UNI Wrestlers Prepare For Oklahoma Dual

By Jake Bemis, Reporter

Tools

By Grant Burkhardt

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — With a big match-up against the University of Oklahoma looming, it may be easier for the Northern Iowa wrestling team to put arguably its worst loss of the season behind them.

The Panthers fell, 19-18, to Air Force on Sunday, just their second dual loss this season.

“You got to have a short memory sometimes for the bad, and (Sunday) wasn’t a good performance,” Coach Doug Schwab said on Monday. “We told our guys when they got off the plane they leave it behind and move forward. We challenge our guys that we take this in the right way. It’s a response for the good.

“We’ve got to compete with more passion. Wrestling is too tough of a sport to go out there and go through the motions. I’ll put that on me as a coach. I’ve got to have my guys more ready and sharp. We have to fight and hustle and battle more.”

Before their match against Air Force, the Panthers were on a roll to start the new year. UNI was 2-0 by a combined 96-6 and had a total of 11 place-winners in two open tournaments.

David Bonin led the way with his No. 1 ranking in the Mid-American Conference at the 157 pounds.

“(Bonin) had a bad match, but he really got caught in one position,” Schwab said of Bonin’s loss on Sunday. “A lot of times that’s enough. We’ve got to get the ship right because he’s got a good guy coming in on Friday.”

UNI returns to the mat on Friday, hosting Oklahoma and honoring Bill Smith, the school’s only Olympic gold medalist and the oldest living gold medalist from the 1952 Olympics.

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.


read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG