No. 24 UNI Wrestling Gets Second Shot at Wisconsin in NWCA National Duals
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Sunday 02/13/2013

UNI at NWCA National Duals
Site: Kent, Ohio
Venue: M.A.C. Center
Date: Feb. 17, 2013
Time: noon and 2 p.m. CT
TV: tape delay broadcast on Fox College Sports
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MANHEIM, Pa. - The University of Northern Iowa wrestling team is seeded third and will face No. 18 Wisconsin in the first round of the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Dual Meet Championships Sunday.

There are four regional competitions on Feb. 17. The winners of the four regions will advance to the championship final that will take place Feb. 22-23 at the University of Minnesota. They will join the four teams (No. 8 Illinois, No. 2 Iowa, No. 4 Minnesota and No. 5 Ohio State) that received automatic bids to the final.

UNI will compete against Wisconsin at 1 p.m. ET. The Panthers will face either No. 1. Oklahoma State or Kent State, seeded fourth, in the last round at 3 p.m. ET.

WISCONSIN VS. UNI

Wisconsin beat No. 24 UNI in the Panthers' first dual of the season, 24-13. However, the Panthers' lineup will look drastically different at this second meeting of the year.

UNI has since filled its 125-pound position with senior Ryan Jauch. The Panthers forfeited that weight at the November dual. After wrestling the last couple of years at a heavier weight, Jauch has moved down to fill the spot for UNI.

Injuries slowed three Panthers' starts to the season. Bart Reiter at 149 pounds, Ryan Loder at 184 pounds and heavyweight Blayne Beale were not competing for the team when UNI faced Wisconsin. Blaize Cabell also has entered the lineup a couple of times for the UNI since the Wisconsin meet.

The Badgers are coming off a recent 34-5 loss to No. 4 Minnesota with a similar lineup used when wrestling UNI.

Tyler Graff, who pinned UNI's 141-pound Joey Lazor, wrestled at 133 pounds against Minnesota and currently is ranked at that weight. UNI's Levi Wolfensperger beat Wisconsin's Tom Kelliher, 6-4, in overtime at the 133-pound weight class. Kelliher wrestled at 141 pounds last weekend.

Wrestlers from both teams have entered the rankings since the teams last met.

For UNI (8-4):

  • 133 - Levi Wolfensperger 10th
  • 141 - Joey Lazor 13th
  • 157 - David Bonin 19th
  • 184 - Ryan Loder 8th

For Wisconsin (7-6):

  • 133 - Tyler Graff (who has competed at 141 pounds) 6th
  • 197 - Jackson Hein 16th
  • 285 - Connor Medbery 9th

OKLAHOMA STATE/KENT STATE

With the top ranking in the nation and eight nationally ranked wrestlers, Oklahoma State (13-0) is pegged as the team to beat this weekend. The team is coming off a 25-9 win over No. 22 Iowa State. Cornell and Minnesota have been the two teams closest to beating the Cowboys. Minnesota lost 22-15, and Cornell was defeated 21-16.

For Oklahoma State:

  • 133 - Jon Morrison 5th
  • 149 - Jordan Oliver 1st
  • 157 - Alex Deringer 9th
  • 165 - Tyler Caldwell 3rd
  • 174 - Chris Perry 2nd
  • 184 - Chris Chiohuma 12th
  • 197 - Blake Rosholt 11th
  • 285 - Alan Gelogaer 3rd

Kent State is ranked fourth, just one spot behind UNI, in the Mid-American Conference. They have three nationally ranked wrestlers. In addition, Caleb Marsh is ranked fourth in the conference at 165 pounds.

For Kent State:

  • 125 - Steve Mitcheff 16th
  • 184 - Casey Newburg 15th
  • 197 - Dustin Kilgore 1st  

OTHER REGIONS

Missouri will be the first region to begin competition as they start at 10 a.m. CST, while all other regions will begin at 1 p.m. in their respective time zones.

  1. Missouri - No. 6 Tigers will face fourth-seeded Maryland in the first round. No. 16 Purdue and No. 20 Wyoming come in as the second and third seeds and will face off for a spot in the finals of the region.
  2. Cornell - Three competing teams are ranked in the top 15 of the new USA Today/AWN Division I Coaches Poll. No. 11 Virginia and No. 13 Nebraska come in as the second and third seeds. Hofstra, seeded fourth, will face No. 10 Cornell in the first round.
  3. Oregon State - Two teams are in the top 10 of the new coaches poll. The Virginia Tech Hokies, ranked seventh, will face No. 25 Oklahoma in the first found. Host No. 9 Oregon State will match up against No. 19 Michigan.

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