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6 Wrestlers in Hunt for All-America Title at NCAAs
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Tuesday 03/20/2014
UNI Wrestling at NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
Site: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena
Date: Friday through Saturday
Time: 10 a.m. CT start Friday
Live updates: http://bit.ly/1ddVV5c

OKLAHOMA CITY – UNI’s three lightest wrestlers have set the tone all season, and they remain the only three still in contention for a national title.

Three more are in the hunt for third.

No. 5 Dylan Peters (125 pounds), No. 1 Joe Colon (133 pounds) and No. 11 Joey Lazor (141 pounds) are all looking for their first All-America titles.

Lazor snagged a last-second takedown to upset No. 6 Chris Dardanes of Minnesota, drawing a strong response from the crowd.

“He gave up some easy scores, but he found a way to win,” said head coach Doug Schwab. “So let’s give him credit. He moved on. We said it isn’t always going to be pretty. He got himself in the quarterfinals the of the national tournament, and he will be ready.” 

Lazor has a five-match win streak, with three of those wins being against top 10 opponents.

Colon is the only Panther to earn bonus points so far in the tournament, with one major decision win over Vincent Dellefave of Rutgers, 9-1. He extended his win streak to 22.

Peters has improved his win streak to 15 with wins over unranked Nick Roberts of Ohio State and No. 12 Tim Lambert of Nebraska.

Cody Caldwell (174 pounds) knocked off the No. 8 seed Cody Walters of Ohio in a 9-6 tiebreaker decision to advance, but fell in a 12-9 decision to No. 9 Elliot Riddick of Lehigh.

No. 10 Cooper Moore (165 pounds) closed the gap on a loss earlier in the season to No. 7 Pierce Harger of Northwestern but was unable to hold him off. Harger beat Moore, 7-1.   

No. 15 Ryan Loder (184 pounds) and Blaize Cabell (285 pounds) were the only Panthers to lose their first matches today. Loder’s 184-pound match went into sudden victory, but Lazarus Reyes of Illinois won, 6-4. Loder battled back to beat Jackson Hein of Wisconsin, 7-1, to remain in contention for third.

“It was good for Loder to get a win tonight,” said Schwab. “He has a long road back, but he’s done it before. We just have to look for these guys to score more points.”

Cabell faced the top heavyweight seed Tony Nelson of Minnesota. Cabell kept it close, but fell 1-0. Joe Stofli of Bucknell ended Cabell’s run at the NCAA tourney with a fall in 3 minutes, 24 seconds.

“He’s going down attacking, so I can’t be upset about that,” said Schwab. “We just have to gut up.”


  • 125 – No. 5 Dylan Peters
  • 133 – No. 1 Joe Colon
  • 141 – No. 11 Joey Lazor


  • 165 – No. 10 Cooper Moore
  • 174 – Cody Caldwell
  • 184 – No. 15 Ryan Loder


125 – Peters will face Earl Hall of Iowa State. Peters has earned bonus points with a fall and major decision over Hall so far this season.

133 – Colon will take on No. 8 David Thorn of Minnesota. Thorn is a returning All-American.

141 – Lazor has his biggest challenge yet this year with No. 3 Zain Retherford of Penn State. Retherford is a true freshman who won two state titles as a prep in Pennsylvania.

165 – Moore will face a returning NCAA qualifier in senior Ramon Santiago of Rider University.

174 – Caldwell is matched up against Joe Latham of Oregon State, a junior making his first trip to the NCA tourney.

184 – Loder advanced in the wrestlebacks and will battle Devin Hightower of Air Force.


Sessions resume at 10 a.m. Friday with championship rounds on the middle mats and consolations on the outer four mats.

2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Schedule


Time (ET)


Number of Mats


Thu, March 20

Noon –  3:30 p.m.

First Session

Eight Mats



7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Second Session

Eight Mats


Fri, March 21

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Third Session - Quarterfinals

Eight Mats



8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Fourth Session -Semifinals

Six Mats


Sat, March 22

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fifth Session -Medal Round

Three Mats



8:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Sixth Session – Championship Finals

One Mat




  • Peters dec. Nick Roberts (Ohio State), 9-3
  • Peters dec. Tim Lambert (Nebraska), 7-5
  • Earl Hall (Iowa State)

133: No. 1 JOE COLON

  • Colon maj. dec. Vincent Delleface (Rutgers), 9-1
  • Colon dec. Matt Manley (Missouri), 5-1
  • David Thorn (Minnesota)

141: No. 11 JOEY LAZOR

  • Lazor dec. Sam Speno (North Carolina State), 6-0
  • Lazor dec. #6 Chris Dardanes (Minnesota), 10-8
  • Zain Retherford (Penn State)

165: No. 10 COOPER MOORE

  • Moore dec. Austin Wilson (Nebraska), 5-3
  • No. 7 Pierce Harger (Northwestern) dec. Moore, 7-1
  • Ramon Santiago (Rider University)


  • Caldwell dec. No. 8 Cody Walters (Ohio), 9-6 TB1
  • No. 9 Elliot Riddick (Lehigh) dec. Caldwell, 12-9
  • Joe Latham (Oregon State)

184: No. 15 RYAN LODER

  • Lazarus Reyes (Illinois) dec. Loder, 6-4 SV1
  • Loder dec. Jackson Hein (Wisconsin), 7-1
  • Devin Hightower (Air Force)


  • No. 1 Tony Nelson (Minnesota) dec. Cabell, 1-0
  • Joe Stofli (Bucknell) fall Cabell, 3:24


1. Penn State 26.5

2. Minnesota 21.5

3. Oklahoma State 21.5

4. Iowa and Oklahoma 20.5

19. Illinois and UNI, 9.5

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