Kent State claims first program win at Northern Iowa

No. 19 Kent State (13-3, 6-1 MAC) erased a 10-0 deficit in a 22-13 win over Northern Iowa Saturday Night at West Gymnasium. The Golden Flashes extended their winning streak to seven by capturing seven straight bouts in the first program win against the Panthers.

"I couldn't be more proud of our guys," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said. "They are doing all the right things to prepare themselves, and it's paying off. We keep finding ways to win."

An injury to Mack McGuire (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) Friday night forced the Flashes to forfeit 133.

With his team trailing 10-0 after two bouts, Anthony Tutolo gave Kent State a boost with an 8-7 comeback victory over Tyler Willers. Tutolo trailed 4-0 to start the match, but evened things up at 5-5 at the end of the second. Willers escaped to take a brief lead (6-5), but Tutolo converted his second takedown of the match and secured riding time.

"Anthony has had some struggles in the first period, but we knew if he could weather the storm, he could give himself a chance to win it in the third," Andrassy said. "Their guy used up a lot of his juice in the first and Anthony just chipped away."

Mike DePalma (Jeannette, Pa.) racked up 3:32 of riding time on his way to an 8-0 major decision over Adam Perrin. DePalma scored takedowns in all three periods.

Ian Miller (Oak Harbor, Ohio) tied the dual up 10-10 with a 9-4 decision over Bryce Steiert. Miller picked up four takedowns along with a riding time point.

Tyler Buckwalter (Mill Hall, Pa.) gave the Flashes their first lead with a 7-2 decision over Taylor Berger. It was the second of three Kent State wins, despite trailing after the first period.

"Northern Iowa comes out and hand fights hard and disrupts our guys," Andrassy said. "But when we have the better wrestler and stick to our technique, it pays off. Tyler was a good example of that. He had a bad first period and outwrestled him the rest of the way."

Jairod James (Bedford, Ohio) improved to 2-0 in dual meets this season with a 5-2 decision over Kyle Lux. James secured takedowns in the first and third periods for the Flashes fifth consecutive win of the night.

Senior Cole Baxter (Butler, Pa.) came through with a pair of clutch takedowns in a 7-5 sudden victory win over Drew Foster. Baxter scored a takedown in the final 10 seconds of the third to force overtime and tallied another takedown 30 seconds into sudden victory.

"Cole outscrambled his guy at the edge to tie it up," Andrassy said. "And he just kept attacking in overtime."

Redshirt freshman Kyle Conel (Ashtabula, Ohio) made it seven straight for the Flashes and 13 straight from himself with a 6-4 decision over Cody Krumwiede. Conel went to work in the first with a pair of takedowns and sealed his win with a reversal in the third.

Andrassy also commended the effort of redshirt freshman Stephen Suglio (Richfield, Ohio), who held a third period lead against No. 16 Blaize Cabell. A reviewed call in the third went in Cabell's favor on the way to a 9-6 decision.

The Flashes return to action Sunday, Feb. 14, hosting Central Michigan and Edinboro in a tri-meet.

125: Dylan Peters (UNI) over Del Vinas (KSU), maj. dec. 15-6
133: Josh Alber (UNI) won by forfeit
141: Anthony Tutolo (KSU) over Tyler Willers (UNI), dec. 8-7
149: Mike DePalma (KSU) over Adam Perrin (UNI) maj. dec. 8-0
157: Ian Miller (KSU) over Bryce Steiert (UNI), dec. 9-4
165: Tyler Buckwalter (KSU) over Taylor Berger (UNI), dec. 7-2
174: Jairod James (KSU) over Kyle Lux (UNI), dec. 5-2
184: Cole Baxter (KSU) over Drew Foster (UNI), dec. 7-5 (SV)
197: Kyle Conel (KSU) over Cody Krumwiede (UNI), dec. 6-4
285: Blaize Cabell (UNI) over Stephen Suglio (KSU), dec. 9-6


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