UNI tops NDSU to get second win of weekend on road

Fargo, N.D. -- Blayne Beale got a takedown late in the third to secure a 21-15 victory for No. 20 University of Northern Iowa over No. 25 North Dakota State.

"We had our opportunities, but our guys had pretty good energy," said head coach Doug Schwab. "It was a great weekend for us."

For the fourth time this season, the Panthers' fate was in the hands of heavyweight Beale.

The team scores headed into the heavyweight match were 18-15 in favor of UNI, and NDSU (7-8) had just earned a major decision in the 197-pound match. Beale's takedown with 31 seconds left in the match put him up 3-1 and secured a team victory. He earned an extra point for riding time to win 4-1.

"He did a great job of riding him," said Schwab. "It was good for him to end on a solid note. He has been a great guy to go to when the score is tight at the end of the dual."

North Dakota State struck early getting a major decision from No. 10 Trent Sprenkle in the 125-pound match, but No. 9 Levi Wolfensperger got the momentum back in UNI's favor at 133 pounds with an 8-2 decision win over Josh Rodriguez.

"He wrestled the same guy at Midlands, and won in overtime, but this time he opened it up and widened the gap on him," said Schwab.

Joey Lazor was the first to score bonus points for UNI. He blanked his opponent and recorded 5 minutes, 23 seconds in riding time to win 10-0.

It was a battle at 149 pounds with UNI's Clay Welter and Joe Garner trading the majority of the points in the third period. Welter, who wrestled his second dual this season for the Panthers, lead the match 3-0 starting the third, but Garner got a reversal and two takedowns to keep the score tight. Welter prevailed, winning 9-6.

"Clay came out strong, and he needs to keep attacking," said Schwab. "A guy can feel when you back off. He let the guy back in, but it was a fun way to win. He got two great wins this weekend. He stepped in at the last-minute to help the team this weekend."

David Bonin was just shy of a technical fall. Bonin scored two three-point near falls at the end of the first and second periods and walked away with the 14-1 major decision.

UNI's top-ranked wrestler, No. 6 Ryan Loder, continues to be undefeated in dual competition after getting a major decision against Mac Stoll, a returning NCAA qualifier. Loder controlled the entire 184-pound match, winning 10-0.

"He has wrestled him a couple of times," said Schwab. "He worked hard to get a couple of turns. Stoll did everything he could to try not to give up points. That was a great time for him to come out and give us the bonus points when we needed it."

NDSU is the third ranked opponent that UNI (8-3) has beaten this season. The Panthers took down then-ranked No. 13 Oklahoma and No. 21 Northwestern. The win against NDSU wraps up a victorious weekend for the team, which beat South Dakota State 41-3 on Friday.

"It was good to get two wins. These trips can be difficult, but we need to put multiple competitions together and come out with the win," said Schwab. "I thought we responded well."

UNI will head to Ames to face Iowa State Feb. 8.

125-No. 10 Trent Sprenkle (NDSU) maj. dec. Ryan Jauch (UNI), 11-2
133-No. 9 Levi Wolfensperger (UNI) dec. Josh Rodriguez (NDSU), 8-2
141-No. 13 Joey Lazor (UNI) maj. dec. Mark Erickson (NDSU), 10-0
149-Clay Welter (UNI) dec. Joe Garner (NDSU), 9-6
157-David Bonin (UNI) maj. dec. Tanner Carlisle (NDSU), 14-1
165-No. 6 Steven Monk (NDSU) maj. dec. Jarrett Jensen (UNI), 14-1
174-Kurtis Julson (NDSU) dec. Cody Caldwell (UNI), 3-2
184-No. 6 Ryan Loder (UNI) maj. dec. Mac Stoll (NDSU), 10-0
197-Kallen Kleinschmidt (NDSU) maj. dec. Taylor Kettman (UNI) 12-3
285-Blayne Beale (UNI) dec. Evan Knutson (NDSU), 4-1


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