No. 10 Peacocks Place Seventh at NWCA National Duals

By Howie Thompson, UIU Athletic Information

Josh Walker

Upper Iowa's wrestling team placed seventh at the NWCA National Duals in Fort Wayne, Ind. thanks to a win over No. 7 Colorado State University-Pueblo in their final dual of the tournament. The Peacocks went 3-2 over the last two days to improve to 5-3 overall with wins over No. 8 Notre Dame College, No. 15 Lake Erie College and CSU-Pueblo. Upper Iowa's losses came to No. 25 Seton Hill University on Thursday in the quarterfinals and to the No. 13 University of Central Oklahoma to open Friday's action.

UIU has now placed in 10 of the last 11 NWCA National Duals and the last 7 straight tournaments. Josh Walker led the Peacocks in the five duals with a perfect 5-0 mark thanks to a tech fall, two majors and two decisions. Jordan Gundrum also went without a loss in his four matches with two major decisions, a decision and a win by forfeit.

In Friday's morning match, the Bronchos took an early 5-0 lead, but Walker tied the score at 5-5 thanks to a dominating 18-3 tech fall win over Blake Dauphin at 133 pounds. Hunter Slifka made it 8-5 in favor of UIU with a 5-3 decision in the first sudden victory period. Central Oklahoma rattled off four straight wins including a pair of decisions at 149 and 157 pounds, a win by fall at 165 pounds and a win by forfeit at 174 pounds. The Bronchos led 23-8 heading into the final three matches, but Upper Iowa was able to close the gap with wins by Dalton Hahn, 2-1 over Joel Dixon, and Nick Baumler, 3-2 over Colton Looper. Central Oklahoma claimed the final match at heavyweight with a 2-1 decision to set the final score at 26-14.

The Peacocks got off to a great start in their seventh place dual against the ThunderWolves thanks to a decision by Maleek Williams and a major by Walker. Williams outlasted Josiah Seaton 12-11 at 125 pounds and Walker dominated Tanner Terry 13-3. UIU's next win came at 149 pounds when Damian Penichet posted a 5-1 decision to give the team a 10-3 lead. CSU-Pueblo won a pair of decisions at 157 and 165 to pull within one, but UIU scored wins by forfeit at 174 and 184 pounds to pull ahead by a score of 22-9. Baumler scored his fourth win of the two days with a major decision, 11-3, over Donavon Rincon at 197 pounds. The ThunderWolves got a win by fall at heavyweight to close the final gap to 11 points, 26-15.

Upper Iowa's next action comes at home in Dorman Gym on Jan. 11. The Peacocks will host the Dragons of Minnesota State University Moorhead at 7 p.m. in a return to the Northern Sun Conference season.

No. 13 Central Oklahoma defeats No. 10 Upper Iowa 26-14

125 - Elijah Hale (Central Oklahoma) over Ryan Schmalen (Upper Iowa) TF 16-1
133 - Josh Walker (Upper Iowa) over Blake Dauphin (Central Oklahoma) TF 18-3
141 - Hunter Slifka (Upper Iowa) over Rio Zamora (Central Oklahoma) SV-1 5-3
149 - No. 7 Will Steltzlen (Central Oklahoma) over Damian Penichet (Upper Iowa) Dec 6-4
157 - No. 7 Bryan Dutton (Central Oklahoma) over Mac Spotts (Upper Iowa) Dec 5-0
165 - Mason Thompson (Central Oklahoma) over Tucker Black (Upper Iowa) Fall 2:46
174 - No. 11 Miguel Barreras (Central Oklahoma) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
184 - Dalton Hahn (Upper Iowa) over Joel Dixon (Central Oklahoma) Dec 2-1
197 - Nick Baumler (Upper Iowa) over Colton Looper (Central Oklahoma) Dec 3-2
285 - Kyle Factor (Central Oklahoma) over Triston Westerlund (Upper Iowa) Dec 2-1

No. 10 Upper Iowa defeats No. 7 Colorado State - Pueblo 26-15

125 - Maleek Williams (Upper Iowa) over Josiah Seaton (Colorado State - Pueblo) Dec 12-11
133 - Josh Walker (Upper Iowa) over Tanner Terry (Colorado State - Pueblo) Maj 13-3
141 - Jared Mestas (Colorado State - Pueblo) over Hunter Slifka (Upper Iowa) Dec 7-1
149 - Damian Penichet (Upper Iowa) over Gavin Melendez (Colorado State - Pueblo) Dec 5-1
157 - No. 9 Kyle Fantin (Colorado State - Pueblo) over Mac Spotts (Upper Iowa) Dec 6-3
165 - No. 2 JaCobi Jones (Colorado State - Pueblo) over Tucker Black (Upper Iowa) Dec 9-4
174 - Jordan Gundrum (Upper Iowa) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
184 - Dalton Hahn (Upper Iowa) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
197 - Nick Baumler (Upper Iowa) over Donavon Rincon (Colorado State - Pueblo) Maj 11-3
285 - Cody Johnson (Colorado State - Pueblo) over Triston Westerlund(Upper Iowa) Fall 1:22