Former Denver H.S. Wrestler Becomes 2x All-American
UNI Panthers wrestling’s Dylan Peters (Denver, IA; Denver High School) secured a second All-American title with a win over Josh Rodriguez of North Dakota State Friday night.
Peters notched his 23rd first-period fall of his career to advance in the 125-pound consolations.
“Our coaches were saying it was about time for one,” said Peters of the pin. “It’s not me. If I didn’t have my coaches or the staff that we have, I wouldn’t be where I am in this position right now.”
No. 9 seed Peters got bumped to consolations with a 10-4 loss to No. 1 seed Nathan Tomasello of Ohio State but bounced back to advance on the backside of the bracket. He will face sophomore No. 5 seed Ryan Millhof of Oklahoma Saturday morning for a chance to place as high as third. Peters is guaranteed a top-eight finish needed to find a spot on the podium. He is the 33rd Panther to earn at least two All-American titles at the Division I level.
Millhof is the Big 12 champ. Peters and he met at the Cliff Keen Invite. Millhof won by injury default and went on to place sixth.
At 157 pounds, Bryce Steiert beat Justin Staudenmayer of Brown to advance in consolations, but he lost to Nebraksa’s Tyler Berger. He was the first true freshman from UNI to qualify for the NCAA tournament since 2003.
Josh Alber’s NCAA run ended with a 14-2 major decision loss to Lehigh’s Mason Beckman in the 133-pound weight class.
Contributed By: UNI Athletic Communications