COLUMBIA, Mo. — Northern Iowa got a big victory from senior Josh Alber, but the Panthers could not keep pace with fifth-ranked Missouri Thursday in a 29-12 loss to the Tigers in a non-conference dual.

Alber, ranked eighth, scored a late takedown to beat third-ranked and two-time all-American Jaydin Eierman, 4-3, at 141 pounds.

The victory was Alber’s fourth top-20 win of the season, and first over an opponent ranked in the top-five. Alber has not lost since Dec. 16, and his streak includes a championship performance at the Midlands.

Missouri won its 32nd consecutive dual as the Tigers got pins at 133 and 174, while they recorded major decisions at 157 and heavyweight.

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UNI got a win from 12th-ranked Bryce Steiert at 157, 7-1, over No. 13 Connor Flynn. Sixth-ranked Drew Foster received a forfeit at 184.

The Panthers (2-4 overall, 2-0 Big 12) return to action Sunday at 2 p.m. when they host Air Force.

Missouri 29, UNI 12

125 — Dack Punke (M) dec. Jay Schwarm, 6-3, 133 — John Erneste (M) pinned Jack Skudlarczyk, 2:39, 141 — Josh Alber (UNI) dec. Jaydin Eierman, 4-3, 149 — Brock Mauller (M) dec. Max Thomsen, 9-3, 157 — Jarrett Jacques (M) dec. Patrick Schoenfelder, 12-4, 165 — Bryce Steiert (UNI) dec. Connor Flynn, 7-1, 184 — Drew Foster (UNI) won by forfeit, 197 — Wyatt Koelling (M) dec. Tyrell Gordon, 5-1, Hwt. — Zach Elam (M) dec. Izaak Shedenhelm, 10-2.

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