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