Panthers Continue Ohio Trip with Kent State

Date: January 29th, 2017
Time: 1PM CST
Location: M.A.C. Center, Kent, Ohio
Video: Video stream from KSU
Stats: TrackWrestling
TrackWrestling rankings

#23 UNI Panthers 6-2 (4-0 MAC)UNI_Primary
125- Jay Schwarm
133- #14 Josh Alber
141- Jake Hodges or Tyler Willers
149- #8 Max Thomsen
157- Paden Moore
165- #10 Bryce Steiert or Isaiah Patton
174- #12 Taylor Lujan
184- #14 Drew Foster
197- Jacob Holschlag
285- JJ Everard

Kent State  2-10 (0-4 MAC) Kent State
125- Cory Simpson
133- #21 Anthony Tutolo
141- Chance Driscoll
149- Tim Rooney
157- Casey Sparkman
165- Isaac Bast
174- Jared Walker
184- Jerald Spohn
197- Stephen Suglio
285- Devin Nye

Northern Iowa continues their road trip into northeast Ohio as they take on the Golden Flashes of Kent State on Sunday. UNI is coming off of a 27-16 win against Ohio, while Kent State is struggling, falling 30-12 to NIU.

The biggest news coming out of Friday’s dual with Ohio is the status of heavyweight JJ Everard. The Panther had finally seemed to be getting over a ankle injury, winning two big matches for UNI against Iowa State and Eastern Michigan, when he went down with a right knee injury during his match with Ohio’s Zack Parker. Everard needed help getting off the mat and would forfeit his match. We’ll pass along more updates on his condition as we get them, but just from watching his match, I would guess we won’t see him against KSU.

Another big match here for UNI would be at 133 pounds, where #14 Josh Alber would take on #21 Anthony Tutolo. Kent State has forfeited the weight in their last three duals, and Tutolo hasn’t wrestled since December.

The goal in the dual should be to get a win from 141, 157, and 194 pounds. Tyler Willers and Paden Moore have struggled a little bit lately, and over the course of the season, and getting a conference win on the road can only help build their confidence. I put Jacob Holschlag on this list as well only because he is up a weight and can use all the good experience he can get.

This is a dual that I don’t really know what to talk about. Kent State lost to Ohio 43-2 last week and NIU last night, 30-12. KSU is struggling right now, and the only way they score the upset is if the bus breaks down and UNI is forced to forfeit the match. Other than that I don’t see any way the Golden Flashes can keep up with the Panthers this season.

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