EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- The University of Northern Iowa wrestling team took down its second top 25 team this week by beating No. 21 Northwestern, 21-13, and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, 48-0.
The Panthers faced SIUE at noon and followed up with the Northwestern dual. UNI won 14 matches before losing its first bout Sunday.
"That's always big. It got the ball rolling to get a huge win against Northwestern," said head coach Doug Schwab. "It was a good win for us. We had the momentum."
UNI has outscored opponents 260-86 in duals. The Panthers were just coming off Friday's 18-15 win against the Sooners of No. 13 Oklahoma.
"We saw a different attitude. I was happy the way they responded," Schwab said. "Sometimes it can be really tough to come back. We talked about consistency if they want to be All-Americans.
Schwab said he didn't see any fatigue in his wrestlers Sunday.
"We are glad to see how they are developing, especially confidence-wise. Every match counts. Friday was big, but today was just as huge."
Senior Ryan Jauch got the Panthers' momentum started right away by getting his fastest pin of the year. He stuck Tyler Gilleland of SIUE in 20 seconds. Jarrett Jensen also got his fastest pin of the year (24 seconds) when he beat Logan Taylor of SIUE.
Five Panthers recorded pins against SIUE:
125 - Ryan Jauch, 0:20
133 - Levi Wolfensperger, 5:25
165 - Jarrett Jensen, 0:24
174 - Cody Caldwell, 5:19
184 - Ryan Loder, 5:37
Also scoring bonus points for the Panthers against SIUE:
141 - Joey Lazor, technical fall, 17-0 (6:49)
157 - David Bonin, major decision, 10-0
UNI continued to get bonus points in the Northwestern dual. At 141 pounds, Levi Wolfensperger got a major decision (12-1) over Garrison White, and Ryan Loder beat Marcus Shrewsbury 19-3 to earn a technical fall. This was the second time Wolfensperger beat White. The two faced each other at the Midlands Championships as well.
"I like how Loder attacked," said Schwab. "Overall, it was a good team performance."
Blaize Cabell just recently entered the Panther lineup for duals. After getting a win Friday, he split his matches today, losing to No. 16 Alex Polizzi.
"Blaize was able to put one guy away and had a great match early in the day. He lost to a ranked guy, and that's what we talk about. It just shows we need to be consistent," said Schwab. "We want to knock off some of those ranked guys, but he had a good weekend."
The Panthers continue to use two wrestlers in their heavyweight position, using returning NCAA national qualifier and senior Blayne Beale and redshirt freshman Cody Krumwiede.
"We are still up in the air and looking for something to separate themselves from each other," said Schwab."
The Panthers will close out their home dual season at 2 p.m. Sunday in the West Gym against No. 7 Missouri.
"Sunday will be tough. We need to come out fighting and ready to win," said Schwab. "I like where we are headed though, and we have a lot to build on. We're excited to see the competition."
Northern Iowa 48, Southern Illinois Edwardsville 0
125-Ryan Jauch (UNI) pinned Tyler Gilleland (SIUE), 0:20
133-Levi Wolfensperger (UNI) pinned Patrick Myers (SIUE), 5:25
141-Joey Lazor (UNI) tech. fall Brandon Brindley (SIUE), 6:49 17-0
149-Bart Reiter (UNI) dec. Dillon Pousson (SIUE), 8-2
157-David Bonin (UNI) maj. dec. Kyle Lowman (SIUE), 10-0
165-Jarrett Jensen (UNI) pinned Logan Taylor (SIUE), 0:24
174-Cody Caldwell (UNI) pinned Jake Residori (SIUE), 5:19
184 Ryan Loder (UNI), pinned Derek Nagel (SIUE), 5:37
197 Blaize Cabell (UNI) dec. Josh Wood (SIUE), 5-2
285-Blayne Beale (UNI) dec. David Devine (SIUE), 10-3
Northern Iowa 21, Northwestern 13 (InterMat rankings)
125-Ryan Jauch (UNI) dec. #16 Dominick Malone (NU), 2-0
133-#12 Levi Wolfensberger (UNI) maj. dec. Garrison White (NU), 12-1
141-#15 Joey Lazor (UNI) dec. Pat Greco (NU), 3-2
149-Bart Reiter (UNI) dec. Dylan Marriott (NU), 8-2
157-#2 Jason Welch (NU) dec David Bonin (UNI) by decision, 8-3
165-#16 Pierce Harger (NU) maj. dec. Jarrett Jensen (UNI), 8-0
174-#9 Lee Munster (NU) dec. Cody Caldwell (UNI), 7-1
184-#6 Ryan Loder (UNI) tech. fall Marcus Shrewsbury, 19-3 (5:30)
197-#16 Alex Polizzi (NU) dec. Blaize Cabell (UNI), 7-2
285-Cody Krumwiede (UNI) dec. Jacob Berkowitz (NU), 7-2