UNI’s Drew Foster has advanced to the 184-pound championship match at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Pittsburgh.
Foster scored a dramatic, 7-4 victory over Chip Ness Friday night to earn a spot in the title match against Cornell’s Maxwell Dean. The Panther senior redshirt from Burlington via Mediapolis High School, took the lead on Ness and controlled the 3rd period for the convincing victory.
Iowa’s defending 125-pound national champion, Spencer Lee, has advanced to Saturday night’s NCAA Wrestling finals, with an 11-4 victory over Nicholas Piccininni of Oklahoma State. Lee will go for his second straight national title.
Lee, the number 3 seed, pinned Sean Russell of Minnesota in 5:59 to reach the semi-finals before tonight’s win over Piccininni. Lee will face 5th seeded Jack Mueller of the University of Virginal in the finals. Mueller upset number one seed, Sebastian Rivera, of Northwestern, 6-2.
In the semi-finals at 157, Iowa’s Kaleb Young, dropped a heartbreaker to 2-seed, Tyler Berger of Nebraska, 5-3.
Young had reached the semi-finals with a 7-5 overtime victory before the Friday night defeat.
Earlier Friday, UNI’s Taylor Lujan wrestled tough against top-seeded and undefeated Mark Hall of Penn State, before dropping his semi-final match 5-3 to the Nitany Lion All-American.
The Panthers also lost Bryce Steiert in the quarters, as Arizona State’s Joshua Shields scored a 6-0 victory.
The quarter finals were not kind to the Hawkeyes or Cyclones. Iowa State did not not advance anyone to the semi-finals. Iowa lost 75 of its remaining 7 wrestlers in the quarters, including top-seed, Alex Marinelli, at 165.
Penn State and Ohio State are battling for the team title.