CEDAR FALLS, IOWA - The University of Northern Iowa defeated to Western Wrestling Conference opponents Sunday. The Panthers (7-5, 5-1 WWC) gave North Dakota State (5-7, 2-1 WWC) its first conference loss with a 22-18 victory, then topped South Dakota State (4-6, 0-3 WWC) by a score of 25-12.
UNI 22, NDSU 18
The Panthers overcame an 18-11 deficit, winning their last three matches to defeat the Bison 22-18.
No. 11 Joe Colon (133) set the pace early, as he continued his reign of dominance, scoring a technical fall over Justin Solberg. The win was Colon's third-straight tech. fall in dual competition.
Levi Wolfensperger (141) provided fans with the most exciting match of the afternoon as he wrestled NDSU's Tyler Diamond. Down 3-1 and facing an additional riding time point against him, Wolfensperger forced the match into sudden victory, as he completed two take downs in the third period's final 10 seconds. After a scramble in the sudden victory period, Wolfensperger ended up on top with a takedown and a 7-5 decision.
Two matches later, UNI's David Bonin (157) showcased the afternoon's most impressive victory, as he upset No. 11 Steven Monk. Bonin took an early 2-0 lead with a takedown in the first period, then hung on to his lead for the rest of the match, completing a 3-2 decision. The win was Bonin's first over a ranked opponent this season.
NDSU took an 18-11 lead after winning the 165 and 174-pound bouts with a pin and major decision, but the Panthers persevered, winning the dual's final three matches.
No. 6 Ryan Loder (184) commenced the comeback with a technical fall over the Bison's Mac Stoll, then Taylor Kettman (197) and Blayne Beale (285) both took care of their opponents with regular decisions.
125: #19 Trent Sprenkle (NDSU) TF Cruse Aarhus (UNI), 17-2 (6:15) (5-0 NDSU)
133: #11 Joe Colon (UNI) TF Justin Solberg (NDSU), 17-2 (5:27) (5-5 tie)
141: Levi Wolfensperger (UNI) dec. Tyler Diamond (NDSU), 7-5 SV (8-5 UNI)
149: Mark Erickson (NDSU) dec. Seth Noble (UNI), 3-2 (8-8 tie)
157: David Bonin (UNI) dec. #11 Steven Monk (NDSU), 3-2 (11-8 UNI)
165: Tyler Johnson (NDSU) FALL Riley Banach (UNI), 2:53 (14-11 NDSU)
174: Joe Garner (NDSU) maj. Onni Prestidge (UNI), 15-7 (18-11 NDSU)
184: #6 Ryan Loder (UNI) TF Mac Stoll (NDSU), 16-1 (6:21) (18-16 NDSU)
197: Taylor Kettman (UNI) dec. John Gusewelle (NDSU), 7-1 (19-18 UNI)
285: Blayne Beale (UNI) dec. Evan Knutson (NDSU), 7-3 (22-18 UNI)
UNI 25, SDSU 12
UNI found itself down again in its second dual of the afternoon, but the Panthers rallied, winning six of their final seven matches to secure a 25-12 victory over the Jackrabbits.
Joe Colon (133) had yet another win with bonus points, scoring a 12-0 major decision over Nick Chavez. Colon extended his win streak to 13 matches. In those 13 matches, the redshirt sophomore has compiled four falls, four technical falls, four major decisions, and just one regular decision.
Coming into the 149-pound bout, UNI was down 9-4. However, redshirt sophomore Seth Noble sparked the Panther comeback, winning a tight 4-3 decision over Andrew Youngblom, where a riding time point proved to be the difference.
Bonin had another quality win in his second match of the day, as he defeated SDSU's Nick Flynn with a 4-1 decision. The junior topped Flynn for the 157-pound title at the UNI Open earlier in the season and improved to 25-6 overall with another win.
Riley Banach (165) took his first win of the weekend against Dillon Reid with an exciting 13-7 decision.
To close out the afternoon, Loder, Kettman and Beale swept the last three matches once again.
Loder (184) compiled his second tech. fall of the day over Troy Morrisette. The redshirt sophomore is now 27-2 overall and 11-1 in dual action. He and Colon both lead the squad in tech. falls with six apiece.
Kettman (197) survived a close match with the Jackrabbits' Nick Mart. The redshirt sophomore won with a 6-4 decision and become one of four Panthers to end the weekend 3-0. The others include Colon, Bonin and Loder.
Beale finished the day with a 14-1 major decision over Joe Skow. Beale is now 23-9 overall and 8-4 in dual competition.
The Panthers will be back in action next weekend at the NWCA National Duals Regional in Ames.
125: Aaron Pickrel (SDSU) FALL Cruse Aarhus (UNI), 3:36 (6-0 SDSU)
133: #11 Joe Colon (UNI) maj. Nick Chavez (SDSU), 12-0 (6-4 SDSU)
141: Dustin Walraven (SDSU) dec. Levi Wolfensperger (UNI), 2-0 (9-4 SDSU)
149: Seth Noble (UNI) dec. Andrew Youngblom (SDSU), 4-3 (9-7 SDSU)
157: David Bonin (UNI) dec. Nick Flynn (SDSU), 4-1 (10-9 UNI)
165: Riley Banach (UNI) dec. Dillon Reid (SDSU), 13-7 (13-9 UNI)
174: Joe Rasmussen (SDSU) dec. Onni Prestidge (UNI), 10-5 (13-12 UNI)
184: #6 Ryan Loder (UNI) TF Troy Morrisette (SDSU), 17-2 (4:25) (18-12 UNI)
197: Taylor Kettman (UNI) dec. Nick Mart (SDSU), 6-4 (21-12 UNI)
285: Blayne Beale (UNI) maj. Joe Skow (SDSU), 14-1 (25-12)