UNI tops Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. -- No. 15 UNI wrestling took over the top spot in the Big 12 standings with a 25-13 win over the University of Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 1. Six Panthers earned bout wins and Jay Schwarm and Carter Isley recorded falls in the win.

At 125, Schwarm set the tone with a pin at the 1:16 mark to give UNI the 6-0 lead. The fall is his 12th pin of the season and the 11th over a DI opponent. He is now tied with Central Michigan's Matt Stencel and Cornell's Ben Darmstadt for the top spot in the NCAA.

OU tied up the score with UNI with a decision over Jack Skudlarczyk at 133 and a hard-fought battle of top-20 ranked wrestlers at 141. Fifteenth-ranked Michael Blockhus fell in sudden Victory to fifth-ranked Dom Demas.

At 149, Max Thomsen defeated Jacob Butler 6-1. Thomsen recorded two takedowns and an escape to put UNI up 9-6.

Paden Moore fell to No. 20 Justin Thomas, 10-2. The win gave Oklahoma the 10-9 lead.

After intermission, Austin Yant picked up a 10-0 major decision of Elijah Joseph 10-0 with multiple takedowns, stalling points and significant riding time. The win gave UNI a 13-10 lead with four bouts to go.

At 174, the much-anticipated battle between fifth-ranked Bryce Steiert and No. 10 Anthony Mananona ended in Steiert's favor. Steiert recorded two takedowns, stalling points and an escape to beat Mananona 6-2, extending UNI's lead 16-10.

At 184, Taylor Lujan dominated Darrien Roberts with multiple takedowns and significant riding time. The 9-3 win, extending UNI's lead to 19-10.

Isaiah Patton wrestled at 197 against 19th-ranked Jake Woodley at 197. Patton put up a great effort but unfortunately fell to Woodley 5-2. Oklahoma cut the lead to 19-13 with just the heavyweight bout to go.

Isley closed out the dual with the Panther's second pin of the night. The win closed out the 12-point win for UNI

UNI improves to 6-3 on the season and takes the lead in the Big 12 with a 5-1 record.

The Panthers return home to West Gym to face on Friday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. against West Virginia.

125: Jacob Schwarm (UNI) over Christian Moody (OKLA) (Fall 1:16)
133: Anthony Madrigal (OKLA) over Jack Skudlarczyk (UNI) (Dec 7-1)
141: Dom Demas (OKLA) over Michael Blockhus (UNI) (TB-1 9-3)
149: Max Thomsen (UNI) over Jacob Butler (OKLA) (Dec 5-1)
157: Justin Thomas (OKLA) over Paden Moore (UNI) (MD 10-2)
165: Austin Yant (UNI) over Elijah Joseph (OKLA) (MD 10-0)
174: Bryce Steiert (UNI) over Anthony Mantanona (OKLA) (Dec 7-2)
184: Taylor Lujan (UNI) over Darrien Roberts (OKLA) (Dec 9-3)
197: Jake Woodley (OKLA) over Isaiah Patton (UNI) (Dec 5-2)
285: Carter Isley (UNI) over Collin McCoy (OKLA) (Fall 5:41)


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