Keckeisen Secures All-American Spot at NCAA Championships

By Jerek Wolcott Assistant Athletic Director of Communications

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Parker Keckeisen has secured UNI wrestling's first redshirt all-American since 2017 with a place in today's semifinals at 184 pounds.

Keckeisen, seeded No. 4, took No. 5 Hunter Bolen of Virginia Tech into a second sudden victory after each scored a point in the first tiebreakers. A takedown gave him the 4-2 victory. He faced top-seeded Aaron Brooks of Penn State and was edged out in a 6-4 decision.

Keckeisen is guaranteed at least a sixth-place finish. He will open tomorrow with No. 7 seed Brit Wilson of Northern Illinois.

At 125 pounds, No. 5 seed Brody Teske was bumped into the consolations after a loss in sudden victory. Teske scored a reversal in the second period, but No. 4 Drew Hildebrandt of Central Michigan tied it up with a takedown late in the third to send the match to sudden victory. Hildebrandt grabbed another takedown to advance, winning 4-2.

Teske was eliminated from the tournament by No. 15 seed Patrick McKee of Minnesota in a 9-2 decision.

Max Thomsen took fifth at 149 pounds in St. Louis as a redshirt freshman in 2017. Keckeisen continues the medalist streak for the Panthers. UNI has had at least one all-American since 2016 and held the top spot at 184 pounds in 2020 and 2019:
2020: Taylor Lujan (top seed) 184 pounds, Bryce Steiert (fifth seed) 174 pounds
2019: Drew Foster 1st, 184 pounds / Bryce Steiert 8th, 165 pounds
2018: Jacob Holschlag 5th, 197 pounds
2017: Max Thomsen 5th, 149 pounds / Drew Foster 7th, 184 pounds
2016: Dylan Peters 6th, 125 pounds

EARLY MATCHES
Triston Lara, who was seeded 23rd, ended his run at the championships after knocking off a top-10 seed yesterday. No. 8 Jaden Abas of Stanford took the match in a 4-1 decision.

No. 33 Austin Yant forced No. 18 Izzak Olejnik of Northern Illinois into sudden victory but ended his tournament run with an 8-6 loss.

Heavyweight Carter Isley, seeded 15th, opened the day with a 7-5 decision over No. 16 Luke Luffman of Illinois. However, a major decision loss to Stanford's Nathan Traxler stopped Isley's run.

The team was in 21st place at time of press near the end of the Friday session:
Place / team / points:
1 - Iowa - 105.5
2 - Penn State - 94.5
3 - Oklahoma State - 72.5
4 - Arizona State - 63.5
5 - NC State - 56.5
6 - Missouri - 48
7 - Minnesota - 47.5
8 - Ohio State - 45.5
9 - Michigan - 44
10 - Pittsburgh - 23.5
21 - UNI - 20
MATCH RESULTS:
184 | #4 Parker Keckeisen (3-0)Day 1:
W - #29 Sam Colbray (Iowa State), decision 2-1
W - #20 David Key (Navy), major decision 16-5
Day 2:
W - #5 Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech), decision 4-2 SV2
L - #1 Aaron Brooks (Penn State), decision 6-4
NEXT: #7 Brit Wilson (Northern Illinois)

EARLIER RESULTS
125 | #5 Brody Teske (2-2)
Day 1:
W - #28 Brandon Kaylor (Oregon State), fall 2:40
W - #12 Michael DeAustino (Northwestern), decision 2-0
Day 2:
L - #4 Drew Hildebrandt (Central Michigan), decision 4-2 SV
L - #15 Patrick McKee (Minnesota), 9-2

149 | #23 Triston Lara (1-2)
Day 1:
W - #10 Mike Van Brill (Rutgers), decision 12-7
L - #7 Jonathan Millner (Appalachian State), decision 9-8
Day 2:
L - #8 Jaden Abas (Stanford), decision 4-1

165 | #33 Austin Yant (1-2)
Day 1:
W - #32 Ricky Stamm (Hofstra), decision 5-2
L - #1 Alex Marinelli (Iowa), major decision 19-6
W - #16 William Formato (Appalachian State), major decision 11-2
Day 2:
L - #18 Izzak Olejnik (Northern Illinois), decision 8-6 SV

174 | #29 Lance Runyon - medically forfeited

HWT | #15 Carter Isley (2-2)
Day 1:
W - #18 Hunter Catka (Virginia Tech), decision 3-1
L - #2 Mason Parris (Michigan), tech fall 17-1 (5:27)
Day 2:
W - #16 Luke Luffman (Illinois), decision 7-5
L - #25 Nathan Traxler (Stanford), major decision 10-0