Northern Iowa downs WVU for first win

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four sets of bonus points propelled UNI wrestling over West Virginia 27-19 to earn the first dual win of the season.

Much like Saturday's match against Pittsburgh, the heavyweight match decided the team win. No. 13 UNI improved to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big 12. West Virginia fell to 1-2 and 1-1 in the Big 12 after today's match.

UNI opened the dual at 125 pounds with a fall by Jay Schwarm. He improved to 2-0 on the season, winning both matches by fall. He led the team in pins last year and has notched 24 career falls. Five more will push him into a tie for No. 10 among all Panthers for career falls.

The Panthers traded falls with the Mountaineers to tie up the team scoring 6-6 after a fall in the 133-pound bout.

Josh Alber fell behind early but was able to pick up the pace and get the 6-3 decision over Lukas Martin to regain the team lead, pushing UNI up 9-6 over West Virginia.

Bonus point losses for UNI at 149 pounds and 157 pounds gave West Virginia the 16-9 lead.

Bryce Steiert set off a string of wins that led to UNI's victory. He was able to close the gap with a 9-6 decision over Nick Kiussis at 165 pounds.

UNI kept the momentum with huge bonus point wins at 174 pounds with Taylor Lujan and 184 pounds with Drew Foster.

Lujan earned his second set of bonus points on the weekend with a first-period fall over Josh Ramirez. Foster nearly had the fall, but had to settle for a first-period tech fall over Jackson Moomau.

West Virginia inched closer in team scoring with a decision at 197 pounds, but heavyweight Carter Isley came out firing. His team-leading three takedowns helped secure the 10-1 major decision over West Virginia's David Smith and the team win.

125: #20 Jay Schwarm (UNI) pins KJ Fenstermacher (WV) 2:48
133: Caleb Rea (WV) pins Jay Schipper (UNI) 6:43
141: #9 Josh Alber (UNI) dec. Lukas Martin (WV) 9-6
149: Christian Monserrat (WV) maj. dec. Derek Holschlag (UNI) 10-2
157: Zach Moore (WV) pins Patrick Schoenfelder (UNI) 2:23
165: #7 Bryce Steiert (UNI) dec. Nick Kiussis (WV) 9-6
174: #9 Taylor Lujan (UNI) pins Josh Ramirez (WV) 2:51
184: #11 Drew Foster (UNI) tech fall Jackson Moomau (WV) 19-0 2:57
197: Noah Adams (WV) dec. Izaak Shedenhelm (UNI) 12-5
285: Carter Isley (UNI) maj. dec. David Smith (WV) 10-1

UNI heads back to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite set for Nov. 30 to Dec. 1. Last year at the Invite, the Panthers had six medalists. Josh Alber led the team with his second-place finish at 141 pounds. Alber took fifth at the same invite at 133 pounds in the 2015-16 season.

Max Thomsen, Taylor Lujan and Jacob Holschlag placed fourth. Jay Schwarm was fifth, and Drew Foster finished seventh.

In the 2015-16 season, Bryce Steiert finished sixth.


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