TULSA, Okla. — Three University of Northern Iowa wrestlers advanced to the finals of their first Big 12 Conference wrestling championships Saturday.
Max Thomsen at 149, Taylor Lujan at 174 and Drew Foster at 184 will represent the Panthers in Sunday’s title round. Iowa State was unable to advance anyone to the finals.
Thomsen won a 9-0 major decision in the quarterfinals, then defeated Iowa State’s Jarrett Degen 11-5 in the semifinal round. Lujan followed a 22-7 technical fall in the quarters with a 10-7 win over Oklahoma State’s Jacobe Smith to reach the finals. Foster was a 7-2 winner in the quarterfinals before upending Oklahoma State’s Keegan Moore in the semis, 13-8.
UNI’s Josh Alber and Jacob Holschlag suffered tough losses in the semifinals. Alber fell 2-0 to Dean Heil of Oklahoma State while Holschlag was on the short end of a 3-1 sudden victory decision against Nate Rotert of South Dakota State.
In addition to Degen, Iowa State’s Chase Straw and Marcus Harrington suffered semifinal defeats. Straw lost 12-4 to Clay Ream of North Dakota State while Harrington fell to A.J. Nevills of Fresno State.
Ian Parker and Dane Pestano join their Cyclone teammates in consolation action Sunday. Parker picked up two wins and will face Alber at 141 pounds in the consolation semifinals. Pestano also bounced back from a defeat with two victories.
Other UNI wrestlers still in contention for high finishes include Jay Schwarm (125), Logan Ryan (157), Isaiah Patton (165) and Carter Isley (285).
In the team standings, Oklahoma State leads UNI 106.5-78.
Big 12 Championships
TEAM STANDINGS – 1. Oklahoma St. 106,5, 2. Northern Iowa 78, 3. South Dakota St. 6, 4. Wyoming 59, 5. North Dakota St. 49.5, 6. West Virginia 46.5, 7. Oklahoma 46,5, 8. Utah Valley 35.5, 9. Iowa St. 34, 10. Northern Colorado 27.
SEMIFINALS — Nick Piccininni (Okla. St.) maj. dec. Christian Moody (Okla) 11-3. Zeke Moisey (W.Va.) dec. Taylor Lamont (Utah Valley) 8-5.
SEMIFINALS — Seth Gross (S. Dak. St.) maj. dec. Matt Schmitt (W.Va.) 10-2, Kaid Brock (Okla. St.) dec. Montorie Bridges (Wyo) 6-2.
SEMIFINALS — Bryce Meredith (Wyo) dec. Henry Pohlmeyer (S. Dak. St.) 4-0. Dean Heil (Okla. St.) dec. Josh Alber (UNI) 2-0.
SEMIFINALS — Max Thomsen (UNI) dec. Jarrett Degen (Iowa St.) 11-5. 149 Boo Lewallen (Okla. St.) dec. Davion Jeffries (Okla) 10-4 SV.
SEMIFINALS — Clay Ream (N. Dak. St.) maj. dec. Chase Straw (Iowa St.) 12-4. Archie Colgan (Wyo) dec. Luke Zilverberg (S. Dak. St.) 3-1 SV.
SEMIFINALS — Andrew Fogarty (N. Dak. St.) dec. Branson Ashworth (Wyo) 3-1 SV. Chandler Rogers (Okla. St.) F Demetrirus Romero (Utah Valley) 2:11.
SEMIFINALS — Taylor Lujan (UNI) dec. Jacobe Smith (Okla. St.) 10-7. David Kocer (S. Dak. St.) dec. Yoanse Mejias (Okla) 10-8.
SEMIFINALS — Drew Foster (UNI) dec. Keegan Moore (Okla. St.) 13-8. Dylan Gabel (No. Colo.) dec. Martin Mueller (S. Dak. St.) 9-2.
SEMIFINALS — Jake Smith (W. Va.) dec. Preston Weigel (Okla. St.) 4-3. Nate Rotert (S. Dak. St.) dec. Jacob Holschlag (UNI) 3-1 SV.
SEMIFINALS — Derek White (Okla. St.) dec. Dustin Dennison (Utah Valley) 8-1. AJ Nevills (Fresno St.) pinned Marcus Harrington (Iowa St) 7:27