Who: Air Force (4-2, 1-1 Big 12) vs #17 UNI (2-4, 2-0 Big 12)
Where: West Gym | Cedar Falls, IA
When: Sunday, January 20th, 2019
The UNI Panthers return home for the first time in over a month for a dual at the West Gym. This Sunday Air Force comes to town for a Big 12 Conference dual. This is the first of three straight conference home duals for the Panthers, all taking place within seven days of each other.
In actuality, I don’t know a lot about Air Force. They had a tough dual with NDSU in early December, dropping that one 23-14. In that one 197 pounder Anthony McLaughlin took down then-top-20 ranked Cordell Eaton in sudden victory, as well as heavyweight Kayne Hutchison knocking off Brandon Metz by pinfall. Despite those upsets the Falcons were unable to come away with the win.
This is a dual UNI should win. Similar to the South Dakota State dual, just about the only way the Panthers don’t win this one is if the team all get a norovirus and can’t wrestle on Sunday. Building up younger guys, Jack Skudlarczyk, Pat Schoenfelder, and Tyrell Gordon is important and if Jay Schwarm and Izaak Shedenhelm can get wins, well that’s better than taking a loss (I know, quality analysis, but what else can you say about them at this point?). Paden Moore has been listed as an “or” on the last couple UNI dual lists, so maybe this is the point where he comes back into the lineup.
Iowa native Trey Brisker, a freshman from Wilton, Iowa, is listed as an “or” at 157 pounds for Air Force. Brisker was a 2018 Iowa state champion, placing all four years while at Wilton High. The Falcon is 6-5 on the season, finishing runner-up at the Cowboy Open back in November.
As for the heavy hitters, Max Thomsen needs to get back on the winning track. He’s lost two of his last three, and although he may not be healthy, if he’s the guy at 149 he needs to secure some wins. Taylor Lujan will be looking for blood after giving up a pinfall loss to Missouri’s #3 Daniel Lewis, and I would think that Drew Foster would be ready to wrestle after having received a forfeit from the Tigers.
Josh Alber hasn’t looked to step off the gas anytime soon, rattling off nine straight victories since December. And Bryce Steiert looked good in a 7-1 win over #13 Connor Flynn at Missouri.
The dual starts at 2PM Sunday and we’ll have all the usual coverage in all the usual places.
125: Jay Schwarm
133: Jack Skudlarczyk
141: #4 Josh Alber
149: #9 Max Thomsen
157: Pat Schoenfelder or Paden Moore
165: #9 Bryce Steiert
174: #8 Taylor Lujan
184: #6 Drew Foster
197: Tyrell Gordon
285: Izaak Shedenhelm or Carter Isley
125: Sidney Flores
133: Tony DeCesare
141: Garrett O’Shea
149: Tommy Stager
157: Alex Mossing or Trey Brisker
165: Marcus Amico
174: Randy Meneweather or Cody Surratt
184: Jake Thompson
197: Anothony McLaughlin or Casey Jumps
285: Kayne Hutchison