Wrestling remains undefeated in Big 12 duals

JERRIUS CAMPBELL, Sports Writer

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UNI wrestling continued their dominance of the Big 12 Conference on Sunday in the West Gym with their win over the University of Oklahoma.

After Sunday’s meet, UNI improved to a 5-4 record while maintaining an unbeaten streak in the conference.

At the 125-pound weight class, redshirt sophomore Jay Schwarm had an incredible performance this weekend, with two falls over Rico Montoya of Northern Colorado on Friday and Christian Moody of Oklahoma on Sunday.

With this past weekend, Schwarm moved to the top 10 on UNI’s all-time list with 29 pins. 21 of those pins have come in the first period.

Jack Skudlarczyk fell short of a win due to a last-second takedown by Okahoma wrestler Tony Madrigal, putting the score at 6-4, giving Madrigal the win in a major decision.

In the only top ten ranked match on Sunday, UNI’s Josh Alber ranked sixth competing at 141 pound weight class, defeated Don Demas ranked tenth after final decision.

Several other nationally-ranked Panthers were able to grab wins on Sunday, as Max Thomsen (149), Bryce Steiert (165), Taylor Lujan (174) and Drew Foster (184) were all able to score team points for the cats.

Steiert was able to win in tech-fall fashion, as the others won by major decision.

The Panthers were able to walk away victorious, with a final score of 28-9.

Coming up next, the Panthers will take on a daunting foe in that of the Oklahoma State Cowboys, as the Cowboys are the third-ranked team in the country. The matchup will be held in Stillwater, OK on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.

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