NCAA Ranked UNI Wrestlers

NCAA Ranked UNI Wrestlers

October 26, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


BRAD: The UNI wrestling team picked up two more Big 12 wins in home dual victories over Northern Colorado and the Oklahoma Sooners. The Panthers success in duals this year can be attributed directly to the incredible balance and depth on this year’s team. Here’s a break-down of the six UNI Panthers that are nationally ranked in the first NCAA coaches panel rankings. The Panther Wrestling
program is loaded this season with six student
athletes ranked nationally. At 125 pounds Junior Jay
Schwarm is ranked 29th and he’s coming off his best
weekend of the year with as he pinned the 17th
ranked wrestler on Friday and Oklahoma’s
Moody on Sunday. Schwarm is ranked in the
top-10 for most career falls in UNI
history with 29. 21 of thos falls have
come in the first period. 141 pound Senior Josh
Alber has qualified for three NCAA tournaments
and is ranked 6th in the nation. He has won 12 straight
matches and 101 career matches for the Panthers. He has defeated 18 top 20
ranked wrestlers in his career. At 149 pounds two time
NCAA qualifier Max Thomsen is ranked 10th
in the nation. The junior was an
All-American in 2017 and has looked dominant this
season with a 2nd place finish at Midlands and
several top 20 victories. Junior Bryce Steiert is
ranked 12th in the country at 165 pounds. Coming off a redshirt
season, Steiert has looked strong this season
including a pin over Northern Colorado and a
tech fall over Oklahoma’s Hansen this past weekend. Bryce is a two time
NCAA qualifier. Junior Taylor
Lujan ranks No. 8 at the 174 weight class. A two time NCAA qualifier,
Lujan finished 2nd at Midlands and has posted a
20 win 3 loss record this season. He is the reigning Big 12
champion at 174 pounds. Senior Drew Foster, is
ranked sixth in the nation at 184 pounds. The two time NCAA
qualifier was an All-American in 2017 and
Big 12 champion in 2018. Foster won the Midlands
Championships and has racked up several top
10 victories this year. The Panthers final home
dual will be on February 21st at 7pm against
in-state rival and Big 12 rival Iowa State. BRAD: Recent UNI athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Gary Kelley, has delivered a number of breathtaking art pieces to the university. But did you know, that he’s also provided his artistic look to the NBA, the Kentucky Derby, and the Super Bowl. In honor of the big game, here’s a couple NFL stories that Gary’s experienced over the years. BRAD: UNI alum, Gary Kelley,
was inducted into the UNI Athletics Hall of Fame
this past fall for his many artistic
contributions to Panther Athletics. Throughout his career Gary
crafted art work for many high-profile clients
across the nation including one client
he found particularly rewarding. Gary: Building my career as an
artist I was fortunate enough to get the
attention of the NFL. I did a lot of work for
them over the years, was very good friends with
their senior art director of the guy that was art
director for the entire NFL franchises, everybody. And really enjoyed that. Two major highlights of
his work with the NFL was creating the official
artwork for Super Bowl 24 in New Orleans and
creating a Super Bowl 20 portrait of one of his
favorite Chicago Bears. This was the Super
Bowl quarter Century. That’s the ticket
from that year. And the art director at
the NFL knew I was a Bears fan, so he said do you
want to do the fold out for the Bears Super Bowl
win, the big one in 1986 I think it was. So since one of their
utmost imposing players was Richard Dent and it
was a fold out, I thoughtt I’m just going to do
Richard Dent because he was the MVP. I met him at the NBA
All-Star game when I did put the poster for them
and I introduced myself and said I’m the guy that
did that portrait of you for the history of the
Super Bowl book and you said you are? why’d you make
my head so small? And then I ran into him
again because I did a tribute to Walter
Payton in Chicago. I got to spend time with
his family after you know about five years ago after
he died Richard that was there too.Where you to
stand around to eat and drink and have an evening
and he had forgotten. And then the next day
Linda and I right across the street downtown
Chicago and it’s big SUVs at the stoplight waiting
for us and honked and honked and yelled. Yeah, I got a green light. And it was Richard Dent. BRAD: From one Bears fans to another, I want to thank Gary for his time and sharing his memorable pieces of work. We keep things rolling as we have more on the UNI basketball team, and we go mic’d up with a women’s basketball player at camp. Stay tuned for more Panther Sports Talk There are over 400
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