Parker Keckeisen Leads Panthers With 3rd-Place Finish at NCAAs

By Jerek Wolcott Assistant Athletic Director of Communications

Parker Keckeisen

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Parker Keckeisen's third-place finish at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships makes him UNI wrestling's highest-placing freshman since 1952.

He outperformed his No. 4 seed to become the first redshirt freshman to earn all-America honors for UNI since 2017. Keckeisen is UNI's 129th wrestler to earn Division I all-American honors.

Keckeisen made a run through the tournament with a decision over Iowa State's Sam Colbray and a major decision over David Key of Navy.

Keckeisen 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 Keckeisen the 4-2 decision. He was edged out by top-seeded Aaron Brooks of Penn State, 6-4.

In the medal rounds, Keckeisen turned up the offense and took down No. 7 seed Brit Wilson of Northern Illinois, in a 6-2 decision.

In the bronze medal match, Keckeisen faced No. 6 seed John Poznanski of Rutgers, a true freshman. He grabbed two takedowns and an escape to win with a 5-4 decision.

Keckeisen finishes his season with an 18-1 record.

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

Other Panther freshmen who placed (*true freshmen):
2017: Max Thomsen 5th, 149
2014: Dylan Peters, 6th, 125
1996: Tony Wieland, 8th, 190 *
1986: Mark Schwab, 5th, 118 *
1979: Joe Gormally, 4th, 177 *
1978: Kirk Myers, 6th, 190 *
1952: Jim Harmon, 2nd, 147 *
1952: Bill Weick, 1st, 157 *
1947: Bill Nelson, 1st, 165 *
1946: Russ Bush, 3rd, 136 *

The team was in 19th place headed into the final championships.
Place / team / points:
1 - Iowa 125
2 - Penn State 97.5
3 - Oklahoma State 95.5
4 - Arizona State 74
5 - Michigan 69
6 - NC State 68
7 - Missouri 64
8 - MInnesota 60
9 - Ohio State 46.5
10 - Northwestern 45
11 - Pittsburgh 40.5
12 - Nebraska 38
13 - Rutgers 37.5
14 - Virginia Tech 36.5
15 - Iowa State 33.5
16 - North Carolina 32
17 - Stanford 31.5
18 - Illinois 25
19 - UNI 24.5
20 - Rider 22