SDSU upsets No. 16 Northern Iowa

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – South Dakota State took control of its wrestling dual Friday night against Northern Iowa by winning five of the first six matches and went on to defeat the 16th-ranked Panthers, 25-13, at West Gym.

In running their dual winning streak to four, the Jackrabbits improved to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12 Conference. UNI dropped to 1-3 overall and 1-1 against league opponents.

Danny Vega set the tone for SDSU in the opening bout of the night, scoring a 10-6 decision over 18th-ranked Jacob Schwarm at 125 pounds. After Schwarm opened the scoring with a takedown, Vega countered with a reversal and four-point near-fall for a 6-2 lead. Vega put the match away in the third period with a pair of takedowns.

Redshirt freshman 133-pounder Zach Price gave SDSU a 6-0 lead with an 11-4 decision over Kyle Biscoglia before UNI got on the board as 16th-ranked Michael Blockhus rallied in the third period for a 7-5 decision over Clay Carlson at 141 pounds. Carlson led 4-2 through two periods before Blockhus scored on an escape and two takedowns in the third and final stanza.

Two-time NCAA qualifier Henry Pohlmeyer swung the momentum back in the Jackrabbits’ favor with a win over seventh-ranked Max Thomsen in a battle between nationally ranked 149-pound wrestlers. The 17th-ranked Pohlmeyer began the scoring with a first-period takedown and led 4-0 early in the second period following a reversal. In the third period, Pohlmeyer recorded his second takedown of the match, picked up two points on a near-fall and added a point for riding time to post a 9-1 major decision.

It was Pohlmeyer’s third win in a row over Thomsen, following a pair of one-point victories last season.

The Jackrabbits pushed their winning streak to three matches in a row as Colten Carlson tallied a 4-0 decision over Derek Holschlag at 157 pounds and newcomer Tanner Cook continued to impress at 165 pounds with a third-period pin of Austin Yant. Since being inserted into the lineup at the South Beach Duals two weeks ago, Cook is 4-0 with all four victories by fall. He leads the squad with nine pins on the season.

UNI stemmed the tide with wins by fifth-ranked Bryce Steiert and fourth-ranked Taylor Lujan at 174 and 184 pounds, respectively, to close the gap to 19-10. Lujan’s victory was a 10-3 decision over Zach Carlson, who entered the matchup ranked 16th by FloWrestling.

Tanner Sloan, ranked 20th at 197 pounds, slammed the door shut on a late UNI comeback by notching the Jackrabbits’ second fall of the dual, pinning Noah Glaser in 1 minute and 42 seconds.

In the final bout of the night, 14th-ranked heavyweight Carter Isley of UNI needed overtime to defeat the Jackrabbits’ Blake Wolters, 3-1.


The Jackrabbits close out the weekend by hosting Wyoming in dual action Sunday afternoon at Frost Arena. Action is slated for a 1 p.m. start.


125: Danny Vega (SDSU) dec. #18 Jacob Schwarm (UNI), 10-6

133: Zach Price (SDSU) dec. Kyle Biscoglia (UNI), 11-4

141: #16 Michael Blockhus (UNI) dec. Clay Carlson (SDSU), 7-5

149: #17 Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU) major dec. #7 Max Thomsen (UNI), 9-1

157: Colten Carlson (SDSU) dec. Derek Holschlag (UNI), 4-0

165: Tanner Cook (SDSU) def. Austin Yant (UNI), by fall 6:11

174: #5 Bryce Steiert (UNI) major dec. Cade King (SDSU), 12-1

184: #4 Taylor Lujan (UNI) dec. #16 Zach Carlson (SDSU), 10-3

197: #20 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) def. Noah Glaser (UNI), by fall 1:42

285: #14 Carter Isley (UNI) dec. Blake Wolters (SDSU), 3-1 [SV-1]


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