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#22 Northern Iowa vs Lock Haven Wrestling Collegiate Duals Preview

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To kick off the 2022-2023 Journeymen Collegiate Wrestling Duals, Lock Haven will take on #22 Northern Iowa in the first round of the red pool grouping on Monday morning at the New Orleans Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The dual is scheduled for 10 a.m. and can be live-streamed on Rofkin. 

Northern Iowa will compete in their first dual of the season against Lock Haven, and come into the contest with eight wrestlers ranked within the top-25. Northern Iowa most recently hosted the UNI Open, and now have to shift towards dual meet competition as they face #3 Ohio State shortly after. For Lock Haven, they come into the duals with a 1-2 record, however both losses have come to top-10 opponents in #1 Penn State, and #7 NC State. 

Similar to the structure of last years’ duals, the 12 teams competing are split into two pools, red and blue. Both pools consisting of six teams will not cross over at any time during the dual tournament, and there will be separate medal matches for both pools.

125 –  #22 Anthony Noto vs. Kyle Golhoffer

Lock Haven’s Anthony Noto has continued his momentum into the 2022-2023 season, as the 2021-2022 NCAA Qualifier comes into the Collegiate Duals with a 10-1 record. Noto’s only loss on the year so far has come to Air Force’s Tucker Owens, and continues to be a staple in the Lock Haven lineup. For Northern Iowa, Kyle Golhoffer (3-4) has wrestled in a lot of tight matches against ranked wrestlers, and can pose a problem to the majority of 125-pounders. Golhoffer proved that at the Cliff Keen Invitational, after dropping a close 4-2 bout against Oregon State’s Brandon Kaylor, and a 6-4 loss to Michigan’s Kurt McHenry. This match will be interesting to see how it plays out, as Golhoffer has proved to wrestle in a lot of close matches.

133 – Gable Strickland vs. #10 Kyle Biscoglia

In a 133-pound weight class that was stacked at the Cliff Keene Invitational, Panthers’ #10 Kyle Biscoglia (10-2) placed third, and had eye-opening victories over Northwestern’s #12 Chris Cannon, and Michigan’s #6 Dylan Ragusin. Biscoglia has now cracked the top-10 at 133-pounds and is the first of two Panthers ranked within the top-10. For Lock Haven, Gable Strickland (11-4) has impressed to start the year. Strickland just won the George Mason Patriot Open this past weekend, and it will be interesting to see what kind of feel he will give to Biscoglia.

141 – Tyler Dilley/Ty Linsenbigler vs. #7 Cael Happel

Northern Iowa has a solid one-two punch at 133 and 141-pounds with #10 Kyle Biscoglia and now #7 Cael Happel (8-1). After finishing his freshman season with a 17-10 record, Happel has shown to make big improvements as he placed second at a tough Cliff Keen Invitational weight class. Happel’s only loss on the season has come to Nebraska’s #5 Brock Hardy, and that was in the Cliff Keen Invitational finals losing the bout 6-1. It’s not completely sure who Lock Haven will send out at 141-pounds, but Ty Linsenbigler has had previous experience this year with top-10 ranked opponents, so they may look to him to step up.

149 – Connor Eck/Nicholas Stonecheck vs. #24 Colin Realbuto

Although it’s not clear who Lock Haven plans to send out at 149-pounds, Nicholas Stonecheck (12-3) seems to be the option based on wrestling more this season and being in the dual lineup more often than Eck. However, either wrestler will have their hands full with Northern Iowa’s #24 Colin Realbuto (7-3). Realbuto is coming off a very impressive 2021-2022 season, as he placed third at the Big 12 tournament and qualified for the NCAA Tournament with a 18-12 record. Realbuto continues that into this year as he starts the season 7-3, and placed eighth at the Cliff Keen Invitational.

157 – Ashton Eyler vs. Derek Holschlag

Lock Haven’s Ashton Eyler comes into the contest with a 12-5 record, as the 2021-2022 NCAA Qualifier has returned for his final year. Eyler most recently placed second at the George Mason Patriot Open, and looks forward to a matchup with Northern Iowa’s Derek Holschlag. Holschlag is 6-2 coming into the Collegiate Duals, and suffered both losses at the Cliff Keen Invitational. The two seniors will square off at 157-pounds, and could be a big win for the Bald Eagles.

165 – Avery Bassett vs. #12 Austin Yant

Northern Iowa’s #12 Austin Yant has been perfect to start the year (7-0). Although Yant medically forfeited out of the Cliff Keen Invitational semifinals and placed sixth, it is unsure if Yant will be in the lineup for the Panthers. If Yant isn’t ready to go, look for the Panthers to send out Christian Minto or Cayd Lara. Now a Bald Eagle, Avery Bassett transferred from George Mason this past summer. Bassett had a 24-9 record in his freshman year at George Mason, and now finds himself in the starting lineup for Lock Haven.

174 – Tyler Stoltzfus vs. #12 Lance Runyon

Panthers’ #12 Lance Runyon has yet to make his 2022-2023 season debut, however there is a chance he makes an appearance on Monday morning. If not, there is a good chance the Panthers will send out Jared Simma. Lock Haven’s Tyler Stoltzfus has been on the mat a lot to start the season, and comes into the Collegiate duals with a 15-5 record. Stoltzfus just placed third at the George Mason Patriot Open, and it will be interesting to see if he faces his first top-15 ranked opponent this year in Runyon.

184 – Colin Fegley vs. #3 Parker Keckeisen

#3 Parker Keckeisen comes in as Northern Iowa’s highest ranked wrestler, and has a 6-1 record. Keckeisen’s only loss came to NC State’s #2 Trent Hidlay in the finals at the Cliff Keen Invitational. Keckeisen continues to dominate despite his first loss of the year, and will take on Lock Haven’s Colin Fegley at 184-pounds. Fegley has a 6-5 record to start the year, and will look to keep the damage to a minimum for the Bald Eagles.

197 – Brad Morrison vs. Wyatt Voelker

Northern Iowa’s Wyatt Voelker continues to make noise and is close to cracking the top-25 at 197-pounds. Voelker is 12-0 to start his season, and just won the UNI Open this past weekend. Voelker will face off against Lock Haven’s Brad Morrison (6-7), who is a true freshman. Morrison was a PIAA State runner-up, and finished high school with a 134-26 record.

285 – #16 Isaac Reid vs. #11 Tyrell Gordon

If Lock Haven’s #16 Isaac Reid returns to the mat this season on Monday morning, we could be in for a main even at 285-pounds. Reid is set to wrestle Northern Iowa’s #11 Tyrell Gordon, however Reid has yet to make his debut for the 2022-2023 season. If Reid is out, the Bald Eagles most recently sent out Ethan Miller in dual competition, so they could look to that again on Monday. Northern Iowa’s Gordon comes into the duals with a 8-3 record, and placed fifth at the Cliff Keen Invitational. If both top-20 heavyweights step out onto the mat Monday morning, we could be in for a treat at 285-pounds.

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Cael Turnbull
Cael Turnbull
Journalism Major at Temple University Graduating in May of 2023

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