No. 14 UNI downs Jackrabbits
South Dakota State’s Henry Pohlmeyer picked up an upset win at 149 pounds, but Northern Iowa’s four other ranked wrestlers in the lineup all earned victories to propel the 14th-ranked Panthers to a 30-10 dual victory before a crowd of 1,327 Friday night at Frost Arena.
UNI evened its dual record at 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12 Conference. The Jackrabbits dropped to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in league duals. All four of SDSU’s dual losses have been to nationally ranked squads.
The Panthers controlled the early portion of the match, racing out to a 14-0 lead through three matches. Jay Schwarm opened with a pin at 125 pounds, followed by a 9-4 decision by the Panthers’ Jack Skudlarczyk over SDSU reserve Rylee Molitor in the 133-pound weight class.
At 141 pounds, 10th-ranked Josh Alber posted a 22-7 technical fall win over the Jackrabbits’ Aric Williams.
The night’s marquee matchup came at 149 pounds, where Pohlmeyer battled against ninth-ranked Max Thomsen. The 20th-ranked Pohlmeyer scored on an escape early in the second period and overcame a penalty point for locking hands midway through the third period to ride out the remainder of the final stanza on top to pick up the decisive point in a 2-1 victory by way of a minute-plus advantage in riding time.
Sophomore Colten Carlson made it two wins in a row for SDSU, pulling the Jackrabbits to within 14-7 with an action-packed bonus-point victory in the 157-pound matchup. Carlson gave up three first-period takedowns, but countered with three of his own for a 9-8 lead. The Willmar, Minnesota, native controlled the final two periods, pulling away for a 26-12 major decision.
UNI quickly seized the momentum back in its favor through the strength of its lineup. Starting with 12th-ranked Bryce Steiert at 165 pounds, three ranked Panther wrestlers tallied 13 points over the next three matches. Steiert and eighth-ranked 174-pounder Taylor Lujan each won by technical fall, while fifth-ranked Drew Foster edged the Jackrabbits’ Zach Carlson, 3-1, at 184 pounds.
Martin Mueller earned the final victory of the night for SDSU, recording a takedown midway through overtime for a 3-1 sudden victory over Tyrell Gordon in the 197-pound matchup.
Izaak Shedenhelm capped the UNI victory with another 3-1 decision over Blake Wolters in the heavyweight bout.
The Jackrabbits close their weekend homestand by hosting 18th-ranked Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. Sunday.
#14 Northern Iowa 30, South Dakota State 10
125: Jay Schwarm (UNI) def. Gregory Coapstick (SDSU), by fall 1:45
133: Jack Skudlarczyk (UNI) dec. Rylee Molitor (SDSU), 9-4
141: #10 Josh Alber (UNI) tech. fall Aric Williams (SDSU), 22-7 (7:00)
149: #20 Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU) dec. #9 Max Thomsen (UNI), 2-1
157: Colten Carlson (SDSU) major dec. Patrick Schoenfelder (UNI), 26-12
165: #12 Bryce Steiert (UNI) tech. fall Logan Peterson (SDSU), 18-2 (2:59)
174: #8 Taylor Lujan (UNI) tech. fall Brett Bye (SDSU), 19-2 (4:57)
184: #5 Drew Foster (UNI) dec. Zach Carlson (SDSU), 3-1
197: Martin Mueller (SDSU) dec. Tyrell Gordon (UNI), 3-1 [SV-1]
285: Izaak Shedenhelm (UNI) dec. Blake Wolters (SDSU), 3-1