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Panther wrestlers fall short against #7 Virginia Tech

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -  The UNI wrestling team started hot, but a controversial call seemed to turn the tide in a 20-12 loss to Virginia Tech.

Opening the meet at 197 pounds, Basil Minto engaged in a back and forth match with the Hokies Jared Haught. Minto and Haught battled to a 4-4 tie after regulation, but Minto put Haught on the mat early in the sudden victory period for an opening match win.

Blaise Cabell followed suit at heavyweight. The 15th ranked Cabell struck with a late 3rd period takedown against #7 Ty Walz, eventually leading to a 5-3 upset win.

Controversy followed at 125 however. UNI's Dylan Peters, ranked 6th, trailed #4 Joey Dance for most of the match. With under 10 seconds remaining, Peters struck and appeared to pick up the match-tying takedown. The move would be reviewed, and Peters was ruled to not have gained control as he'd fall 5-3. That would be the first of 4 straight Virginia Tech victories as the Hokies would hold on for the victory.

UNI's loss snapped a 12 match home winning streak.

Virginia Tech 20, UNI 12 – Officials: Curt Frost and Michael Vantiger – Attendance: 2,100 (sold out)

125-#4 Joey Dance (VT) dec. #6 Dylan Peters (UNI) 5-3

133-#18 Kevin Norstrem (VT) dec. Leighton Gaul (UNI) 10-5

141-#3 Devin Carter (VT) tech fall Jake Hodges (UNI) 22-7 (4:47)

149-#13 Sal Mastriani (VT) dec. Gunnar Wolfensperger 7-6

157-Jarrett Jensen (UNI) dec. Jake Spengler (VT) 5-0

165-#12 Cooper Moore (UNI) dec. Chad Strube (VT) 4-3
174-#9 Zach Epperly (VT) dec. Curt Maas (UNI) 6-2

184-Austin Gabel (VT) maj. dec. Cody Caldwell (UNI) 10-3

197-Basil Minto (UNI) dec. Jared Haught (VT) 6-4 SV1

285-#15 Blaize Cabell (UNI) dec. #7 Ty Walz (VT) 5-3
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