Northern Iowa wrestling split wins with Iowa State, but it was a 21-8 major decision that was the deciding factor in tonight’s meet. UNI’s Brody Teske opened with a 6-3 win over Kyson Terukina. Kyle Biscoglia kept the Panther train rolling in the early part of the meet when he beat ISU’s Ramazan Attasauov 8-2, in a match in which he amassed well over 3:00 minutes giving UNI a 6-0 lead after two weights. It was ISU’s Ian Parker that came back from a 5-2 deficit when he caught Cael Happel for a takedown and took him to his back to pick up 3 back points. He added a point late, plus riding time to earn a 10-5 win over UNI’s Happel. At 149 ISU sent Jarrett Degen to the mat to face UNI’s Colin Realbuto. Degen tacked on to an early lead to win 6-2 to make the team score 6-6. At 157 pounds ISU’s #1 ranked David Carr faced Derek Holschlag. Carr took an early lead and eventually held a 10-3 lead with 3:00 minutes of riding time. Holschlag was able to roll out of Carr’s grip to prevent a bonus point win for Carr. At the intermission it was Iowa State leading Northern Iowa 9-6.
After the break it was former Waverly-Shell Rock wrestler Austin Yant on the mat for a date with Isaac Judge. Yant scored in the middle of the second period with a takedown and tilted Judge to pick up back points before the whistle. Yant finished off the win 5-0 to tie the meet back up at 9-9. Cyclone 171 pounder Joel Devine rode UNI’s Lance Runyon for the entire second period, only to have Runyon return the favor, plus pick up a point on a Devine stall for the win in a swing match. In a battle of top ten wrestlers it was UNI’s Parker Keckeisen, ranked 4th in the nation, with the first points of match when he scored a second period escape and takedown on seventh ranked Marcus Coleman. Keckeisen would put Coleman to his back in the third period before scoring a 7-2 win over Coleman. That win would make it 15-9 UNI with two matches remaining. At 197 UNI’s John Gunderson nearly scored a wild takedown and tilt, but action was stopped due to a dangerous position. UNI coach Doug Schwab challenged the call, but no points were awarded. Yonger Bastida, the ISU 197 pounder opened the scoring with a takedown late in the first period. Gunderson scored and escape, but Bastida tallied another takedown before the end of the first. Gunderson was able to escape in the second to make the score 4-2 in favor of Bastida. Bastida tacked on another six in the second to make it 10-4 as he was sniffing a major decision. He finished off the match with a 21-8 win. This sent the meet to the heavyweights, and UNI sent Albia’s Carter Isley to the mat to face 21st ranked Sam Schuyler. After a scramble in the middle of the first period where both wrestlers had a chance for a takedown the period ended in a 0-0 tie. Isley started the second period down. Isley scored an escape ten seconds into the period. After a lot of hand fighting and positioning the period ended with Isley leading 1-0. Schuyler took down to start the third and escaped immediately to tie the score at 1-1. Schuyler scored a takedown with 12 seconds remaining in the third period to score the win, and secure the victory for Iowa State, who now carries a 12 match win streak.