#7 Missouri vs. #21 UNI
Site: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Venue: West Gym
Date: Jan. 27, 2013
Time: 2 p.m.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa wrestling team is looking to knock off its third Top 25-ranked team of the season when it hosts No. 7 Missouri Sunday on Senior Night.
The Panthers debuted in the rankings this week after beating No. 13 Oklahoma 18-15 and No. 21 Northwestern last week.
“We need to be ready for Missouri,” said head coach Doug Schwab. “They are a solid team from top to bottom. There are going to be some hard-fought battles.”
No. 11 Central Michigan upset Missouri last week, giving the Tigers their only loss. Both Missouri and Central Michigan are the only teams ranked ahead of UNI in the Mid-American Conference rankings, which were released Jan. 23. This will be the Panthers’ first MAC dual this season.
UNI and Missouri agreed to joining the MAC for the conference tournament only for the 2012-13 season and then participate fully in regular season and tournament action for the next four consecutive years (2013-14 season through 2016-17 academic season).
The Panthers (6-2) are undefeated at home with wins over No. 13 Oklahoma and Ellsworth and Iowa Western community colleges.
The team has outscored opponents 260-86 in duals, and blanked a couple of teams.
UNI was a point shy of scoring an all-time high with its 56-0 win over Iowa Western. The Panthers also denied Southern Illinois-Edwardsville any points, winning 48-0.
Ryan Loder’s (184 pounds) fourth-place finish and Joey Lazor’s (141 pounds) seventh-place finish help the team place 13th overall at the Midlands Championships.
Six Panthers are ranked in the top four in the MAC.
- 133 - Levi Wolfensperger 3rd
- 141 - Joey Lazor tied for 1st
- 149 - Bart Reiter 4th
- 157 - David Bonin 1st
- 174 - Cody Caldwell 4th
- 184 - Ryan Loder 2nd
Missouri (8-1) has wins against No. 8 Cornell and No. 22 Purdue. They finished one point behind No. 5 Ohio State to take second at the Cliff Keen Invite in Las Vegas, Nev. The Tigers return 10 NCAA national qualifiers.
Missouri has a wrestler ranked in the top four of the MAC in every weight class:
- 125 - Alan Waters 1st
- 133 - Nathan McCormick 1st
- 141 - Nick Hucke tied for 1st
- 149 - Drake Houdasheldt 1st
- 157 - Kyle Bradley 3rd
- 165 - Zach Toal 3rd
- 174 - Todd Porter 3rd
- 184 - Mike Larson 3rd
- 197 - Brent Haynes 2nd
- 285 - Dom Bradley 1st
THE MATCHUPS (UNI vs. Missouri):
- 125 - Ryan Jauch (4-4/4-2) vs. #3 Alan Waters (16-0):
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 came in last week’s match against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in 20 seconds. He upset No. 16 Dominick Malone of Northwestern last weekend.
Jauch, whose brother wrestles for Missouri at 141 pounds, faces Waters. He is a junior and the returning Big 12 champion at 125 pounds, losing just one dual match last year. He was 29-4 overall last year, winning 19 matches with bonus points.
- 133 - #10 Levi Wolfensperger (18-5/7-1) vs. #6 Nathan
UNI's Wolfensperger is ranked 10th by Amateur Wrestling News. Wolfensperger, a sophomore, is a returning NCAA national qualifier for the Panthers and placed fourth at the Cliff Keen Invite earlier this year. His only dual loss came to No. 9 Cody Brewer of Oklahoma. Currently, he is ranked third in the Mid-American Conference and 12th by Intermat.
McCormick is also a returning NCAA qualifier with an overall record of 16-7 and going 10-4 in duals. He took second at the Big 12 Championships to earn an automatic bid. He earned six pins last year and scored 36 points. He is one of six seniors on the Missouri squad.
- 141 - #14 Joey Lazor (23-7/6-2) vs. Nicholas Hucke
(7-7) or Trevor Jauch (22-6):
Joey Lazor is wrestling extremely well for UNI right now. Coach Schwab has singled out Lazor as being an example for the team. “He is being aggressive and taking what he wants,” said Schwab before the Oklahoma matchup. “We want to see that in the rest of the team.” Injury kept Lazor, a junior, 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. He is ranked 15th by Intermat.
Missouri will either wrestle returning NCAA national qualifier Nicholas Hucke, a senior, or Trevor Jauch, the brother of UNI wrestler Ryan Jauch (125 pounds). Hucke finished last season with a 16-14 record. Jauch, a redshirt freshman, won six of his 11 matches by fall. The fastest was in 1 minute, 4 seconds.
- 149 - Bart Reiter (10-3/6-1) vs. #18 Drake Houdashelt
Injury slowed Reiter's start to the season, but he has been healthy and an asset to the Panther lineup since returning. He lost his only dual match this season to No. 10 Nick Lester of Oklahoma. Three of his dual wins were pins, and a fourth was by technical fall. He has lost just two matches this season in tournaments.
Houdashelt, a sophomore, beat Oklahoma’s Matt Lester to win the Big 12 title at 157 pounds as a redshirt freshman. He became Mizzou’s second 157-pound conference champion in program history to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. He lost four dual matches last year.
- 157 - #17 David Bonin (19-4/6-2) vs. Kyle Bradley (17-9):
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 has lost just two dual matches. “It all came down to one position,” Schawb said of his first 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. He beat No. 15 Matt Lester in SV2 to help the Panthers beat No. 13 Oklahoma Jan. 18 to regain a spot in the national rankings.
Bonin, a senior, will face Kyle Bradley, who is a junior. Bradley is a two-time returning NCAA national qualifier. He finished second in the Big 12 at 149 pounds last year. At the conference championship, he beat No. 11 Nick Lester of Oklahoma.
- 165 - Jarrett Jensen (13-10/5-3) vs. #19 Zach Toal
Jensen, a redshirt freshman, has been in the UNI lineup for all of UNI’s dual meets this season. His recent losses came to No. 4 Patrick “Bubby” Graham of Oklahoma and No. 16 Pierce Harger of Northwestern. He is the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open champion.
Toal has been Mizzou’s started at 165 for three years and a two-time returning NCAA national qualifier. He is last year’s Big 12 champion.
- 174 - Cody Caldwell (23-5/7-1) vs. #15 Todd Porter:
Caldwell was seventh at the Cliff Keen Invite in Las Vegas, Nev. Caldwell, a redshirt freshman, won the UNI Open and the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open. His only loss in duals is to No. 9 Lee Munster of Northwestern.
Missouri will wrestle Todd Porter, a senior. Porter earned six major decisions last year. He posted a 14-5 record after competing in four opens and earning three top-three finishes.
- 184 - #9 Ryan Loder (22-3/7-0) vs. #8 Mike Larson (20-6)
or Johnny Eblen (19-3):
Loder has been nationally ranked all season. Intermat has ranked him sixth. 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. Loder’s career record (87-20) is the fifth-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.
Loder will wrestle Missouri’s Larson or Eblen. Larson is in his second year as Missouri’s starter. He captured his first Big 12 win and advanced to the 12th round of the NCAA tournament as the top seed. He had the second-best winning percentage on the squad. He ended the season with 11 wins with bonus points, including three major decisions and six wins by fall.
Eblen competed in six open tournaments as a freshman. He placed fourth at the Lindenwood Open and finished the year with an 18-6 record, securing eight decisions, four majors, three falls, two technical falls and a win by forfeit.
- 197 - Blaize Cabell (19-9/2-3) vs. #10 Brent Haynes (22-4):
Cabell is a redshirt freshman. He took second at the William Penn Open. He joined the dual lineup for the Panthers mid-January.
Haynes is a three-time returning NCAA national qualifier. He was 24-8 overall last season. Haynes won the Sourthern Scuffle by defeating No. 4 Matt Powless and No. 2 Sonny Yohn. He finished the year with five wins by technical fall, tying him for the fifth-most in a single season at Missouri.
- 285 - Blayne Beale (11-6/4-2) or Cody Krumwiede (15-9/1-1)
vs. #1 Dom Bradley (24-0):
Beale, a senior, 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. His last-second takedown against Keldrick Hall of Oklahoma helped secure the Panthers’ win against the Sooners. His 3-2 decision over Hall gave UNI the three points it needed to win as a team.
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.
Bradley has held a Top 5 ranking all season. He moved from third into first Jan. 8, where he continues to hold the top spot. He took an Olympic redshirt last year to serve as a training partner for American heavyweight Tervel Dlagnev. He won the Cliff Keen Invite this year in Las Vegas, Nev., and was third at the 2011 NCAA Championships.