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No. 17 WVU Wrestling Falls to No. 18 Northern Iowa in Final Big 12 Bout



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The No. 17 ranked West Virginia wrestling team finished up Big 12 competition with a X-X loss to No. 18 Northern Iowa on Sunday afternoon in Cedar Falls.

After the meet was tied at 12-12 following Peyton Hall’s technical fall victory at 165 pounds, Northern Iowa claimed the final four matches to pull away. The Panthers remain perfect against the Mountaineers, now holding an 8-0 all-time advantage.

West Virginia closed with a 2-5 record in the conference for the second consecutive season, while slipping to 9-5 overall. All five of the Mountaineers’ losses came against fellow ranked opponents.

The Mountaineers still have the opportunity to reach 10 wins for a second straight year in the regular season finale against Glenville State on Feb. 18 inside the WVU Coliseum.

This would be the 18th time the Mountaineers have reached double-digit wins in a season and just the second since 2014.

West Virginia and Northern Iowa split the first six matches to force the 12-all tie.

Jett Strickenberger defeated No. 28 Trever Anderson 9-6 to begin the match at 125 pounds. Northern Iowa’s Julian Farber scored a technical fall over Mason Mills at 133 and No. 6 Cael Happel took down No. 11 Jordan Titus via an 11-3 major decision at 141.

This was just Titus’ second loss of the season, the first coming to then-No. 6 ranked Tagen Jamison of Oklahoma State.

Mountaineers freshman Ty Watters scored an 8-0 major decision over Cael Rehnavardi at 149 before Alex Hornfeck fell to No. 12 Ryder Downey 5-3 at 157.

Hall’s 21-5 technical fall tied the match before Northern Iowa made its run.

Brody Conley dropped a slim 5-4 decision to Jared Simma at 174. No. 1 ranked Parker Keckeisen defeated Dennis Robin via technical fall at 184. No. 20 Wyatt Voelker beat Austin Cooley 8-1 at 197.

Northern Iowa heavyweight Tyrell Gordon defeated Tristan Kemp with a 6-1 sudden death victory to close the match.

The Mountaineers’ regular season finale against Glenville State will be broadcasted live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

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