UNI wrestling routs SDSU 41-3
Published: Monday, February 4, 2013
Updated: Monday, February 4, 2013 15:02
The University of Northern Iowa wrestling team got back on track Friday when they beat down former Western Wrestling Conference foe South Dakota State University 41-3.
The Jackrabbits took the first match at 125 pounds when Aaron Pickrel defeated Ryan Jauch 3-2. However, the Panthers dominated the rest of the meet, winning every match from there on out. The Panthers recorded three pins, three major decisions and one technical fall en route to an easy victory. UNI’s Levi Wolfensperger, wrestling at 133 pounds, started things off for the Panthers, winning by fall over Brance Simms. At 141 pounds, Joey Lazor kept it going, winning by fall over Ben Gillette in 4:26 by a score of 19-6.
Clay Welter made his dual lineup season debut for the Panthers at 149 pounds. He recorded the fastest pin of the night, pinning Tyler Johnson in 1:01. Also making his season debut was Taylor Kettman at 197 pounds, beating Joe Skow in a major decision, 10-1.
Competing at 157 pounds was UNI’s David Bonin, who recorded nearly three minutes of riding time and won in a major decision over Cody Pack 15-2. One of the closest matches of the night was at 165 pounds with UNI’s Jarrett Jensen beating Joe Brewster 3-2. Brewster recorded an escape point with 30 seconds left in an attempt to make a comeback, but it was too little, too late.
UNI’s Cody Caldwell, competing at 174 pounds, recorded over three minutes of riding time on his way to a 9-3 decision over John Nething. Ryan Loder extended his undefeated season in dual competition with relative ease, recording a technical fall over Shea Nolan, 16-1 at 184 pounds. In the heavyweight division, Blayne Beale dominated J.J. Everard, recording nearly four minutes of riding time on his way to a 15-2 victory.
The dual meet win over the Jackrabbits improved the Panthers’ all-time record against SDSU to 36-3. UNI faced another former Western Wrestling Conference foe, North Dakota State on Sunday. For a full recap of the meet against the Bison, check out Friday’s issue of the Northern Iowan.