Photos by: Mark Lundy.
Courtesy of Amateur Wrestling News
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI wrestling stayed perfect with a 24-10 win over No. 7 Missouri in front of a sold-out crowd at the West Gym.
The Panthers were looking to win a battle they lost last year to Missouri on Military Appreciation night. UNI is among just three teams in the top 10 that remain undefeated (7-0). The only other two teams are Penn State and Cornell.
No. 6 Dylan Peters (125 pounds), No. 1 Joe Colon (133 pounds) and No. 14 Joey Lazor (141 pounds) protected their undefeated status and gave the Panthers a 12-0 lead.
“Those guys having been doing that all year long,” said head coach Doug Schwab. “They set the tone for meet.”
Cooper Moore, a redshirt freshman, continues to knock off ranked opponents with his win over No. 8 Zach Toal, a three-time NCAA qualifier.
UNI ended the night with wins from No. 18 Cody Caldwell at 174 pounds and Blaize Cabell, heavyweight.
All-American Ryan Loder was the only Panther to earn bonus points win his 25-second pin. Loder returned to the regular dual lineup and continues to be undefeated. He hasn’t ever given up bonus points in a match, and he hasn’t lost a dual since the 2011-12 season.
“Getting him back is huge for us,” Schwab said of Loder. “He is a leader for our team.”
Cabell beat Devin Mellon, an NCAA qualifier who is ranked second in the Mid-American Conference.
“Our guys are feeling it. They are believing,” said Schwab.
The Panthers will remain at home through mid-February. They host a triangular with Ohio and South Dakota State on Feb. 1 starting at noon.
The dual with Iowa State has been moved to 5 p.m. Feb. 8.
FINAL RESULTS: UNI 24, MU 10
125 – #6 Dylan Peters (UNI) dec. Barlow McGhee (MU), 8-4
133 – #1 Joe Colon (UNI) dec. Matt Manley (MU), 8-1
141– #14 Joey Lazor (UNI) dec. Trevor Jauch (MU), 5-4
149 – #1 Drake Houdashelt (MU) maj. dec. Tyler Patten (UNI), 12-4
157 – Joey Lavalle (MU) dec. Jarrett Jensen (UNI) 4-1
165 – #11 Cooper Moore dec. (UNI) #8 Zach Toal (MU), 6-2
174 –#18 Cody Caldwell (UNI) dec. #19 Mikey England (MU), 10-7
184 – #5 Ryan Loder (UNI) fall #10 Johnny Eblen (MU), 0:25
197 – #6 J’den Cox (MU) dec. Basil Minto (UNI), 8-1
HWT – Blaize Cabell (UNI) dec. Devin Mellon (MU), 6-5