Alber claims 100th win, cracks top 20

ELIOT CLOUGH, Sports Editor

Intense. If you’ve ever been inside the West Gym on a cold, Iowa night when the Panthers take to the mats, you fully know the definition of that word, and so does Northern Colorado.

UNI wiped the floor with the Bears on Friday night, winning by a final score of 38-6.

Jay Schwarm, UNI’s 125-pound wrestler, began the winning ways for the Panthers, pinning Rico Montoya in 4:10. Montoya is currently the 17th-ranked wrestler in the nation at this weight.

UNI wrestling veterans Bryce Steiert at 165 pounds and Carter Isley at 285 pounds also defeated their challengers by pin.

Tech-falls came at the hands of Jack Skudlarczyk (133), Max Thomsen (149) and Taylor Lujan (174).

The biggest win of the night came from the All-American hopeful, Josh Alber, as he was able to garner the 100th win for his career, defeating his opponent at 141 pounds.

Alber joins the ranks of only 20 other Panthers before him to achieve that number of wins. Alber also remained undefeated in the Big 12 with his win on Friday night.

Following the duel with Northern Colorado, the Panthers took on another Big 12 opponent in the University of Oklahoma on Sunday, Jan. 27, in the West Gym.