CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – No. 11 UNI wrestling dominated pool competition, winning 15 of the 19 contested matches, to advance to the gold bracket of the Virginia Duals set to be contested Saturday.
The Panthers (4-1 / 1-0 Big 12) opened the duals with a 32-6 win over Kent State, which fell to 8-6 overall. UNI followed it up with a 33-7 win over Chattanooga (4-4) today.
UNI will face No. 10 Arizona State in the semifinals of the gold bracket 1 p.m. Saturday. The Panthers will then compete against No. 9 Virginia Tech or Oklahoma 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Oklahoma knocked off No. 20 Lock Haven for the final spot in the championship bracket.
Jay Schwarm led off both matches with first-period falls. He leads the team with 12 this season. Nine of his pins have come in the first period.
Drew Foster earned his fastest fall of the season, pinning Shane Mast of Kent State in 1 minute, 7 seconds. He stayed perfect against No. 15 Bryce Carr of Chattanooga. Foster beat Carr earlier this season at the Southern Scuffle en route to a second-place finish. Foster grabbed an escape for a 2-1 win in the first set of tiebreakers today.
Taylor Lujan remains the only Panther still undefeated in duals. He earned a major decision win over UTC's Justin Lampe and a 3-0 win over Dylan Barreiro of Kent State.
Max Thomsen opened with a tech fall and finished the day with a major decision win. Carter Isley, Jack Wagner and Logan Ryan won their first duals as Panthers. Ryan had a major decision win against UTC's Dylan Forzani.
This is the first time UNI has competed in the Virginia Duals since the 2000 season.
RESULTS (NWCA team rankings / Intermat individuals)
#11 UNI 32, Kent State 6
- 125: #12 Jay Schwarm (UNI) pinned Jake Ferri (Kent State), 1:02
- 133: Anthony Tutolo (Kent State) dec. Jack Wagner (UNI), 13-9
- 141: #8 Josh Alber (UNI) dec. Tim Rooney (Kent State), 11-6
- 149: #7 Max Thomsen (UNI) tech fall Nick Monico (Kent State), 17-0
- 157: Logan Ryan (UNI) dec. Casey Sparkman (Kent State), 2-1 (TB1)
- 165: Isaac Bast (Kent State) dec. Dan Kelly (UNI), 9-5
- 174: #7 Taylor Lujan (UNI) dec. Dylan Barreiro (Kent State), 3-0
- 184: #11 Drew Foster (UNI) pinned Shane Mast (Kent State), 1:07
- 197: #19 Jacob Holschlag (UNI) dec. Kyle Conel (Kent State), 1-0
- 285: Carter Isley (UNI) dec. Devin Nye (Kent State), 8-4
#11 UNI 33, UT-Chattanooga 7
- 125: #12 Jay Schwarm (UNI) pinned Alonzo Allen (UTC), 1:24
- 133: Jack Wagner (UNI) dec. Chris Debien (UTC), 8-6 SV1
- 141: #8 Josh Alber (UNI) dec. Michael Pongracz (UTC), 5-2
- 149: #7 Max Thomsen (UNI) maj. dec. Roman Boylen (UTC), 10-1
- 157: Logan Ryan (UNI) maj. dec. Dylan Forzani (UTC), 13-5
- 165: Chad Pyke (UTC) maj. dec. Isaiah Patton (UNI), 15-3
- 174: #7 Taylor Lujan (UNI) maj. dec. Justin Lampe (UTC), 16-4
- 184: #11 Drew Foster (UNI) dec. #15 Bryce Carr (UTC), 2-1 TB1
- 197: #15 Scottie Boykin (UTC) dec. #19 Jacob Holschlag (UNI), 8-7
- 285: Carter Isley (UNI) forfeit over unknown (UTC)