UNI Panthers Wrestling Reaches Unprecedented Heights in Century-Old Program History With a Win Over Wyoming

Published 01/06/2024, 11:29 PM EST

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UNI wrestling had a good start to the new year as the University of Northern Iowa Panthers made history in Lincoln. With great enthusiasm and domination, the Panthers notched dual victories in the 100 years of program history at the Devaney Center. Northern Iowa secured its record-breaking win against the Wyoming Cowboys wrestling team and No. 7 Nebraska in a triangular.

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The UNI Panthers indeed have a storied wrestling program reaching unparalleled milestones in the centennial history. Led by Head Coach Doug Schwab, they exhibit a winning tradition on the competition mat. Let’s take a look at their recent victory.

Panthers win 800th dual in 100-year history

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UNI Wrestling celebrated the record-breaking triumph against the Cowboys. They took to their official X handle to share the victorious update. The caption reads, “𝗠𝗔𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗛𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗬 𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗬𝗗𝗔𝗬! With this afternoon’s win over Wyoming, the Panthers have recorded 8️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ dual victories in the program’s 100-year history!!! #PantherTrain | #EverLoyal’’

The Panthers defeated the Cowboys with a 36–6 score and recorded eight victories in the Big 12 opener. However, UNI has scored the highest 40 points over Wyoming in a dual since 2008. Despite that, victory for Northern Iowa also marked the program’s 800 dual meet triumph overall. Showcasing strong performances from wrestlers such as Wyatt Voelker, Ryder Downey, and Jared Simma, resulted in a convincing team win.

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The Panthers won eight of their ten games. In the 197-pound weight class, red-shirt freshman Wyatt Voelker (ranked No. 19), defeated No. 21 Joey Novak in a 5-3 decision in his first dual match of the year, which also marked a strong performance for the Panthers.

Before finally losing to No. 7 Big Ten challenger Nebraska by a score of 18–17, with the home team winning on criteria, UNI battled valiantly for every point in its matchup with the Cornhuskers and successfully secured a pair of top-ten upsets at 141 and 157 weight categories respectively.

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Coach Schwab reveals plans

Given the 36-6 victory over Wyoming, the ninth head wrestling coach of Northern Iowa, Doug Schwab also expressed his elation. ‘’ We had a winning program history. That’s how we got a lot of wins. A lot of history… We got to 800 now.’’ Coach Schwab added. Apart from that, he also showed his next triumph expectation over Nebraska as he further added, “It’s time to get to 801 and beyond’’.

The next match-up between the teams Northern Iowa Panthers Wrestling vs. Utah Valley Wolverines Wrestling will take place on Saturday 13 Jan 2024. CFU Channel 15 and FloWrestling will be providing live coverage at 7 p.m. CT. The ticket window is open.

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You can book your tickets to watch the live match by calling the ticket office at 319-273-4849 or also can buy a ticket online at UNIpanthers.com/tickets.

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Shivangi Agrawal

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