Panthers fall at Missouri, Alber defeats #3 Eierman


Josh Alber celebrates after defeating #3 Jaydin Eierman in the UNI-Missouri dual meet | Photo Mark Lundy,

The UNI Panthers fell Thursday night to the #5 Missouri Tigers, 29-12, dropping seven of the ten matches on the night. Missouri boasts ranked wrestlers at every weight but 125 and 197, and they put on a show for their hometown fans.

Josh Alber came away with the biggest win of the night for the Panthers, dropping #3 Jaydin Eierman 4-3 on a takedown with short time left in the third period. The pair went into the 2nd period scoreless, with Alber having taken a few shots but not finishing any. They were tied at 2 after that period on an escape by Alber followed by an Eierman takedown. Alber escaped to tie it up again going to the third.

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Alber secures the go-ahead takedown against Eierman | Photo: Mark Lundy,

Both men were more aggressive in the third, with Eierman nearly scoring a takedown on the edge with about a minute left and Alber nearly scoring but the pair going out of bounds on the restart. With about 20 seconds left, Alber was able to get in on a single leg, switch to the double and secure the upset.

At 165 pounds Bryce Steiert was able to get a solid 7-1 win over #13 Connor Flynn. Steiert scored a takedown with short time left in the first period, then rode Flynn out of the second to take a 2-0 lead into the third. After a reversal and a couple of stall points, Steiert was able to come away with the win.

Jay Schwarm took the mat first for the Panthers, he dropped a 6-3 decision to Dack Punke. Punke used a pair of double legs to score two takedowns, and despite a Schwarm third period rideout, was able to get the win.

#10 John Erneste showed why he’s ranked 10th. Jack Skudlarczyk was in on a low single, but Erneste was able to lock up a cradle and get the pinfall win in the first period.

Max Thomsen took the mat at 149 pounds and did not look like himself. Thomsen gave up a takedown to #12 Brock Mauller with three seconds left in the first period, and then gave up a four point nearfall in the second on a Mauller tilt. Trailing 6-1 going into the third, Thomsen was able to connect on just one takedown and never quite had the intensity needed at that point. Mauller won, 8-3.

#10 Jarrett Jacques won by major decision over Pat Schoenfelder. Schoenfelder did a good job of holding Jacques off for a little while, but he just proved to be too much for the Panther.

At heavyweight Izaak Shedenhelm was a little closer to #16 Zach Elam’s weight, but Shedenhelm still wasn’t able to get much offense going against the larger Elam. Shedenhelm did put on a little bit of a ride in the third period, and hit a textbook knee tap, but other than that it was all Elam. The Tiger won 10-2.

UNI will return home for the first time in a month on Sunday, as they take on Air Force in the West Gym in their third Big 12 dual of the season.

#6 Missouri 29, #14 UNI 12
125: Dack Punke won by decision, 6-3, over Jay Schwarm
133: #10 John Erneste won by pinfall over Jack Skudlarczyk
141: #4 Josh Alber won by decision, 4-3, over #3 Jaydin Eierman
149: #12 Brock Mauller won by decision, 8-3, over #9 Max Thomsen
157: #19 Jarrett Jacques won by major decision, 11-3 , over Pat Schoenfelder
165: #9 Bryce Steiert won by decision, 7-1, over #13 Connor Flynn
174: #3 Daniel Lewis won by pinfall over #8 Taylor Lujan
184: #6 Drew Foster won by forfeit
197: Wyatt Koelling won by decision, 5-1, over Tyrell Gordon
285: #16 Zach Elam won by major decision, 10-2, over Izaak Shedenhelm