Wrestling: UNI Grappler Claims a Title

Drew Foster became UNI’s first Division I wrestling national champion since 2000, defeating Max Dean of Cornell, 6-4, during the 184 pound title match on Saturday evening in Pittsburgh.

UNI hadn’t had a finalist since 2005, and the Panthers’ last champion was Tony Davis, who won at 149 pounds nearly two decades ago.

Foster’s route to the title included Friday wins against Virginia Tech’s Zack Zavatsky in the quarterfinals and a decision against Chip Ness of North Carolina in the semis.

Now 14 UNI wrestlers have combined for 22 titles.

At 165, Bryce Steiert also earned All-American status on Saturday, taking the podium in 8th at his weight, falling to Iowa’s Alex Marinelli 9-3 during his final bout of the competition.

Foster and Steiert bring UNI’s All-America medal count to 125; 11 under head coach Doug Schwab.

As a team, the Panthers finished in 13th place with 40.5 points, the program’s highest finish during the competition since Schwab became head coach in 2011.

Results by Competitor
184 – Drew Foster 5-0
165 – Bryce Steiert 3-3

125 – Jay Schwarm 2-2
141 – Josh Alber 1-2
149 – Max Thomsen 3-2
174 – Taylor Lujan 2-2