OREM, UTAH - The University of Northern Iowa (5-3, 3-0) edged the Utah Valley Wolverines (3-7, 0-3) Friday with a 24-18 dual victory. The contest came down to the night's final match, and junior heavyweight Blayne Beale secured the Panthers' victory.
Senior Cruse Aarhus (125) started off UNI's victory with a 6-1 decision over UVU's Colby Christensen. Two more Panther wins followed as No. 12 Joe Colon (133) topped the Wolverines' Blake Mangum with a 16-3 major decision, and Levi Wolfensperger (141) defeated Avery Garner with a 6-4 decision.
No. 13 Josh Wilson (149) earned the Wolverines' first victory of the night with a 7-4 decision over UNI's Seth Noble. Noble, who usually wrestles at the 141-pound weight class, saw his first dual action since the Panthers' Dec. 8 date with the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Junior David Bonin won the next match, topping UVU's Napoleon Aniciete with a 16-4 major decision. Halfway through the dual, UNI found itself up 14-3.
From that point, Utah Valley surged back and even took a 15-14 lead after two consecutive falls. Ethan Smith (165) pinned UNI's Riley Banach in 2:14, and Monte Shmaulhaus (174) pinned Onni Prestidge of UNI in 1:59.
The Panthers responded with a fall of their own, as No. 6 Ryan Loder (184) pinned Dominic Borelli in 4:39. Loder improved his dual record to 8-0, and UNI took a 20-15 lead.
Utah Valley cinched within two points after David Prieto (197) won by decision over Taylor Kettman of UNI. The final match of the night would determine who won the dual.
Beale (285) took care of business. Beale defeated Dustin Dennison with a 12-4 major decision, giving UNI the 24-18 dual win.
UNI will continue its conference tour of the West Sunday as they take on No. 12-ranked Western Wrestling Conference foe Wyoming. The dual starts at 3 p.m.
125: Cruse Aarhus (UNI) dec. Colby Christensen (UVU), 6-1 (3-0 UNI)
133: #12 Joe Colon (UNI) maj. Blake Mangum (UVU), 16-3 (7-0 UNI)
141: Levi Wolfensperger (UNI) dec. Avery Garner (UVU), 6-4 (10-0 UNI)
149: #13 Josh Wilson (UVU) dec. Seth Noble (UNI), 7-4 (10-3 UNI)
157: David Bonin (UNI) maj. Napoleon Aniciete (UVU), 16-4 (14-3 UNI)
165: Ethan Smith (UVU) FALL Riley Banach (UNI), 2:14 (14-9 UNI)
174: Monte Shmaulhaus (UVU) FALL Onni Prestidge (UNI), 1:59 (15-14 UVU)
184: #6 Ryan Loder (UNI) FALL Dominic Borelli (UVU), 4:39 (20-15 UNI)
197: David Prieto (UVU) dec. Taylor Kettman (UNI), 6-3 (20-18 UNI)
285: Blayne Beale (UNI) maj. Dustin Dennison (UVU), 12-4 (24-18 UNI)