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No. 9 Northern Iowa hands No. 4 Oklahoma first loss of season, 19-17

The University of Northern Iowa edged the Oklahoma Sooners, 19-17, Sunday
The University of Northern Iowa edged the Oklahoma Sooners, 19-17, Sunday
University of Northern Iowa; University of Oklahoma

In a battle of undefeated teams, ninth-ranked University of Northern Iowa wrestling knocked off No. 4 University of Oklahoma, 19-17, at McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla. Sunday afternoon.

It was the first time the UNI Panthers had defeated a Top Ten team in a decade (that team being Iowa State, in 2004).

The UNI Panthers lept to a quick 12-0 lead by winning the first three matches… but the Sooners bounced back. Each team could claim victories in five matches; each squad also put bonus points on the board in two of their wins. Oklahoma got major decision victories from 2013 NCAA champ Kendric Maple and Andrew Howe at 149 and 174 pounds, respectively… while Northern Iowa got a major from Ryan Loder at 184, and a fall from 141-pounder Joey Lazor, providing a critical difference in the team point tally.

"It was a good team win," UNI head coach Doug Schwab said. "We're going to feel a little bit good about ourselves, but not for very long. We have a big turnaround for us Friday with Missouri and we hope to have a huge crowd for it."

By contrast, Sooner head coach Mark Cody was understandably disappointed with the outcome.

“Sometimes it takes courage to go out and attack how we ask you to, and I didn’t see it today," said Cody. "I think they (UNI) got some bonus points where we didn’t expect them to get them. I was really surprised even with the closer matches that we had."

With the win, Northern Iowa is now 6-0 overall, and 3-0 in the Mid-American Conference; Oklahoma drops to 7-1 for the season, but remains 2-0 in the Big 12.

Match Results

  • 125: No. 7 Dylan Peters (UNI) dec. No. 5 Jarrod Patterson (OU), 4-1
  • 133: No. 1 Joe Colon (UNI) dec. No. 8 Cody Brewer (OU), 7-5
  • 141: No. 15 Joey Lazor (UNI) pinned No. 10 Nick Lester (OU), 2:06
  • 149: No. 3 Kendric Maple (OU) maj. dec. Tyler Patten (UNI), 10-1
  • 157: No. 19 Justin DeAngelis (OU) dec. Jarrett Jensen (UNI), 17-15 OT
  • 165: No. 11 Cooper Moore (UNI) dec. Clark Glass (OU), 6-2
  • 174: No. 1 Andrew Howe (OU) maj. dec. Cody Caldwell (UNI), 22-8
  • 184: No. 5 Ryan Loder (UNI) maj. dec. Danny Chaid (OU), 13-0
  • 197: No. 3 Travis Rutt (OU) dec. Jared Bartel OR Basil Minto (UNI), 6-3
  • Hwt: No. 18 Ross Larson (OU) dec. Blaize Cabell (UNI), 5-4

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