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(3/18/2017) MILWAUKEE, Wis. – No. 16 Iowa State’s (24-11, 12-6 Big 12) furious second-half rally fell just short, as the Cyclones lost to No. 15 Purdue (27-7, 14-4 Big Ten), 80-76 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday night in Milwaukee.

The Cyclones were down by as many as 19 points in the second half and came all the way back to take the lead with just over three minutes to play. Purdue answered with seven-straight points after ISU took its first lead and P.J. Thompson made two free throws with 0:07 seconds left to ice the game.

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(3/18/2017) ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Max Thomsen avenged a loss from earlier in the year to take fifth place, and Drew Foster was seventh at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

UNI finished 18th with 25.5 points, the most points since 2014 when UNI finished 15th with 40 points.

“I put the boots on every day and went to work,” said Thomsen. “My teammates motivated me to do that. I have a lot of great examples like our senior class. Guys like JJ Everard, a man who would be down here making noise, but he gets hurt. A guy like Dylan Peters, a two-time All-American: He’s dinged up his shoulder and both knees and he’s still fighting. So I see all this motivation, and that helps me go to work every day.”

Thomsen’s fifth-place finish is the highest of any freshman since former Panther and assistant coach Mark Schwab took fifth in 1986.

“You know, Max, you lose two tough matches, and he’s able to respond like that to a guy who beat him earlier in the season,” said Thomsen. “It shows the kind of grit and toughness that he has.”

In Thomsen’s first match of the final day of the championships, he gave up his first bonus points of the year.

However, he returned to avenge a loss to No. 6 Solomon Chisko of Virginia Tech to take fifth. Chisko handed Thomsen his first loss of the year in a dual Nov. 18. Thomsen won 10-4, giving up points off escapes.

“I finished beating a guy who beat me this year, so when you flip a score like that, you know you’re doing the right things,” said Thomsen. “We’re young. We’re hungry, and we’re mean and I know we’re going to be doing big things.”

Foster dominated his 184-pound match to take seventh over No. 8 (ninth seed) Nathan Jackson of Indiana. He nearly had Jackson pinned but had to settle for the 11-7 decision.

“(Randy) Pugh was in my ear a little bit last night saying ‘You know, you weren’t pulling the trigger,'” Foster said. “I take what he says to heart, so I was pulling the trigger today.”

Foster moved up from 174 pounds midyear last season and worked his way into the 184-pound rankings this season.

“He has just continued to get better,” said Schwab. “He’s still growing into his body. He’s not even a full 84-pounder. He’s going to be a dangerous dude. He’s going to rub off on other guys. We do have a lot of momentum moving forward.”

UNI will return six NCAA qualifiers, the most since the 2008-09 season, when seven Panthers returned. Both All-Americans are expected to return, the most since 2005 when UNI had two to start the 2004-05 season.


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Waterloo Black Hawks Hockey

3/18/2017 – Waterloo never trailed, but an empty net goal turned out to be the difference for the Black Hawks during a 4-3 victory at Young Arena Saturday against the Chicago Steel.

Kevin Charyszyn recorded the only goal in the first period at 15:07.  Bailey Conger passed from the side of the net to Charyszyn – positioned inside the right dot – and the Hawks’ leading goal scorer snapped in a wrister.  Peter Thome preserved the lead in the final two minutes before intermission making successive transition saves: first with the glove against Jason O’Neill, then with his left pad on Brannon McManus during Chicago’s next shift.

All the scoring during the second came during a one minute span.  Reggie Lutz tied the game at 9:04, skating across the high slot and blasting a slapshot low to Thome’s glove side.  Less than a minute later, Yuki Miura put Waterloo back in front.  At 9:52, Ethan Spaxman’s wide shot from the left point bounced off the end boards to Miura at the opposite side of the net; Miura put it in to an open goal to establish a new Waterloo lead.

Jackson Cates scored in much the same way at 8:31 of the third.  An errant Spaxman shot came off the end wall to Cates, who flipped it in.  Jack Badiini answered just less than four minutes later when Reilly Walsh’s try was partially blocked but landed in front of Badini at pointblank range.

Garrett Wait secured the win with 38.8 seconds remaining, scoring into an empty net from just shy of the center red line.  That proved to be the game-winner after Eduards Tralmaks flipped in a final Chicago goal with 13.9 seconds remaining.

Following Saturday’s game against the Eastern Conference-leading Steel, the Hawks next take the ice against the top team in the Western Conference.  Waterloo visits the Sioux City Musketeers for the final time this season next Friday, opening a three-game weekend.  The Hawks return home next Saturday to host the Dubuque Fighting Saints before concluding the three-game stretch against the Des Moines Buccaneers next Sunday.

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