UNI Wrestling to Defend Home Dual Record against Oklahoma

Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications
Release: Wednesday 01/16/2013Internet: UNIPanthers.com

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -The University of Northern Iowa wrestling team will draw inspiration from an Olympic gold medalist when the Panthers defend their undefeated home record against No. 13 Oklahoma Friday.


Bill Smith, a former UNI wrestler, will be honored at the meet for his achievements. He is the United States’ oldest living Olympic wrestling gold medalist. Smith captured the gold medal in the 160.5 pound weight class at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. Smith is the only Olympic champion in UNI’s history.
“What Bill accomplished as a Panther wrestler is one of the greatest athletic accomplishments that this university has ever seen,” UNI head wrestling coach Doug Schwab said.
Smith was an NCAA national champion for the Panther wrestling squad in 1949 and 1950. He compiled a mark of 52-0-1 as a Panther collegiate wrestler. In 1950, he helped then Iowa Teachers College (now UNI) to the national team title hosted in Cedar Falls in the West Gym. Smith also captured three National AAU Freestyle national titles at 165 pounds (1949, 1950 and 1951).


UNI has faced Oklahoma 12 times since 1926 and won five of those matchups. The Sooners have never beaten the Panthers in a dual at UNI.

The series breakdown:

1926 at UNI, 26.5-9.5 (UNI)
1948 at UNI, 19-11 (UNI)
1949 at OU, 22-6 (UNI)
1950 at UNI, 24-5 (UNI)
1951 at OU, 20-8 (OU)
1952 at OU, 8-19 (OU)
1984 at OU, 29-11 (OU)
1986 at Virginia Duals, 28-24 (OU)
1988 at Virginia Duals, 21-16 (UNI)
1997 at OU, 27-3 (OU)
2001 at Texas Duals, 23-15 (OU)
2002 at OU, 31-6 (OU)

The Panthers are undefeated at home this season with wins over Ellsworth and Iowa Western community colleges. The team has outscored opponents 173-58 in duals.

UNI was a point shy of scoring an all-time high with its 56-0 win over Iowa Western. The team is ranked third in the Mid-American Conference and 27th in the nation by Intermat. With two medalists at the Midlands Championships, the team placed 13th overall.


Oklahoma has not won an individual dual meet on the road this season. They did pick up two wins at the Northeast Duals. The Sooners are 5-3 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12 Conference. With two individual champions, (Kendric Maple and Patrick (Bubby) Graham), the team placed third at Midlands. Oklahoma is ranked 13th by Amateur Wrestling News.


125 – Ryan Jauch (2-3/2-1) vs. Kyle Garcia (9-8/3-5):
After wrestling in the 133-pound weight class for the last couple of years, Jauch has moved down to 125 for his senior year. His fastest pin this year was in 1:31.
Jauch faces Kyle Garcia, a freshman from Oklahoma. Garcia was a four-time state champion in Oklahoma. He was voted wrestler of the year in high school.
133 – Levi Wolfensperger (16-4/5-0) vs. Cody Brewer (14-4/6-2):
UNI’s Wolfensperger is ranked 9th by Amateur Wrestling News, one spot ahead of Brewer. Wolfensperger, a sophomore, is a returning NCAA national qualifier for the Panthers and placed fourth at the Cliff Keen Invite earlier this year. He is undefeated in dual meets. Currently, he is ranked third in the Mid-American Conference and 12th by Intermat.
Freshman Cody Brewer was a three-time state champion in Missouri before starting at Oklahoma. He finished third at the 2010 Junior Freestyle Nationals.
141 – Joey Lazor (21-6/4-1) vs. Kendric Maple (17-0/7-0):
Joey Lazor is wrestling extremely well for UNI right now. Coach Schwab has singled out Lazor as being an example for the team. “He is wrestling really well right now,” said Schwab. “He is being aggressive and taking what he wants. We want to see that in the rest of the team.” Injury kept Lazor, a junior, out of the Panther lineup last year, but he has been an integral part of the UNI team this year. He placed seventh at the Midlands Championships and has lost just one dual match.
Lazor will challenge the top-ranked wrestler in the nation at 141 pounds, Kendric Maple. Maple was this week’s Big 12 Wrestler for the third time this season. In dual competitions, he leads the Sooners in most-points scored (34), pins (3) and near falls (7). He placed fourth last year at the NCAA national meet. Maple lost just three matches last year. He has won Midlands two years in a row and was named outstanding wrestler at last year’s tournament. In the 2011-12 season, he topped all Sooners with 72 takedowns and 23 near falls in dual action.
149 – Bart Reiter (8-2/4-0) vs. Nick Lester (11-5/4-3):
Injury slowed Reiter’s start to the season, but he has been healthy and an asset to the Panther lineup since returning. He is undefeated in dual matches this season. Three of his dual wins were pins, and the fourth was by technical fall. He has lost just two matches this season in tournaments.
Nick Lester moved up in the national rankings this week to No. 10. Lester placed fifth at this year’s Midlands. He was fourth at last year’s Midlands Championships and third at the 2012 Big 12 Championships. He is a returning NCAA national qualifier for the Sooners.
157 – David Bonin (17-4/4-1) vs. Matt Lester (12-4/4-2):
Bonin is a returning NCAA national qualifier for UNI. He holds the top ranking in the MAC at 157 pounds. He has held a national ranking for the majority of the year and lost just one dual match. “It all came down to one position,” Schawb said of his dual loss. “He got caught in a position and didn’t quite recover. The score doesn’t show how close that match really was.” Bonin won the UNI Open, was second at the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open and placed fifth at the Cliff Keen Invite.
Bonin, a senior, will face Matt Lester, who is ranked 15th in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News. He finished seventh at Midlands for the Sooners. He is a returning NCAA national qualifier and placed second at the 2012 Big 12 Conference Championships. Last year, he led the Sooners with seven reversals in dual action.
165 – Jarrett Jensen (12-8/4-1) or Riley Banach (9-7/0-0) or Kyle Lux (6-5) (0-0) vs. Patrick (Bubby) Graham (14-2/6-2):
Jensen, a redshirt freshman, has been in the UNI lineup for all of UNI’s dual meets this season. He has lost just one of those matches. He is the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open champion.
Riley Banach (9-7) placed third at the Cobber Open and fifth last weekend at the Flash Flanagan Open. He is a sophomore.
Lux, a redshirt freshman, has the team’s fastest pin this season (37 seconds). He took third at last weekend’s Flash Flanagan Open.
Graham is ranked fourth in the nation. He won the Midlands Championships for Oklahoma and is a returning NCAA national qualifier. Last year, he upset the No. 8 seed at nationals. The senior was a two-year starter for American University before joining the Sooners.
174 – Cody Caldwell (21-4/5-0) vs. Matt Reed (12-8/4-4):
Caldwell is undefeated in dual matches. He was seventh at the Cliff Keen Invite in Las Vegas, Nev. He has the second fastest pin on the team this season with 1:02 and has outscored opponents 80-16. Caldwell, a redshirt freshman, won the UNI Open and the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open.
Oklahoma will wrestle Matt Reed, a freshman. Reed only lost two matches in his last three years of prep wrestling in Kansas. He won the state championship his junior and senior years with an undefeated record.
184 – Ryan Loder (19-3/4-0) vs. Nolan McBryde (3-4/0-2):
Loder has been nationally ranked all season. He is one of four returning NCAA national qualifiers for UNI. Amateur Wrestling News has ranked him ninth in the nation, while Intermat puts him at sixth. He has given up just nine points all season to opponents (79-9). Loder’s career record (84-20) is the sixth highest winning percentage among all UNI Panthers who have had at least 50 wins and competed at least two seasons in Division I. He consistently has been UNI’s top place winner at competitive tournaments, winning the UNI Open, placing third at the Cliff Keen Invite and taking fourth at the Midlands Championships.
Loder will wrestle Oklahoma’s McBryde. The junior was 1-7 in dual action last year and finished sixth at the 2012 Lone Star Duals.
197 – Blaize Cabell (8-8/0-2) or A.J. McBroom (3-9/0-2) vs. Brad Johnson (8-8/3-4):
Cabell and McBroom are both redshirt freshmen and have wrestled two dual meets each for the Panthers. McBroom was third at the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open. Cabell was second at the William Penn Open.
Brad Johnson of Oklahoma is a freshman. He won the state tournament in Illinois as a prep wrestler his senior year. As a prep wrestler, he was ranked ninth by Intermat in the 195-pound weight class.
285 – Blayne Beale (9-6/2-2) or Cody Krumwiede (14-9/0-1) vs. Keldrick Hall (7-10/2-5):
Beale, a senior, is one of four returning NCAA national qualifiers for UNI. He has wrestled the majority of the duals for the Panthers this season. He got fourth at the UNI Open, his first meet of the season.
Cody Krumwiede, a redshirt freshman, is the William Penn Open champion. He was second at the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open and UNI Open and fifth at the Flash Flannagan Open.
Keldrick Hall, a senior, was third at last year’s Big 12 Conference Championships and upset two ranked wrestlers last year. He redshirted his freshman year.