MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — UNI wrestling capped a solid weekend of competition on the mat on Sunday afternoon as the Panthers picked up a 20-12 dual win over the West Virginia Mountaineers on the road in Big 12 competition. The Panthers are now 7-0 all-time in duals against West Virginia, and 4-0 under head coach Doug Schwab.
After Kyle Gollhofer dropped a hard fought bout at 125 pounds, Kyle Biscoglia (133 pounds) took the lead early in his match, heading into the third period with no points scored against him by David Rhoads. Finishing the match with an 8-4 decision, Biscoglia earned his team-leading 17th victory of this season.
Attacking straight off the whistle, No. 7 Cael Happel (141 pounds) rolled in his bout against No. 28 Jordan Titus, scoring his first takedown in just fifteen seconds. Happel scored bonus points with a 13-4 major decision win to put UNI ahead 7-3.
No. 11 Colin Realbuto took on No. 25 Sam Hillegas in a tightly contested match at 149 pounds. Going back and forth in the first two periods, the third period brought all the action with a takedown from Hillegas, quickly followed by a counter attack from Realbuto with a reversal. Realbuto would hold on for the 10-7 decision to improve to 6-1 in Big 12 duals this season.
The Panthers dropped the next two bouts, but not without putting up a fight. Derek Holschlag (157 pounds), locked in a tight 1-1 bout with Caleb Dowling, narrowly lost in sudden victory on a quick takedown, while Austin Yant (165 pounds) dropped only his second match of the season. Facing off against the reigning Big 12 runner-up in Peyton Hall, Yant was able to score a reversal before giving up a pair of takedowns and an escape in a 5-2 loss.
Lance Runyon showed impressive technique at 174 pounds against Scott Joll with an early takedown in the first period. Runyon pounced on Joll in the second period with 5 additional points and picked up riding time for an 8-1 decision, securing his 3rd win of the year.
Continuing his hot streak with an abundance of takedowns, Parker Keckeisen defeated No. 25 Anthony Carman in a 14-4 major decision with 6 takedowns, plus a caution point and riding time. Keckeisen improves to 16-1 on the season and 10-0 in duals this season.
Kalob Runyon made the first dual start of his collegiate career on Sunday at 197 pounds with a 9-2 victory over Brian Finnerty. The Pleasant Hill, Iowa product scored a pair of takedowns in the first period to grab his 9th victory of his redshirt freshman campaign.
#14 UNI 20, RV WEST VIRGINIA 12
RESULTS (NCAA/ (Intermat / FloWrestling rankings)
125 | (4/9) Killian Cardinale (WVU) dec. Kyle Gollhofer (UNI), 11-7
133 | #11 (11/18) Kyle Biscoglia (UNI) dec. Davin Rhoads (WVU), 8-4
141 | #7 (10/9) Cael Happel (UNI) maj. dec. #28 (NR/HM) Jordan Titus (WVU), 13-4
149 | #11 (14/13) Colin Realbuto (UNI) dec. #25 (25/21) Sam Hillegas (WVU), 10-7
157 | Caleb Dowling (WVU) dec. #20 (20/19) Derek Holschlag (UNI), 3-1 SV-1
165 | #8 (10/11) Peyton Hall (WVU) dec. #12 (13/23) Austin Yant (UNI), 5-2
174 | (13/12) Lance Runyon (UNI) dec. Scott Joll (WVU), 8-1
184 | #1 (2/2) Parker Keckeisen (UNI) maj. dec. #25 (32/HM) Anthony Carman (WVU), 14-4
197 | Kalob Runyon (UNI) dec. Brian Finnerty (WVU), 9-2
285 | (25/19) Michael Wolfgram (WVU) dec. #11 (15/12) Tyrell Gordon (UNI), 7-4
The Panthers return to the McLeod Center for their final home dual on Friday night hosting No. 3 Iowa State on senior night. Competition is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. CT with live results available on TrackWrestling and live video on FloWrestling.