CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa’s wrestling team landed one of the top transfers in the nation when Oklahoma State redshirt freshman Keegan Moore confirmed to The Courier Monday he is leaving the Cowboys to wrestle for the Panthers.
Moore will join brother Paden, a junior to be, on UNI’s roster. Moore will have three years of eligibility left and projects anywhere from 174 to 197. The Moores’ older brother, Cooper, wrestled at UNI from 2012-17 and was a three-time NCAA qualifier.
“You know, I’ve been thinking about it the past month and a half,” Moore told The Courier. “I was feeling I wanted to be closer to home, and joining my brother was a big part of the decision.
“We’re trying to hit some goals and accomplish some things, and both my brother and I feed off each and raise each other’s level. Plus, UNI has a lot of good history and it is a place that feels like home.”
Moore was a three-time Minnesota state champion at Jackson County Central and a top-50 recruit when he signed with OSU.
This past season he went 18-10 as a redshirt freshman, qualifying for the NCAA Championships in Cleveland at 184 pounds where he went 0-2.
He joins a deep and talented group of wrestlers at UNI, including two-time NCAA qualifier Taylor Lujan at 174, All-American Drew Foster at 184 and All-American Jacob Holschlag at 197.
“There is some very high level of competition in the room at those weights,” Moore said. “I’m the type of guy who looks at it that I’m not going to take a back seat to anybody and find a way onto our team.
“I’m hoping we all benefit from each other and come out stronger because of it.”