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UNI Wrestling Hits Road for Two Weekend Duals
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Friday 01/17/2013

UNI at SIU-Edwardsville and UNI vs. Northwestern (at SIUE)
Site: Edwardsville, Ill.
Venue: Sam M. Vadalabene Center
Date: Jan. 20, 2013
Time: noon and 2 p.m.

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - The University of Northern Iowa wrestling team will face a top 25 team in one of its two duals Sunday.

The Panthers will compete at noon against Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville before taking on Northwestern at 2 p.m.

The USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll ranks Northwestern 21st, and the team is ranked 15th by Intermat.


The Panthers are undefeated at home this season with wins over Ellsworth and Iowa Western community colleges. UNI will host No. 13 Oklahoma Friday night. The team has outscored opponents 173-58 in duals.

UNI was a point shy of scoring an all-time high with its 56-0 win over Iowa Western.

The team is ranked third in the Mid-American Conference and 27th in the nation by Intermat. With two medalists at the Midlands Championships, the team placed 13th. Ryan Loder took fourth at 184 pounds, and Joey Lazor was seventh in the 141-pound weight class.

  • 125 - Ryan Jauch (2-3/2-1) senior, Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake: After wrestling in the 133-pound weight class for the last couple of years, Jauch has moved down to 125 for his senior year. His fastest pin this year was in 1:31.
  • 133 - Levi Wolfensperger (16-4/5-0) sophomore, Denver, Iowa/Denver: Wolfensperger is ranked 9th by Amateur Wrestling News. He is a returning NCAA national qualifier for the Panthers and placed fourth at the Cliff Keen Invite. He is ranked third in the Mid-American Conference and 12th by Intermat.
  • 141 - Joey Lazor (21-6/4-1) junior, McDonough, Ga./Union Grove:
    Coach Schwab has singled out Lazor as being an example for the team. "He is wrestling really well right now," said Schwab. "He is being aggressive and taking what he wants. We want to see that in the rest of the team." Injury kept Lazor out of the Panther lineup last year, but he has been an integral part of the UNI team this year. He placed seventh at the Midlands Championships and has lost just one dual match.
  • 149 - Bart Reiter (8-2/4-0) junior, Gilbertville, Iowa/Don Bosco/Minnesota:
    Injury slowed Reiter's start to the season, but he has been healthy and an asset to the Panther lineup since returning. Three of his dual wins were pins, and the fourth was by technical fall.
  • 157 - David Bonin (17-4/4-1) senior, Broussard, La./Comeaux:
    Bonin is a returning NCAA national qualifier for UNI. He holds the top ranking in the MAC at 157 pounds. He has held a national ranking for the majority of the year and lost just one dual match. "It all came down to one position," Schawb said of his dual loss. "He got caught in a position and didn't quite recover. The score doesn't show how close that match really was." Bonin won the UNI Open, was second at the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open and placed fifth at the Cliff Keen Invite.
  • 165 - Jarrett Jensen (12-8/4-1) redshirt freshman, Rapid City, S.D./Rapid City Stevens; Riley Banach (9-7/0-0) sophomore, Ames, Iowa/Ames; Kyle Lux (6-5/0-0) redshirt freshman, Toledo, Iowa/South Tama:
    Jensen has been in the UNI lineup for all of UNI's dual meets this season. He has lost just one of those matches. He is the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open champion.
    Banach placed third at the Cobber Open and fifth last weekend at the Flash Flanagan Open.
    Lux has the team's fastest pin this season (37 seconds). He took third at last weekend's Flash Flanagan Open.
  • 174 - Cody Caldwell (21-4/5-0) redshirt freshman, Waverly, Iowa/Waverly-Shell Rock:
    Caldwell was seventh at the Cliff Keen Invite in Las Vegas, Nev. He has the second fastest pin on the team this season with 1:02 and has outscored opponents 80-16. Caldwell won the UNI Open and the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open.
  • 184 - Ryan Loder (19-3/4-0), junior, Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay:
    Loder has been nationally ranked all season. He is one of four returning NCAA national qualifiers for UNI. Amateur Wrestling News has ranked him ninth in the nation, while Intermat puts him at sixth. He has given up just nine points all season to opponents (79-9). Loder's career record (84-20) is the sixth-highest winning percentage among all UNI Panthers who have had at least 50 wins and competed at least two seasons in Division I. He consistently has been UNI's top place winner at competitive tournaments, winning the UNI Open, placing third at the Cliff Keen Invite and taking fourth at the Midlands Championships.
  • 197 - Blaize Cabell (8-8/0-2) redshirt freshman, Independence, Iowa/Independence; A.J. McBroom (3-9/0-2) redshirt freshman, Runnells, Iowa/Southeast Polk:
    Cabell and McBroom have wrestled two dual meets each for the Panthers. McBroom was third at the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open. Cabell was second at the William Penn Open.
  • 285 - Blayne Beale (9-6/2-2) senior, Davenport, Iowa/Davenport West; Cody Krumwiede (14-9/0-1) redshirt freshman, Waverly, Iowa/Waverly-Shell Rock:
    Beale is one of four returning NCAA national qualifiers for UNI. He has wrestled the majority of the duals for the Panthers this season. He got fourth at the UNI Open, his first meet of the season.
    Cody Krumwiede, a redshirt freshman, is the William Penn Open champion. He was second at the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open and UNI Open and fifth at the Flash Flannagan Open. 


UNI (3-2) and SIUE (3-8) both have faced Iowa Western Community College. SIUE won 27-15, and UNI won 56-0.

SIUE is ranked sixth in the Southern Conference (SoCon), where there are seven wrestling teams.

The two teams have faced each other seven times since 1976. The Panthers have been victorious at five of those meetings, including at the last dual in 1990.

Dillon Pousson and Josh Wood lead SIUE with pins, recording four each. The Cougars have faced two teams in the Top 25 USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll (No. 4 Iowa and No. 22 Purdue).

Probable lineup:

  • 125 - Tyler Gilleland (0-2)
  • 133 - Patrick Myers (11-4)
  • 141 - Brandon Brindley (0-6)
  • 149 - Dillon Pousson (4-10)
  • 157 - Kyle Lowman (7-9)
  • 165 - Logun Taylor (0-2)
  • 174 - Jake Residori (4-3)
  • 184 - Derek Nagel (4-3)
  • 197 - Josh Wood (9-6)
  • 285 - David Devine (8-3)


UNI has won five of the six meetings with NU. The last time the two teams wrestled in a dual was in 2001. NU finished ninth last year at the national tournament.   

Intermat has ranked six Northwestern wrestlers. Senior Jason Welch, ranked second in the nation, captured his second Midlands title in the 157-pound weight class. He is just one match away from his 100th win.

Four other Northwestern wrestlers placed at this year's Midlands:

  • 141 - Freshman Jason Tsirtsis wrestled unattached, 8th
  • 174 - Sophomore Lee Munster 5th
  • 197 - Sophomore Alex Polizzi 8th
  • 285 - Sophomore Mike McMullan 5th

NU recently hosted No. 17 Nebraska at Welsh-Ryan Arena and fell short, losing by a 25-12 score.
Freshman Jacob Berkowitz made his first career start last weekend against Nebraska. Berkowitz, who wrestled at 184 pounds in open tournaments to start the season, filled in for the Wildcats at heavyweight against the Huskers. He lost to Spencer Johnson.

NU had three true freshmen in the starting lineup against Nebraska. Malone has been the starter all season at 125 pounds, and Garrison White made his first career start a week earlier against No. 4 Ohio State.

Probable lineup:

  • 125: #16 Dominick Malone (12-5)
  • 133: Garrison White (0-2)
  • 141: Pat Greco (5-6) OR Jameson Oster (5-6)
  • 149: Dylan Marriott (5-10)
  • 157: #2 Jason Welch (17-1)
  • 165: #16 Pierce Harger (15-3)
  • 174: #9 Lee Munster (14-4)
  • 184: Marcus Shrewsbury (3-10) OR Jacob Berkowitz (0-1)
  • 197: #16 Alex Polizzi (12-8)
  • Hwt: #9 Mike McMullan (11-2)

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