Panthers Down Northern Illinois, 23-15

Jan. 28, 2011

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa wrestling team secured a 23-15 dual win over Northern Illinois Friday night in the West Gym. With the win, the Panthers move to 8-8 in dual matches this season.

UNI won seven of the 10 matches, picking up wins from Ryan Jauch (133 lbs.), Brett Robbins (149 lbs.), David Bonin (157 lbs.), Nick Pickerell (165 lbs.), Brice Wolf (174 lbs.), Ryan Loder (184 lbs.) and Christian Brantley (285 lbs.).

NIU earned a win at 125 pounds to start the match before Jauch secured a 9-0 major decision over Izzy Montemayor to give UNI the 4-3 lead after two matches.

The Huskies came right back, securing a pin at 141 pounds to go up 9-4.

Starting with an 8-2 decision for Robbins at 149 pounds, the Panthers rattled off five consecutive wins, including a major decision win for Bonin at 157 pounds. Bonin upset No. 18-ranked Bryan Deustch by a score of 14-4.

Returning to the dual lineup for the first time since Jan. 8, Pickerell scored a 3-0 decision over Matt Mougin. Wolf followed that with a 6-2 win over Caleb Busson.

Loder extended his winning streak to eight matches with a 7-1 decision over Brad Dieckhaus at 184 pounds to give the Panthers a 20-9 lead with two matches remaining.

The Huskies wouldn’t back down, scoring a pin at 197 pounds to pull the team score within five at 20-15.

Brantley secured the dual win for the Panthers with a 5-3 decision over Dakota Greenhaw.

UNI (8-8, 2-0 WWC) returns to action Feb. 4 facing Iowa State. Action from Hilton Coliseum inAmes, Iowa will begin at 7 p.m.