Northern Iowa Cruises Past West Virginia 36-6

By Jerek Wolcott Assistant Athletic Director of Communications

Austin Yant

Austin Yant

Cedar Falls, Iowa – In their last dual at West Gym, seniors Isaiah Patton, Bryce Steiert, Jay Schwarm, Paden Moore, Taylor Lujan, and Max Thomsen celebrated their careers with a 36-6 victory over West Virginia. Schwarm, Thomsen, Steiert and Lujan all earned bonus-point wins to spur the Panther victory.

At 125, Schwarm started off the night with a fall 58 seconds into the first period against West Virginia's Joey Thomas. Schwarm now leads the NCAA in pins with 13 on the season and 12 against D1 opponents. Schwarm currently sits at fifth in the UNI record book with 47 career pins.

Jack Skudlarczyk dominated Lucas Seibert at 133 with a 14-3 major decision. Skudlarczyk recorded two takedowns and 2:39 of riding time in the win to give UNI a 10-0 lead.

West Gym got loud and rowdy after Michael Blockhus defeated Caleb Rea 11-10 in double overtime at 141. Blockhus carried the riding time point to send the bout to overtime. The two remained tied throughout the Sudden Victory period. In the first 30 of TB1, Blockhus escaped giving him the one-point lead. He rode his opponent through the second half of the period to pick up the 11-10 win to extend the lead to 13-0. T

At 149, Thomsen tallied seven takedowns en route to the 22-6 technical fall. Thomsen's record improved to 18-7 on the season and 101-33 in his career. The Panthers extend the lead 18-0.

West Virginia scored their first points of the night at 157 when Moore fell to Alex Hornfeck 3-7. The Panthers went into intermission with an 18-3 lead.

Austin Yant defeated Nick Kiussis at 165 with an 8-2 decision. Yant recorded two takedowns and over four minutes of riding time in the win to extend UNI's team lead to 21-3.

At 174, Steiert recorded his fastest pin of the season at 1:04 against Scott Joll. Steiert is only six wins away from breaking the 100-win mark. His record improves to 22-2 on the season and 94-29 overall. The Panther Train continued to steam through West Virginia 27-3.

With the third pin of the night at 5:48, Lujan defeated Jackson Moomau after recording eight takedowns. Lujan is currently tied for eighth place in the UNI record book for career pins with a total of 31. Lujan's record moves to 106-22 overall and 22-2 on the season.

At 197, Patton received a standing ovation after a hard-fought 6-1 loss to second-ranked Noah Adams. West Virginia cut the lead to 33-6 with one bout to wrestle.

Carter Isley closed the dual with a convincing win at 285. He notched two takedown and picked up a 6-2 decision over Sean Mullican. The Panthers ended the night 36-6 and improved to 6-1 in the Big 12, the best record in the league.

UP NEXT
The Panther Train travels to Ames Sunday to meet in-state foe Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum Sunday at 2 p.m.

RESULTS
125: Jay Schwarm (UNI) over Joey Thomas (WV) (Fall 0:58)
133: Jack Skudlarczyk (UNI) over Lucas Seibert (WV) (MD 14-3)
141: Michael Blockhus (UNI) over Caleb Rea (WV) (TB-1 11-10)
149: Max Thomsen (UNI) over Liam Lusher (WV) (TF 22-6 7:00)
157: Alex Hornfeck (WV) over Paden Moore (UNI) (Dec 7-3)
165: Austin Yant (UNI) over Nick Kiussis (WV) (Dec 8-2)
174: Bryce Steiert (UNI) over Scott Joll (WV) (Fall 1:04)
184: Taylor Lujan (UNI) over Jackson Moomau (WV) (Fall 5:48)
197: Noah Adams (WV) over Isaiah Patton (UNI) (Dec 6-1)
285: Carter Isley (UNI) over Sean Mullican (WV) (Dec 6-2)