BROOKINGS, S.D. -- Two University of Northern Iowa wrestlers earned bonus points in their debut matches to help the No. 20 Panthers beat South Dakota State, 41-3.
The Jackrabbits were able to take the first match at 125 pounds, but the Panthers dominated the dual from there, recording three pins, one tech fall and three major decisions.
Clay Welter and Taylor Kettman stepped into the dual lineup for the Panthers for the first time this year. Welter, at 149 pounds, got the fastest pin of the night, sticking Tyler Johnson in 1 minute, 1 second.
Kettman got a major decision over Joe Skow, winning 10-1, in the 197-pound weight class.
Ryan Loder, 184 pounds, remains undefeated in dual competition with his technical fall win over Shea Nolan, 17-1.
The Panthers are facing a second former Western Wrestling Conference foe this weekend. The team travels to North Dakota State Sunday.
SDSU and NDSU remain in the Western Wrestling Conference, but UNI has moved to the Mid-American Conference for the conference meet this year and begin wrestling a full MAC schedule starting next year.
Last year, UNI took a distant second to NDSU's third in the WWC meet, while SDSU finished last in the conference.
This makes the 36th time that UNI has beaten South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits have only defeated the Panthers three times.
125 - Aaron Pickrel decision Ryan Jauch (UNI), 3-2 (SDSU 3-0)
133 - No. 9 Levi Wolfensperger (UNI) pin Brance Simms, 2:18 (UNI 6-3)
141 - No. 15 Joey Lazor (UNI) pin Ben Gillette, 4:26 (UNI 12-3)
149 - Clay Welter (UNI) pin Tyler Johnson, 1:01 (UNI 18-3)
157 - No. 18 David Bonin (UNI) major decision Cody Pack, 15-2 (UNI 22-3)
165 - Jarrett Jensen (UNI) decision Joe Brewster, 3-2 (UNI 25-3)
174 - No. 21 Cody Caldwell (UNI) decision John Nething II, 9-2 (UNI 28-3)
184 - No. 6 Ryan Loder (UNI) tech fall Shea Nolan, 17-1 (6:25) (UNI 33-3)
197 - Taylor Kettman (UNI) major decision Joe Skow, 10-1 (UNI 37-3)
285 - Blayne Beale (UNI) major decision J.J. Everard, 15-2 (UNI 41-3)