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SDSU scores upset at UNI

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- South Dakota State took control of its wrestling dual Friday night against Northern Iowa by winning five of the first six matches and went on to defeat the 16th-ranked Panthers, 25-13, at West Gym.

In running their dual winning streak to four, the Jackrabbits improved to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12 Conference. UNI dropped to 1-3 overall and 1-1 against league opponents.

Danny Vega set the tone for SDSU in the opening bout of the night, scoring a 10-6 decision over Jacob Schwarm at 125 pounds. After Schwarm opened the scoring with a takedown, Vega countered with a reversal and four-point near-fall for a 6-2 lead. Vega put the match away in the third period with a pair of takedowns.

Redshirt freshman 133-pounder Zach Price gave SDSU a 6-0 lead with an 11-4 decision over Kyle Biscoglia before UNI got on the board as Michael Blockhus rallied in the third period for a 7-5 decision over Clay Carlson at 141 pounds. Carlson led 4-2 through two periods before Blockhus scored on an escape and two takedowns in the third and final stanza.

Two-time NCAA qualifier Henry Pohlmeyer swung the momentum back in the Jackrabbits' favor with a win over Max Thomsen in a battle between nationally ranked 149-pound wrestlers. The 17th-ranked Pohlmeyer began the scoring with a first-period takedown and led 4-0 early in the second period following a reversal. In the third period, Pohlmeyer recorded his second takedown of the match, picked up two points on a near-fall and added a point for riding time to post a 9-1 major decision.

It was Pohlmeyer's third win in a row over Thomsen, following a pair of one-point victories last season.

The Jackrabbits pushed their winning streak to three matches in a row as Colten Carlson tallied a 4-0 decision over Derek Holschlag at 157 pounds and newcomer Tanner Cook continued to impress at 165 pounds with a third-period pin of Austin Yant. Since being inserted into the lineup at the South Beach Duals two weeks ago, Cook is 4-0 with all four victories by fall. He leads the squad with nine pins on the season.

UNI stemmed the tide with wins by Bryce Steiert and Taylor Lujan at 174 and 184 pounds, respectively, to close the gap to 19-10. Lujan's victory was a 10-3 decision over Zach Carlson, who entered the matchup ranked 17th by InterMat.

Tanner Sloan slammed the door shut on a late UNI comeback by notching the Jackrabbits' second fall of the dual, pinning Noah Glaser in 1 minute and 42 seconds.

In the final bout of the night, heavyweight Carter Isley of UNI needed overtime to defeat the Jackrabbits' Blake Wolters, 3-1.

UP NEXT
The Jackrabbits close out the weekend by hosting Wyoming in dual action Sunday afternoon at Frost Arena. Action is slated for a 1 p.m. start.

NOTES
  • Northern Iowa leads the all-time dual series, 39-6-1, although SDSU has won two of the last three matchups
  • The Jackrabbits improved to 26-9 in duals against Big 12 opponents since joining the conference as an affiliate member at the start of the 2015-16 season
  • SDSU's last dual win over a ranked opponent was a 22-16 victory over an 11th-ranked Northern Iowa squad on Jan. 21, 2018, at Frost Arena
  • Pohlmeyer wrestled for the first time since a Dec. 20 dual against Minnesota
  • Vega has won five dual matches in a row, improving to 5-1 in duals and 13-5 overall
  • Cook improved to 10-1 overall, with all of his wins either by fall (9) or technical fall (1)
  • Sloan moved into a tie with Zach Carlson for the team lead in dual wins this season with six

    Results:
    125: Danny Vega (SDSU) dec. Jacob Schwarm (UNI), 10-6
    133: Zach Price (SDSU) dec. Kyle Biscoglia (UNI), 11-4
    141: Michael Blockhus (UNI) dec. Clay Carlson (SDSU), 7-5
    149: Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU) major dec. Max Thomsen (UNI), 9-1
    157: Colten Carlson (SDSU) dec. Derek Holschlag (UNI), 4-0
    165: Tanner Cook (SDSU) def. Austin Yant (UNI), by fall 6:11
    174: Bryce Steiert (UNI) major dec. Cade King (SDSU), 12-1
    184: Taylor Lujan (UNI) dec. Zach Carlson (SDSU), 10-3
    197: Tanner Sloan (SDSU) def. Noah Glaser (UNI), by fall 1:42
    285: Carter Isley (UNI) dec. Blake Wolters (SDSU), 3-1 [SV-1]
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