UNI knocks off Iowa State

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI wrestling's 22-13 win over Iowa State marked the third consecutive win for the Panthers over the Cyclones for the first time since 1952.

UNI improved to 7-5 overall, 7-1 in the Big 12 while ISU fell 10-3 overall, 6-2 in the Big 12.

UNI followed up on last year's win by the largest margin in program history to make a new mark this year. UNI had not won three consecutive duals since the Panthers won 11 matches from 1940-1952.

UNI jumped out to an early lead with a win at 125 pounds. Jay Schwarm upset Alex Mackall and racked up nearly four minutes of riding time to give UNI the 3-0 team lead.

Iowa State would earn bonus points at 133 pounds, but Josh Alber and Max Thomsen earned back-to-back wins at 141 pounds and 149 pounds.

Alber broke the tied match with a takedown in the final two seconds to get the 3-1 decision and stretch his win streak to 15 matches. He stayed perfect against Ian Parker with his third career win over the Cyclone.

Thomsen widened the team score with a 7-5 decision over his first top-15 opponent ranked at 149 pounds this year. Thomsen has a win over Alec Pantaleo of Michigan, who was ranked at 157 pounds at the time.

UNI would drop a decision at 157 pounds before the intermission before getting back-to-back bonus points from Bryce Steiert at 165 pounds and Taylor Lujan at 174 pounds.

Steiert notched his seventh tech fall of the season, and Lujan earned his ninth fall of the year.

Iowa State would grab the next two matches at 184 pounds and 197 pounds. However, Carter Isley secured the win at heavyweight with a takedown in sudden victory.

The first matchup between the UNI and Iowa State was in 1924, making it the longest current series UNI has with any team.

UNI honored four wrestlers graduating after the season's end.

Josh Alber - Dakota, Illinois
The communications major is married to Reid Alber and the son of Tony and Sherry Alber. The three-time NCAA qualifier earned the Panthers' Rookie Award his freshman year and notched 24 wins over top-25 opponents. Alber took third at the Big 12 Championships last year. He is on a 14-match win streak and is the 20th Panther in UNI history to win at least 100 matches. After graduation, Alber would like to coach and possibly work for his family's business in his hometown.

Darren Eades - Storm Lake, Iowa
He is the son of Stacia and Charles Eades and majoring in physical education: kinesiology. Eades joined the team as a walk-on in the 2015 season. He put in hours of practice after the regular team had finished each day. His dedication earned him a spot on the Panther wrestling team, and he's worked to improve each teammate every day.

Drew Foster - Burlington, Iowa
The All-American is the son of Don and Karissa Foster. The two-time NCAA qualifier earned his first All-America honors as a sophomore, finishing seventh at 184 pounds. He is just one of two Panthers in program history to win a Big 12 title. He has 18 wins over top-25 opponents. Foster is majoring in elementary and midlevel education in hopes of becoming a principal or superintendent in the future.

Hunter Washburn - Alburnett, Iowa
Although just a junior in eligibility, he will be graduating from UNI this year with a degree in business economics and finance: personal wealth management. He is the son of Mindy and Jamie. He was a three-time state finalist as a prep, winning two titles. Despite injuries throughout his career, he was able to place at four open tournaments.

125: Jay Schwarm (UNI) dec. Alex Mackall (ISU), 6-3 (3:44 RT)
133: Austin Gomez (ISU) tech fall Jack Skudlarczyk (UNI), 21-4 (5:02)
141: Josh Alber (UNI) dec. Ian Parker (ISU), 3-1
149: Max Thomsen (UNI) dec. Jarrett Degen (ISU), 7-5
157: Chase Straw (ISU) dec. Paden Moore (UNI), 9-4
165: Bryce Steiert (UNI) tech fall Logan Schumacher (ISU), 16-1 (5:36 RT)
174: Taylor Lujan (UNI) pinned Marcus Coleman (ISU), 6:41
184: Sam Colbray (ISU) dec. Drew Foster (UNI), 8-5
197: Willie Miklus (ISU) dec. Tyrell Gordon (UNI), 5-0
285: Carter Isley (UNI) dec. Gannon Gremmel (ISU), 2-0
-1 team point deducted from each team for bench violation


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