvecchio Rutgers L 4-3

149 pounds: No. 7 seed Max Thomsen (ranked No. 8)
March 16 #20 Matt Cimato Drexel W 2-1
March 16 #10 Laike Gardner Lehigh W 6-4
March 17 #15 Kenny Theobold Rutgers W 5-1
March 17 #3 Lavion Mayes Missouri L 4-2
March 18 #4 Micah Jordan Ohio State W 10-4

165 pounds: No. 11 Bryce Steiert - DNP
March 16 Andrew Mendel Army W 6-5
March 16 #6 Daniel Lewis Missouri L 6-0
March 17 Cole Walter Lehigh W 8-4
March 17 Joseph Gunther Iowa W 8-3
March 17 #9 Chandler Rogers Oklahoma State L 10-4

174 pounds: No. 13 Taylor Lujan – DNP
March 16 #28 Ryan Christensen Wisconsin W 6-1
March 16 #4 Zach Epperly Virginia Tech L 5-2
March 17 Josef Johnson Harvard W 7-2
March 17 #16 Jadaen Bernstein Navy L 14-6 (MD)

184 pounds: No. 12 Drew Foster
March 16 Robert Steveson Minnesota W 8-0 (MD)
March 16 #5 Zack Zavatsky Virginia Tech W 4-3
March 17 #4 Nolan Boyd Oklahoma State L 11-7
March 17 #10 Michael Macchiavello North Carolina State W 3-1
March 17 #6 Myles Martin Ohio State L 8-6
March 18 #9 Nathan Jackson Indiana W 11-7