UNI sweeps in opener
Ex-Dodgers Teske, Lara both go 2-0 for Panthers at SDSU
BROOKINGS, S.D. — The University of Northern Iowa wrestling team returned to the mat after a 10-month hiatus here on Sunday.
Brody Teske and Triston Lara have been waiting much longer than that.
Behind two victories each from the former Fort Dodge state champions, the 23rd-ranked Panthers swept through a double dual with South Dakota State and North Dakota State at Frost Arena. UNI defeated the Jackrabbits, 28-13, and the Bison, 27-11.
Teske, the Dodgers’ only four-time state champion, saw live collegiate action for the first time in well over a year. The Penn State University transfer rallied from an 8-2 deficit to defeat Danny Vega of SDSU, 13-11, at 125 pounds in the afternoon’s opening bout.
Teske then knocked off an old high school rival, McGwire Midkiff, with a pin in 4:36 against NDSU.
“I’m always grateful for each opportunity to compete, and I had a lot of fun,” said Teske, a redshirt sophomore who left PSU for UNI almost a year ago to the day. “Competition is crucial for my growth and development at this level.
“Back to work with faith that these opportunities keep coming. Glory to God.”
Lara, a redshirt junior, put Hunter Marko in a headlock and finished his SDSU opponent off in 5:42 at 149 pounds to erase a late 6-4 deficit. The two-time FDSH gold medalist then defeated NDSU’s Jaden VanMannen, 4-2.
“It felt really good to be back out there,” said Lara, who didn’t see action a year ago. “It’s been a long time since we hit the mats.
“We got two good road wins. Time to keep the ball rolling.”
Ex-Dodgers Drew Bennett (141) and Cayd Lara (157) made their debuts as well, as the Fort Dodge foursome became the first quartet from the same high school to crack a Div. I wrestling lineup together in Iowa since 1949.
Bennett, a redshirt sophomore, lost to 22nd-ranked Clay Carlson of South Dakota State, 8-2, then came up short against North Dakota State’s Dylan Droegemueller, 12-2. Lara, Triston’s younger brother and also a redshirt sophomore, was edged by former CIML rival Cade DeVos, 10-8, before losing by decision to No. 15 Jared Franek, 5-1.
Franek was a 2020 NCAA qualfier after placing third at the Big 12 Championships.
Northern Iowa is back in action against Missouri and Arizona State in Ames this Sunday. The matches are at 2 and 4 p.m. inside Hilton Coliseum.
The Tigers are ranked 10th nationally, while the Sun Devils are 11th.
NORTHERN IOWA 28, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 13
125: Brody Teske (UNI) dec. Danny Vega (SDSU), 13-11
133: Kyle Biscoglia UNI) def. Zach Price (SDSU), by fall, 6:22
141: Clay Carlson (SDSU) dec. Drew Bennett (UNI), 8-2
149: Triston Lara (UNI) def. Hunter Marko (SDSU), by fall, 5:42
157: Cade DeVos (SDSU) dec. Cayd Lara (UNI), 10-8
165: Pat Schoenfelder (UNI) def. Kenny O’Neil (SDSU), by fall, 5:41
174: Lance Runyon (UNI) dec. Cade King (SDSU), 4-0
184: Keegan Moore (UNI) major dec. Nick Casperson (SDSU), 18-7
197: Tanner Sloan (SDSU) major dec. Tyrell Gordon (UNI), 14-1
285: Blake Wolters (SDSU) dec. John McConkey (UNI), 13-6
NORTHERN IOWA 27, NORTH DAKOTA STATE 11
125: Brody Teske (UNI) def. McGwire Midkiff (NDSU), by fall, 4:36
133: Jack Skudlarczyk (UNI) dec. Kellyn March (NDSU), 4-0
141: Dylan Droegemueller (NDSU) major dec. Drew Bennett (UNI), 12-2
149: Triston Lara (UNI) dec. Jaden VanMaanen (NDSU), 4-2
157: Jared Franek (NDSU) dec. Cayd Lara (UNI), 5-1
165: Pat Schoenfelder (UNI) dec. Luke Weber (NDSU), 7-2
174: Lance Runyon (UNI) dec. Riley Habisch (NDSU), 7-0
184: Keegan Moore (UNI) dec. T.J. Pottinger (NDSU), 6-2
197: Michael Nelson (NDSU) major dec. Tyrell Gordon (UNI), 10-1
285: Carter Isley (UNI) def. Brandon Metz (NDSU), by fall, 0:41