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UNI wrestling earns eight spots in the Big 12 seeds for championships

CEDAR FALLS – UNI wrestling secured a top-eight seed in eight weight classes for the Big 12 Championships.

The Panthers will compete at the NCAA qualifying event March 5-6 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Parker Keckeisen continues to lead the Panthers in rankings at No. 4 and tops the RPI list at 184 pounds. Keckeisen, the reigning Big 12 champion, secured the top seed for this weekend’s championships.

125 POUNDS: Allocated 6 qualifiers (#NCAA ranking) – RPI
#8 Killian Cardinale (WVU)
#17 Taylor LaMont (UVU)
#16 Brody Teske (UNI)
#12 Trevor Mastrogiovanni (OSU) – 7
#15 Noah Surtin (MIZ) – 12
#18 Kysen Terukina (ISU)
#22 Joey Prata (OU) – 5
Jace Koelzer (UNC)
Jared Van Fleet (AF)
Lucas Rodriguez (NDSU)
Tanner Jordan (SDSU)
Jake Svihel (WYO)

133 POUNDS: Allocated 6 qualifiers (#NCAA ranking) – RPI
#2 Daton Fix (OSU) – 2
#21 Kyle Biscoglia (UNI) – 7
#28 Gabriel Tagg (SDSU) – 27
#24 Kellyn March (NDSU)
#25 Ramazan Attasauov (ISU) – 22
#13 Haiden Drury (UVU) – 16
#31 Tony Madrigal (OU) – 11
Job Greenwood (WYO) – 28
Sidney Flores (AF) – 32
Connor Brown (MIZ)
Dyson Kunz (UNC)
Garrett Lautzenheiser (WVU)

141 POUNDS: Allocated 7 qualifiers (#NCAA ranking) – RPI
#9 Ian Parker ISU
#6 Clay Carlson (SDSU) – 2
#7 Andrew Alirez (UNC) – 8
#13 Allan Hart (MIZ) – 6
#16 Carter Young (OSU) – 15
#23 Cael Happel (UNI) – 18
Darren Green (WYO)
#26 Dylan Droegemueller (NDSU) – 22
Cody Phippen (AF)
Jacob Butler (OU)
Ty Smith (UVU)
Caleb Rea (WVU)

149 POUNDS: Allocated 4 qualifiers (#NCAA ranking) – RPI
#15 Kaden Gfeller (OSU) – 6
#22 Willie McDougald (OU)
#17 Jarrett Degen (ISU) – 16
#18 Josh Edmond (MIZ) – 14
Colin Realbuto (UNI) – 24
Jaron Jensen (WYO) – 23
Chris Sandoval (UNC)
Gaven Sax (NDSU)
Dylan Martinez (AF)
Daniel Kimball (SDSU)
Cameron Hunsaker (UVU)
Jeffrey Boyd (WVU)

157 POUNDS: Allocated 6 qualifiers (#NCAA ranking) – RPI
#1 David Carr (ISU) – 2
#5 Jared Franek (NDSU) – 11
#17 Wyatt Sheets (OSU) -22
#20 Jarrett Jacques (MIZ) – 19
#15 Jacob Wright (WYO) – 12
#13 Justin Thomas (OU) – 16
#33 Derek Holschlag (UNI) – 32
Jaxon Garoutte (UVU)
Giano Petrucelli (AF)
Nate Moore (UNC)
Kenny O’Neil (SDSU)
Alex Hornfeck (WVU)

165 POUNDS: Allocated 4 qualifiers (#NCAA ranking) – RPI
#2 Keegan O’Toole (MIZ) – 5
#8 Peyton Hall (WVU) – 1
#13 Austin Yant (UNI) – 3
#10 Travis Wittlake (OSU)
#17 Luke Weber (NDSU) – 7
#29 Tanner Cook (SDSU)
Isaac Judge (ISU) – 33
Joe Grello (OU)
Trey Brisker (AF)
Nick Knutson (UNC)
Danny Snediker (UVU)
#30 Cole Moody (WYO)

174 POUNDS: Allocated 8 qualifiers (#NCAA ranking) – RPI
#9 Dustin Plott (OSU) – 1
#11 Cade DeVos (SDSU) – 9
#23 Anthony Mantanona (OU) – 17
#20 Lance Runyon (UNI)
#14 Hayden Hastings (WYO) – 14
#16 Peyton Mocco (MIZ) – 12
#21 Joel Devine (ISU) – 18
#25 Austin Brenner (NDSU) – 29
#31 Sam Wolf (AF) – 15
Jackson Hemauer (UNC)
Kekana Fouret (UVU)
Dennis Robin (WVU) – 33

184 POUNDS: Allocated 4 qualifiers (#NCAA ranking) – RPI
#4 Parker Keckeisen (UNI) – 1
#7 Marcus Coleman (ISU) – 3
#17 Tate Samuelson WYO
#10 Dakota Geer (OSU) – 9
Cade King (SDSU) – 19
#19 Jeremiah Kent (MIZ) – 18
Keegan Moore (OU)
DJ Parker (NDSU) – 26
Jake Thompson (AF) – 24
Xavier Vasquez (UNC)
Jacob Armstrong (UVU)
Anthony Carman (WVU) – 21

197 POUNDS: Allocated 7 qualifiers (#NCAA ranking) – RPI
#3 Stephen Buchanan (WYO) – 2
#13 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) – 14
#12 Jake Woodley (OU) – 13
#7 Yonger Bastida (ISU) – 7
#6 Rocky Elam (MIZ) – 4
#22 Owen Pentz (NDSU) – 27
#24 Alan Clothier (UNC) – 21
#25 Evan Bockman (UVU) – 30
Kayne Hutchinson (AF)
John Gunderson/Noah Glaser (UNI)
Gavin Stika (OSU)
Jackson Moomau (WVU)

HEAVYWEIGHT: Allocated 6 qualifiers (#NCAA ranking) – RPI
#6 Wyatt Hendrickson (AF) – 15
#15 Zach Elam (MIZ) – 12
#22 Sam Schuyler (ISU) – 17
#20 A.J. Nevills (SDSU) – 20
#25 Michael Wolfgram (WVU) – 22
#23 Brandon Metz (NDSU) – 19
#31 Luke Surber (OSU) – 32
#29 Josh Heindselman (OU)
#33 Jacob Seely (UNC)
#32 Tyrell Gordon (UNI) – 31 / Carter Isley
Chase Trussell (UVU)
Terren Swartz (WYO)

A total of 58 wrestlers will advance automatically from the Big 12 Championships.

Lance Runyon cracked the rankings for the first time with a top-20 spot last week. Kyle Biscoglia and Austin Yant secured top-10 RPI spots at 133 pounds and 165 pounds, respectively.

RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS / BIG 12 FINALISTS

Thirteen wrestlers expected to compete at the Big 12 Championships earned all-America honors at last year’s NCAAs.

At 125 pounds, Taylor LaMont of Utah Valley was fifth, and top-seed Killian Cardinale, West Virginia, took seventh. Daton Fix of Oklahoma State was second in the 133-pound weight class last year at the NCAAs. Clay Carlson of South Dakota State took eighth at 141 pounds. David Carr of ISU is the reigning national champion, and Wyatt Sheets of Oklahoma State took eight at 157 pounds.

At 165 pounds, Keegan O’Toole, Missouri, and Travis Wittlake of Oklahoma State finished third and fourth at the national championships. UNI’s Parker Keckeisen finished third, and Dakota Geer of Oklahoma State was fifth last year.

Three all-Americans return at 197 pounds: fifth-place finisher Rocky Elam, Missouri, sixth-place finisher Jake Woodley of Oklahoma and Stephen Buchanan, Wyoming, who took eighth.

Returning Big 12 finalists from 2021:
125: Brody Teske (UNI) – 1st / Taylor LaMont (UVU) – 2nd
133: Daton Fix (OSU) – 1st / Tony Madrigal (OU) – 2nd
141: Ian Parker (ISU) – 2nd
157: David Carr (ISU) – 1st / Jared Franek (NDSU) – 2nd
165: Luke Weber (NDSU) – 1st / Cole Moody (Wyo) – 2nd
184: Parker Keckeisen (UNI) – 1st / Tate Samuelson (Wyo) – 2nd
197: Stephen Buchanan (Wyo) – 2nd

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