By Howie Thompson
The #5 Peacock wrestling team was back on the mat in Fayette for the first time in a month on Sunday. Upper Iowa defeated the University of Mary 36-9 in Dorman Gym in the Northern Sun Conference opener for both teams to improve to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference. UIU registered two wins by fall and three technical fall victories to secure the win. The home team claimed advantages of 17-9 in takedowns and 5-3 in reversals.
Maleek Williams (#7) started the dual off on the right foot for the Peacocks with a first period pin (2:43) of Josh Jensen. Williams scored a pair of takedowns and two nearfall points, but didn’t find his winning position until a reversal in the final minute of the first period gave way to his win by fall.
After Tate Barnhardt answered for the Marauders with a win by fall over Chase Seaney (2:23), Jordan Roths took the mat for the 141-pound match against Reed Cronin. Roths trailed 3-2 late in the first period when he recorded a takedown to snatch the lead, which he would not surrender. The senior from New Hampton scored an escape in the second period and a ride time point in the final period to win 6-3 and give the home team a 9-6 lead.
Damian Penichet (#1) was dominant in his match against Noah Huff scoring a takedown in the opening seconds and then adding on ten points of nearfall in the first period. Penichet closed out the bout in the second period with a second takedown and two more nearfall points to win 16-0 (4:43).
U-Mary got an upset win at 157 pounds when Dane Fischer outlasted Zak Benitz (#8) with a takedown in sudden victory to win 8-6.
Nick Georgean (#10) moved the W back to Upper Iowa’s column with his effort in the 165-pound match. The junior from Erie, Ill. claimed an 11-8 decision over Paul Michaelson thanks to an early six-point move and finish. Georgean used a two takedowns and a reversal to preserve his victory.
Colbey Vance had to rally from behind in the 174-pound match to earn his victory over Austin Eichmann. Vance trailed 5-2 midway through the second period, when he caught Eichmann in a scramble. He scored a takedown and had four nearfall points waiting in the official’s pocket when he worked his position into UIU’s second pin (4:43) on the afternoon.
Dalton Westerlund (#6) was very impressive in the 184-pound bout. The senior defeated Jonathon Pelach 19-2 (4:47) to earn the tech fall victory. Westerlund scored one takedown and added four separate four-point nearfalls to claim the win.
Ryan Parmely (#5) took a big lead early over Jacob Green in the 197-pound battle. The true sophomore scored a takedown and two nearfall points in both the first and second periods to take an 8-2 lead into the final period. In the third frame, Parmely held on to earn the 8-3 win.
Logan Hopp registered Upper Iowa’s third tech fall of the dual in the heavyweight match. Hopp dominated the bout with Dominic Tudor picking up five takedowns and a reversal while adding eight nearfall points to win 20-5 (6:41) and set the final score at 36-9.
The Peacocks will host Minot State University on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. in Dorman Gym.
Upper Iowa 36 – U-Mary 9 (Fayette, IA – Dec. 4, 2016)
125: Maleek Williams (UIU) over Josh Jensen (MARY) (Fall 2:43)
133: Tate Barnhardt (MARY) over Chase Seaney (UIU) (Fall 2:23)
141: Jordan Roths (UIU) over Reed Cronin (MARY) (Dec 6-3)
149: Damian Penichet (UIU) over Noah Huff (MARY) (TF 16-0 4:43)
157: Dane Fischer (MARY) over Zak Benitz (UIU) (SV-1 8-6)
165: Nick Georgean (UIU) over Paul Michaelson (MARY) (Dec 11-8)
174: Colbey Vance (UIU) over Austin Eichmann (MARY) (Fall 4:43)
184: Dalton Westerlund (UIU) over Jonathan Pelach (MARY) (TF 19-2 4:47)
197: Ryan Parmely (UIU) over Jacob Green (MARY) (Dec 8-3)
285: Logan Hopp (UIU) over Dominic Tudor (MARY) (TF 20-5 6:41)