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UNI takes third at Virginia Duals

HAMPTON, Virginia -- No. 11 UNI wrestling finished third in the gold bracket of the Virginia Duals with a win over Oklahoma and a loss to No. 10 Arizona State today.

The Panthers opened with a 24-16 loss to Arizona State (6-2) and a 25-9 win over Oklahoma (5-6 / 1-3 Big 12). UNI is now 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12.

No. 11 Drew Foster got two major decisions at 184 pounds with wins over Kordell Norfleet of Arizona State and Matt Waddell of Oklahoma. He earned bonus points in three of his four matches at the tournament, with a fall yesterday.

At 149 pounds, Max Thomsen avenged two losses. He beat former NCAA champion and two-time All-American Jason Tsirtsis of Arizona State. Tsirtsis won a national championship in 2014 and took third in 2015. Tsirtsis (then ranked third in the nation) beat Thomsen 4-3 when Thomsen competed unattached at the Midlands as a true freshman in the 2016 season.

Thomsen later avenged a loss to Oklahoma's Davion Jeffries. Thomsen lost 7-2 at a dual last season in the McLeod Center.

No. 19 Jacob Holschlag notched his third fall of the season, pinning Cade Belhay of Arizona State in 4 minutes, 54 seconds. Holschlag sealed the dual win over Oklahoma for the team with a 4-0 decision over Andrew Dixon at 197 pounds.

No. 8 Josh Alber remained perfect on the weekend with four wins at 141 pounds. He is on a six-match win streak.

Heavyweight Carter Isley grabbed three takedowns against Oklahoma's Marquise Overton. It was the most he has earned in a dual as a Panther.

This was the first time UNI has competed in the Virginia Duals since the 2000 season.

NEXT UP: The Panthers head to South Dakota State Jan. 21 for a dual. The team returns home Feb. 10 to host Iowa State.

RESULTS (NWCA team rankings / Intermat individuals)

#10 Arizona State 24, #11 UNI 16
125: #17 Ryan Millhof (Arizona State) dec. #12 Jay Schwarm (UNI), 6-0
133: #19 Ali Naser (Arizona State) dec. Jack Wagner (UNI), 10-5
141: #8 Josh Alber (UNI) dec. Cory Crooks (Arizona State), 7-2
149: #7 Max Thomsen (UNI) dec. Jason Tsirtsis (Arizona State), 3-1
157: #7 Joshua Shields (Arizona State) dec. Logan Ryan (UNI), 8-1
165: #15 Anthony Valencia (Arizona State) tech. fall Dan Kelly (UNI), 20-4
174: #1 Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) maj. dec. #7 Taylor Lujan (UNI), 14-6
184: #11 Drew Foster (UNI) maj. dec. Kordell Norfleet (Arizona State), 9-1
197: #19 Jacob Holschlag (UNI) pinned Cade Belshay (Arizona State), 4:54
285: #4 Tanner Hall (Arizona State) pinned Carter Isley (UNI), 4:12

#11 UNI 25, Oklahoma 9
125: #19 Christian Moody (OU) dec. #12 Jay Schwarm (UNI), 8-4
133: Jacob Rubio (OU) dec. Jack Wagner (UNI), 8-7
141: #8 Josh Alber (UNI) dec. Mike Longo (Oklahoma), 16-10
149: #7 Max Thomsen (UNI) dec. Davion Jeffries (OU), 3-2
157: Logan Ryan (UNI) dec. Justin Thomas (OU), 3-1
165: Dawaylon Barnes (OU) dec. Isaiah Patton (UNI), 3-2
174: #7 Taylor Lujan (UNI) pinned Jeremy Thomas (OU), 3:53
184: #11 Drew Foster (UNI) maj. dec. Matt Waddell (OU), 14-4
197: #19 Jacob Holschlag (UNI) dec. Andrew Dixon (OU), 4-0
285: Carter Isley (UNI) dec. Marquise Overton (OU), 9-5

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