No. 15 Jackrabbits outlast No. 11 Panthers

BROOKINGS, S.D. — The Northern Iowa wrestling team won a key top-10 matchup at 174 pounds, but the 11th-ranked Panthers fell to No. 15 South Dakota State, 22-16.

The Panthers (5-3, 2-1 Big 12) fell behind early, losing the first two matches by fall before No. 7 Josh Alber narrowed the team score with a 9-2 decision over Henry Pohlmeyer at 141.

At 149 pounds, No. 7 Max Thomsen was the only Panther to earn bonus points. A late escape had Thomsen settling for a 15-1 major decision instead of a technical fall over Colten Carlson.

South Dakota State (9-2, 4-0) claimed the next two matches before momentum started to swing in favor of the Panthers.

Taylor Lujan fought off the attacks of No. 9 David Kocer to win 3-1 at 174. Foster gave UNI back-to-back wins with a decision at 184 over No. 23 Martin Mueller, but three-time NCAA qualifier No. 9 Nate Rotert sealed SDSU’s team win with a 5-1 decision at 197.

UNI heavyweight Carter Isley closed the meet with a 3-1 decision over Alex Macki.

The Panthers will face No. 5 Oklahoma State on the road Feb. 3 in Stillwater, Okla.

No. 15 South Dakota St. 22, No. 11 Northern Iowa 16

At Brookings, S.D.

125–Connor Brown (SDSU) pinned Jay Schwarm, 3:23; 133–Seth Gross (SDSU) pinned Jack Wagner, 1:32; 141–Josh Alber (UNI) dec. Henry Pohlmeyer, 9-2; 149–Max Thomsen (UNI) major dec. Colten Carlson, 15-1; 157–Luke Zilverberg (SDSU) major dec. Logan Ryan, 15-1; 165–Logan Peterson (SDSU) dec. Isaiah Patton, 4-2; 174–Taylor Lujan (UNI) dec. David Kocer, 3-1; 184–Drew Foster (UNI) dec. Martin Mueller, 8-4; 197–Nate Rotert (SDSU) dec. Jacob Holschlag, 5-1; 285–Carter Isley (UNI) dec. Alex Macki, 3-1.