CEDAR FALLS — Coach Doug Schwab earned his first win against Iowa State since taking over the Northern Iowa wrestling program.
The Panthers topped the Cyclones 24-13, which was the Panthers’ biggest margin over Iowa State since 1951.
The No. 5 Panthers beat the No. 17 Cyclones 22-6 in 1951.
“Our seniors wanted to go out beating them,” said Schwab. “We wanted to continue building and make a statement.”
UNI remains just one of three teams unbeaten in the top 25, improving to 10-0. They are 5-0 in the Mid-American Conference.
Iowa State got the early lead at its strongest weight class. No. 2 Kyven Gadson earned a major decision. However the Panthers would take the next five, earning bonus points at 125 pounds with a major decision by No. 6 Dylan Peters, a tech fall by 133-pounder Joe Colon and a first-period pin by No. 14 Joey Lazor.
Headed into this weekend, top-ranked Colon was third in the nation for tech falls. He now has eight on the season.
Iowa State got the next three, but No. 5 Ryan Loder extended UNI’s lead with a 5-0 decision.
The Panthers got their win in front of the second sold-out house this season.
“Our guys feed off (the crowd) and love it,” said Schwab. “We tell our guys - win or lose - let’s try to score points and make it exciting for fans.”
UNI’s last undefeated season (10-0) was in 1956 under Bill Koll. The team took 10th at that year’s national tournament.