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College Wrestling: UNI knocks off No. 4 Oklahoma State in historical win, 19-15

STILLWATER, Okla. – Unranked UNI wrestling knocked off No. 4 Oklahoma State, making it the first time the Panthers have beaten OSU on its home turf since the series started in 1962.

Winning 19-15, UNI handed OSU its first loss of the season. The Cowboys are now 10-1 overall and 4-1 in the Big 12.

UNI (4-5 / 3-2 Big 12) dropped the first four matches before Derek Holschlag sparked the Panthers, leading to four consecutive wins.

Holschlag knocked off his first ranked opponent in his career with a decision over all-American No. 12 Wyatt Sheets at 157 pounds. Austin Yant avenged three past matches to No. 4 Travis Wittlake to close the scoring gap. It was Lance Runyon at 174 pounds who tied up the team score, 12-12, pinning No. 7 Dustin Plott.

Parker Keckeisen gave the Panthers the lead with back-to-back bonus points when Keckeisen earned a major decision over No. 9 Dakota Geer, who is No. 7 in the nation for number of tech falls in the fastest time with five in 27 minutes, 35 seconds.

UNI let OSU back in with a loss at 197 pounds before heavyweight Tyrell Gordon sealed the win with a 2-0 decision.

Brody Teske led just briefly in the first period of the opening match at 125 pounds before No. 4 Trevor Mastrogiovanni slipped out with an escape and scored his second takedown of the match to lead 5-3 after the first period. Teske got a third period escape and tied up the match, 5-5, with a riding time point to take the match to sudden victory. Mastrogiovanni notched a takedown for the 7-5 decision, giving OSU the 3-0 lead.

The reigning Big 12 champion at 133 pounds ended UNI’s No. 29 Biscoglia’s five-match win streak. No. 2 Daton Fix, who was the NCAA runner-up at the national championships last year earned a 5-1 decision to give the Cowboys a 6-0 lead after two matches.

No. 19 Carter Young notched four takedowns to take down No. 20 Cael Happel, 10-6. The third consecutive decision gave OSU the 9-0 lead after the 141-pound match.

At 149 pounds, No. 14 Kaden Gfeller of OSU was dinged with a stall warning, but his lone takedown of the match and a third-period escape was enough to edge out No. 31 Colin Realbuto to keep UNI scoreless after four matches.

Holschlag was the first Panther to lead after the first period (2-1). No. 12 Wyatt Sheets got an escape off the whistle in the second period to tie it up. Holschlag earned a final escape in the third period to get UNI on the board with a 3-2 decision.

No. 17 Yant took the lead in the 165-pound match with an escape in the second period. He put a hard ride on OSU’s No. 4 Travis Wittlake, returning him to the mat multiple times and earning the extra riding time point for the 2-0 win.

Yant was 0-3 against Wittlake coming into tonight’s dual. Yant has two losses to Wittlake in the 2021 and 2020 Big 12 Championships and in a dual at Oklahoma State in 2020. However, Yant has closed the scoring gap in each matchup and came out on top in this fourth meeting. Wittlake won 11-4 at 2021 Big 12s, 14-5 in the dual and 17-1 in the 2020 Big 12 tournament.

Wittlake is a two-time all-American, taking fourth place last year and was the No. 4 seed in 2020 when the NCAA championships were called off.

Runyon avenged a 2021 8-5 dual loss to Plott almost exactly one year ago. The top-10 win is just Runyon’s second match of the season. He returned to the lineup last week with a win over No. 20 Austin Brenner of North Dakota State. He hadn’t wrestled since March 6, 2021, when he had to medical default out of the Big 12 Championships after his first bout.

The fall over Plott is Runyon’s second top-10 career win. His only other top-19 win is also a fall (in 2:10) against tomorrow’s expected opponent, Oklahoma’s Troy Mantanona in last year’s dual.

Tied at 12-12, Keckeisen gave the Panthers their first lead of the night with a major decision over Geer, a three-time all-American who surpassed 100 wins in 2021 and was fifth at last year’s NCAAs. Keckeisen beat then-ranked No. 9 Geer in sudden victory, 4-2, in last year’s dual as well.

UNI and OSU both had new wrestlers take the mat at 197 pounds. Doug Schwab pulled the redshirt off freshman John Gunderson to face Gavin Stika, who was filling in for the reigning national champion, AJ Ferrari. Ferrari suffered injuries in a recent car crash.

Gunderson was able to draw a stall warning against Stika, but he ended up falling 4-1. Gunderson opened the season with a Grand View Open title. He was third at the Harold Nichols Open. He is now 8-4 overall and 0-1 in duals.

UNI held the 16-15 lead heading into the final bout of the night between heavyweights Gordon and Luke Surber of OSU. Gordon secured his riding time point and got a third-period escape to top Surber, 2-0, giving the Panthers the dual victory.

OTHER NOTES

This weekend’s matchups with last year’s Big 12 co-champions No. 4 OSU and No. 21 Oklahoma are the Panthers’ fifth and sixth top-20 opponents.
The UNI win over OSU pushes the Cowboys’ celebration of their 500th win at Gallagher-Iba Arena to another night.
Parker Keckeisen’s only two losses have come to top-ranked Aaron Brooks.
Panther win streaks: Yant now has won the last five duals. Runyon with two, and his only two matches of the year. Keckeisen’s streak extends to five matches.
Previous top-25 wins for UNI Panthers:
Teske (125): No. 18 Noah Surtin (Missouri) / No. 12 Sam Latona (Virginia Tech)
Biscoglia (133): No. 22 Kellyn March (North Dakota State)
Happel (141): No. 12 Allan Hart (Missouri) / No. 21 Dylan Drogemueller (NDSU)
Realbuto (149): No. 22 Michael Blockhus (Minnesota)
Yant (165): No. 13 Luke Weber (NDSU)
Pat Schoenfelder (174) : No. 9 Peyton Mocco (Missouri)
Runyon (174): No. 20 Austin Brenner (NDSU)
Keckeisen (184): No. 25 Charles Small (Hofstra)
Gordon (HWT): No. 20 Zachary Knighton-Ward (Hofstra)
UNI is 4-28 against Oklahoma State in a series that dates back to 1962. Schwab is 2-5 against the Cowboys.

FINAL RESULTS (NCAA rankings)

UNI 19, #4 Oklahoma State 15
125: #4 Trevor Mastrogiovanni (OSU) dec. #11 Brody Teske (UNI) 7-5
133: #2 Daton Fix (OSU) dec. #29 Kyle Biscoglia (UNI) 5-1
141: #19 Carter Young (OSU) dec. #20 Cael Happel (UNI) 10-6
149: #14 Kaden Gfeller (OSU) dec. #31 Colin Realbuto (UNI) 3-2
157: Derek Holschlag (UNI) dec. #12 Wyatt Sheets (OSU) 3-2
165: #17 Austin Yant (UNI) dec. #4 Travis Wittlake (OSU) 2-0
174: Lance Runyon (UNI) pinned #7 Dustin Plott (OSU) 4:59
184: #4 Parker Keckeisen (UNI) maj. dec. #9 Dakota Geer (OSU) 12-3
197: Gavin Stika (OSU) dec. John Gunderson (UNI) 4-1
285: Tyrell Gordon (UNI) dec. Luke Surber (OSU) 2-0

LORAS OPEN

Five UNI wrestlers claimed titles at the Loras Open, and five others medaled. UNI took the top two spots at 149 pounds. Adam Ahrendsen earned bonus points in every match to earn his second first-place finish of the year at an open this season. He leads the Panthers in falls, with 10 this season.

133 | Julian Farber (4-0) – first place
W – Chase Poston (Central College) 2:53 F
W – Sammy Lile (Iowa Central) 19-5 MD
W – Jayson Weidman (Loras) 19-4 TF
W – Nathaniel Genobana (Northern Illinois) 12-1 MD

141 | Connor Thorpe (4-2) – sixth place
L – Noah Mis (Northern Illinois) 5-4
W – Drew Nash (Wisconsin – Whitewater) 8-1
W – Ben Murphy (Grand View) 27-12 TF
W – Reis Ginter (Loras) 9-5
W – Kavan Troy (Northern Illinois) 10-3
L – Noah Mis (Northern Illinois) 14-2 MD

149 | Cael Rahnavardi (5-0) – first place
W – Walter Franck (Iowa State) 1:00 F
W – John Edbaugh (Upper Iowa) 4-0
W – Leo Blawou (Central) 16-1 TF
W – Traevin Osborn (Loras) 5:34
W – Ryan Moore (Thomas More) 11-9

149 | Adam Allard (3-2) – fourth place
W – Roberto Delgado (Buena Vista) 16-0 TF
W – Trevor Anderson (Grand View) 10-3
W – Sam Kallem (Grand View) 8-4
L – Ryan Moore (Thomas More) 3-0
L – Traevin Osborn (Loras) 3-1

149 | Gable Fox (0-1) – DNP
W – Camden Baard (Grand View) 6-4
L – Daniel Meeker (Loras) 6:31 F
MFF to Noah Gonzalez (St. Ambrose)

157 | Evan Yant (4-0) – first place
W – Jackson Vance (Northern Illinois) Inj. 1:28
W – Ben Foelske (Upper Iowa) 3:38 F
W – Easton Larson (Grand View) 3-1
W – Kaleb Olejniczak (UNI) 6-4

157 | Kaleb Olejniczak (4-1) – second place
W – Ryan Ojeda (Grand View) 13-2 MD
W – Andrew Herbst (Loras) 17-2 TF
W – Isaac Schimmels (Wisconsin – Platteville) 5-2
W – Aiden Vandenbush (Northwest) 7-5
L – Evan Yant (UNI) 6-4

165 | RJ Weston (4-1) – second place
W – Zach Jeanneret (Central College) 0:41 F
W – Carter Weeks (Iowa State) 1:51 F
W – Cameron Lopez (Upper Iowa) 5-2
W – Jack Ervien (Grand View) 15-0 TF
L – Jacob Shoop (Grand View) 8-0 MD

174 | Jared Simma (4-0) – first place
W – Eliott Smith (Iowa State) 2:48 F
W – Jayden Terronez (St. Ambrose) 4:52 F
W – Hayden Pummel (Northern Illinois) 2-0
W – Justin McCunn (Grand View) 5-4

174 | Carson Babcock (2-2) – fourth place
W – Jack Merlo (St. Ambrose) 1:03 F
W – Jacob Sherzer (Cornell College) 4-3
L – Justin McCunn (Grand View) 4-0
L – Hayden Pummel (Northern Illinois) 4-0

197 | Adam Ahrendsen (5-0) – first place
W – Stevie Maddox (Central College) 0:50 F
W – Trevion Sample (Iowa Central) 19-1 TF
W – Jaden Davis (Grand View) 16-1 TF
W – Evan Bates (Northwest) 5:00 F
W – Colin Murphy (Loras) 1:45 F

UP NEXT

UNI wrestling has a final road dual with No. 21 Oklahoma (6-4 / 2-3 Big 12) 2 p.m. Sunday before wrapping up the regular season with four home duals. Oklahoma is coming off a 22-9 loss to No. 7 Iowa State. Fans can watch the dual set in the McCasland Field House (4,640) on Sooner TV or via live results on Trackwrestling.

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