No. 13 Northern Iowa wins Big 12 debut dual over North Dakota State, 21-19

By Michelle Van Dorn, UNI | Nov. 19, 2017, 6:43 p.m. (ET)
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI wrestling’s first Big 12 dual win came down to the final match against North Dakota State on the back of UNI’s Josh Alber at 141 pounds.

With No. 13 UNI trailing three points in the team score, Josh Alber secured a tech fall in 5 minutes, 9 seconds to give the Panthers a perfect start in their new conference, beating NDSU 21-19.

No. 3 Max Thomsen got UNI the early lead and stayed perfect, now 6-0. He grabbed two takedowns and an escape to beat Kyle Gliva of North Dakota State and amassed 4 minutes, 9 seconds in riding time.

North Dakota State took the lead with a major decision and a fall at 157 and 165 pounds.

It was No. 8 Taylor Lujan who would regain the lead for the Panthers at 174 pounds. He grabbed eight takedowns overall before pinning Dylan Urbach in 5:59.

No. 5 Drew Foster came out attacking grabbing a big early lead. He held on for an 11-6 decision over Tyler McNutt of NDSU to give UNI the 12-10 lead heading into intermission.

Jay Schwarm earned more than six minutes of riding time to help secure a major decision and tie up the team score, 16-16.

UNI improved to 1-1 on the season and 1-0 in the Big 12. NDSU is now 0-2 overall, 0-1 in the Big 12.

UNI will compete in the Las Vegas Invite set for Dec. 1-2. The Panthers' next home event is the UNI Open in the UNI-Dome starting 9 a.m. Dec. 9.

The Panthers will be at Peppers Grill and Sports Pub from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 20. This event gives fans the opportunity to meet the team.

Tickets for the 2018 Big 12 Conference Wrestling Championship go on sale 10 a.m. CT Nov. 17. The all-session tickets include all four sessions of the championship set for March 3-4, 2018, at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In 2017, the BOK Center set a Big 12 Conference attendance record when more than 15,000 people attended the two-day event.

Last year, the Oklahoma State Cowboys won their fifth consecutive team title, and their 15th Big 12 title overall. Oklahoma State will be joined by Big 12 members Iowa State, Oklahoma, and West Virginia, along with affiliate members Air Force, Fresno State, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, UNI, South Dakota State, Utah Valley, and Wyoming.

To order tickets, buy online, visit Arby's Box Office at BOK Center, or call (866) 726-5287.

RESULTS: #13 UNI 21, NDSU 19
149: #3 Max Thomsen (UNI) dec. Kyle Gliva (NDSU), 6-1 (4:09 RT)
157: Clay Ream (NDSU) maj. dec. Paden Moore (UNI), 15-7
165: #16 Andrew Fogarty (NDSU) pins Isaiah Patton (UNI), 7:20 (SV1)
174: #8 Taylor Lujan (UNI) pins Dylan Urbach (NDSU), 5:59
184: #5 Drew Foster (UNI) dec. Tyler McNutt (NDSU), 11-6
197: Cordell Eaton (NDSU) dec. Izaak Shedenhelm (UNI), 11-5 (1:38 RT)
285: Dan Stibral (NDSU) dec. #24 Carter Isley (UNI), 7-1 (3:22 RT)
125: #16 Jay Schwarm (UNI) maj. dec. Paul Bianchi (NDSU), 10-2 (6:07)
133: Jack Wagner (UNI) dec. McGwire Midkiff (NDSU), 11-6 (2:35 RT)
141: #12 Josh Alber (UNI) tech fall Sam Hampton (NDSU), 19-4 (5:09)
NDSU (0-2 / 0-1) vs. #13 UNI wrestling (1-1 / 1-0)
Nov. 19, 2017
Attendance: 1,604
Official: Josh Briscoe
(NWCA team rankings and Trackwrestling rankings for individuals)