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#16 Northern Iowa defeats #3 Ohio State Wrestling 19-13 Match Breakdown and Recap


In a dual meet that swung back and forth, #16 Northern Iowa pulled off a huge upset over #3 Ohio State 19-13 in the final round of pool matches Monday afternoon. 

The dual eventually came down to the heavyweights, where Panthers’ #11 Tyrell Gordon came in clutch and secured the win over Buckeyes’ #13 Tate Orndorff. This keeps the Panthers unbeaten in the Collegiate Duals and sets up a championship dual with #7 Iowa State tomorrow night.

125 – #11 Malik Heinselman over Kyle Golhoffer, 12-5

Ohio State’s #11 Malik Heinselman continues to look sharp, with a 12-5 win over Northern Iowa’s Kyle Golhoffer. Heinselman found his offense right away, scoring four quick takedowns in the opening period. Heinselman continued to run up the score in the second period, scoring another takedown and accumulating over two minutes of riding time going into the third period. Heinselman stayed in great position in the third period, and worked to get his decision win.

133 –  Nic Bouzakis over #10 Kyle Biscoglia, 9-6

The first two periods were scoreless until Northern Iowa’s #10 Kyle Biscoglia scored an escape and takedown over Ohio State’s Nic Bouzakis. However, Bouzakis quickly reversed Bisoglia, and locked up a super tight near-side cradle for four backpoints and the big victory. This was all after a great ride from Biscoglia in the second period, but he got too comfortable and allowed Bouzakis out.

141 – #7 Cael Happel over #20 Dylan D’Emilio, 7-5

Buckeyes’ #20 Dylan D’Emilio scored the opening takedown of the bout, and impressively was able to ride #7 Happel for nearly a minute. However, Panthers #7 Happel reversed D’Emilio with short time left in the first period. The match was tied up 3-3 going into the third period, and with D’Emilio having over a minute of riding time, Happel had to push for a score. After the majority of the third period of consistenting of hand-fighting, Happel blasted in with short time and got the takedown. However, D’Emilio got the escape to tie it, and sent it into sudden victory where Happel scored right away for the win.

149 – #24 Colin Realbuto over #3 Sammy Sasso, 9-7

Ohio State’s #3 Sammy Sasso looked good to start the match, but Panthers’ #24 Colin Realbuto turned the tables in the second period with a reversal and backpoints. Sasso looked unstoppable in his last match, yet couldn’t find a takedown until late in the third period over Realbuto. Realbuto had the riding time advantage, and stayed in great position throughout the match to earn himself a massive upset at 149-pounds.

157 – Isaac Wilcox vs. Derek Holschlag, 6-2

After the big upset at 149-pounds, Northern Iowa’s Derek Holschlag continued the momentum into the first period, getting the opening takedown. However, Buckeye’s Isaac Wilcox fired back, getting a takedown of his own in the second period. Holschlag responded with another takedown in the third period, and continued the momentum into 165-pounds.

165 –  #12 Austin Yant over Gavin Brown, 11-1

Panthers’ #12 Austin Yant got on his offense right away, scoring a takedown within 20 seconds and getting to work on top. Yant is his best on top, and he was cranking Brown over throughout the bout. Yant had over three minutes of riding time, and picked up a major decision to extend Northern Iowa’s lead.

174 – #7 Ethan Smith over #12 Lance Runyon, 6-4

Ohio State’s #7 Ethan Smith struck first, taking down Panthers’ #12 Lance Runyon less than a minute into the first period. Smith continued on his attacks, getting another takedown in the second. Runyon was in on a few good shots himself, and eventually got his takedown with just seconds to go in the second period. Despite the win, Smith was reversed and ridden out to end the third.

184 – #3 Parker Keckeisen over #4 Kaleb Romero, 3-1

In a top-5 ranked matchup, Northern Iowa’s #3 Parker Keckeisen picked up a huge win for the Panthers over Ohio State’s #4 Kaleb Romero. Romero scored first in the bout, getting an escape early into the second period after a scoreless first. Keckeisen scored on a slick single-leg to get the first takedown of the match. Keckeisen used good positioning to defend off numerous shots by Romero in the third, and once again another big win for the Panthers.

197 – #15 Gavin Hoffman over Noah Glaser, 18-7

#15 Gavin Hoffman got to work fast over Northern Iowa’s Noah Glaser, as Hoffman was trying to put up as many points as possible in order to get a major decision to help the Buckeyes win the dual. Hoffman was pouring on points in the second period, scoring 12 points going into the third period. Hoffman continued that, and got the hard-earned major decision at 197-pounds to decide the dual meet at heavyweight.

285 – #13 Tate Orndorff over #11 Tyrell Gordon, 3-2

In the final match of the round to decide the dual, Panthers’ #11 Tyrell Gordon knocked off Ohio State’s #13 Tate Orndorff 0-0. Gordon scored first with a takedown, and got an escape in the second to extend his lead to 3-1. In the third, Gordon was able to hold Orndorff off, as he pressured hard looking to score, but couldn’t find it.

FINAL – Northern Iowa over Ohio State, 19-13

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

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