Northern Iowa Closes out 2019 Dual Season Hosting Iowa State

By Michelle Van Dorn, UNI Sports Information
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI wrestling fans can expect three top-15 matchups at the Panthers' final dual of the season set for Thursday.

The Panthers have won the last two duals with Iowa State. Last year's 31-7 win marked the largest margin of victory for UNI over Iowa State with 24 points. It also was the first time UNI had beaten ISU in two consecutive duals since the back-to-back wins in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

UNI is looking for its third straight win against Iowa State for the first time since the 1952 season when the Panthers won 11 consecutive duals against the Cyclones. ISU leads the series 57-19. The first matchup between the teams was in 1924, making it the longest current series UNI has with any team.

THE MATCHUPS

UNI enters the dual with six wrestlers ranked in the NCAA top 33. Iowa State has someone at nine of the 10 weight classes.

Plenty of rematches will be on the line at 141, 149, 174, 184 pounds and at heavyweight.

LINEUPS |  NCAA RANK (RPI):
125 |  UNI's Jay Schwarm is No. 8 among all Panthers for most career falls. Of his 30 pins, 22 of those have come in the first period. He leads the Panthers in dual scoring and was one of six Panthers who qualified for the NCAA tournament last year.  He faces Alex Mackall of Iowa State, who transferred during his redshirt season from Rutgers.

  • No. 26 (26) Schwarm, Jr. 10-8 / 7-4
  • No. 14 (18) Mackall, So. 20-8 / 8-4

133 |  UNI's Skudlarczyk jumped in the lineup early this season and has held the spot since. He faces Austin Gomez, who was undefeated last year wrestling unattached for ISU. Gomez has some big wins this year, including against Iowa's No. 3 Austin DeSanto.

  • Skudlarczyk, RFr. 6-11 / 3-6
  • No. 7 (5) Gomez, RFr. 17-3 / 10-2

141 |  UNI's Josh Alber has two wins over ISU's Ian Parker. In 2016, Alber won by 16-0 tech fall. Parker closed the gap but fell 3-2 to Alber at last year's Big 12 Championships. Alber is on a 14-match win streak and now has 103 career wins. He is the 20th Panther to win at least 100 matches. He is 18th among all Panthers for career wins. Parker was fifth at last year's Big 12 tournament. Without the two matches Parker had to medically forfeit at the Southern Scuffle, he was on a 12-match win streak before unranked Grant Willits snapped that in a dual against Oregon State.

  • No. 7 (1) Alber, Sr. 26-4 / 10-1
  • No. 12 (20) Parker, So. 21-3 / 10-1

149 |  UNI's Max Thomsen leads the series with ISU's Jarrett Degen. He beat Degen 11-5 at last year's Big 12 Championships and 7-5 in last year's dual. Thomsen is a two-time NCAA qualifier and earned All-America honors with a fifth-place finish in 2017. Degen transferred to Iowa State from Virginia Tech and was the Cyclones' only NCAA qualifier last year.

  • No. 10 (7) Thomsen, Jr. 17-6 / 6-3
  • No. 13 (6) Degen, So. 22-4 / 11-1

157 |  UNI's Paden Moore got a late start to the season and missed much of last year due to injury. He will face Chase Straw, an Independence High School graduate who is on a four-match win streak.

  • Moore, Jr. 5-4 / 2-2 or Patrick Schoenfelder, RFr. 6-18 / 0-7
  • UR (29) Straw, Jr. 16-9 / 7-5

165 |  UNI's Bryce Steiert returned to the lineup this year after taking a redshirt season. The junior is a two-time NCAA qualifier at two different weights. He has won six of his last eight duals, with both of his dual losses to top-15 opponents. He has three wins over top-20 opponents so far this year. He will face off against ISU's only true freshman in the lineup, Logan Schumacher.

  • No. 12 (7) Steiert, Jr 19-6 / 9-2
  • Schumacher, Fr. 15-9 / 3-4

174 |  UNI's Taylor Lujan leads the series with ISU's Marcus Coleman, 2-0. Lujan handed Coleman his only two losses last year with a 20-4 tech fall and 10-7 decision in open tournaments last year. Lujan is the only Panther who has two conference titles, winning a Big 12 title last year and a Mid-American title in 2017. The two-time NCAA qualifier has earned Big 12 Wrestler of the Week honors twice and has four wins over top-20 opponents so far this season.

  • No. 8 (6) Lujan, Jr. 21-4 / 9-2
  • No. 21 (17) Coleman, RFr. 24-8 / 10-2

184 |  UNI's Drew Foster beat Sam Colbray in a 14-0 major decision at this year's opening tournament. Foster earned All-America honors in his first trip to the NCAA tournament in 2017. He won the Big 12 Championships last season to make his second trip to nationals last year. Colbray's only dual loss is to Oklahoma State's No. 9 Jacobe Smith.

  • No. 8 (1) Foster, Sr. 20-4 / 7-3
  • No. 15 (7) Colbray, So. 21-5 / 11-1

197 |  UNI started the season with Izaak Shedenhelm at 197 pounds and pulled Tyrell Gordon's redshirt to move him into the lineup. Shedenhelmstepped into heavyweight and has since moved back down to his original weight. Gordon is the first prep from Waterloo since head coach Doug Schwab took over. Willie Miklus transferred to Iowa State after earning All-America honors three times at Missouri. He was eighth last year at 197 pounds and was sixth and seventh at 184 pounds in 2016 and 2015, respectively.

  • Gordon, Fr. 13-11 / 2-7 or Shedenhelm, So. 10-15 / 1-6
  • No. 5 Miklus, Sr. 17-2 / 10-2

285 | UNI's Carter Isley and ISU's Gannon Gremmel have traded wins at heavyweight. Isley won the first meeting, pinning Gremmel in 2 minutes, 4 seconds at the 2017 Harold Nichols Cyclone Open. Gremmel avenged the loss in sudden victory at the 2017 UNI Open.

  • Isley, So. 12-6 / 4-2
  • Gremmel, So. 21-9 / 8-3

SENIOR NIGHT

UNI will honor four wrestlers graduating after the season's end. Fans are asked to wear purple.

Josh Alber - Dakota, Illinois
The communications major is married to Reid Alber and the son of Tony and Sherry Alber. The three-time NCAA qualifier earned the Panthers' Rookie Award his freshman year and notched 24 wins over top-25 opponents. Alber took third at the Big 12 Championships last year. He is on a 14-match win streak and is the 20th Panther in UNI history to win at least 100 matches. After graduation, Alber would like to coach and possibly work for his family's business in his hometown.

Darren Eades - Storm Lake, Iowa
He is the son of Stacia and Charles Eades and majoring in physical education: kinesiologyEades joined the team as a walk-on in the 2015 season. He put in hours of practice after the regular team had finished each day. His dedication earned him a spot on the Panther wrestling team, and he's worked to improve each teammate every day.

Drew Foster - Burlington, Iowa
The All-American is the son of Don and Karissa Foster. The two-time NCAA qualifier earned his first All-America honors as a sophomore, finishing seventh at 184 pounds. He is just one of two Panthers in program history to win a Big 12 title. He has 18 wins over top-25 opponents. Foster is majoring in elementary and midlevel education in hopes of becoming a principal or superintendent in the future.

Hunter Washburn - Alburnett, Iowa
Although just a junior in eligibility, he will be graduating from UNI this year with a degree in business economics and finance: personal wealth management. He is the son of Mindy and Jamie. He was a three-time state finalist as a prep, winning two titles. Despite injuries throughout his career, he was able to place at four open tournaments.