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UNI, ISU crown a pair of Big 12 champs

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TULSA, Ok  – UNI’s Brody Teske and Parker Keckeisen joined Iowa State’s David Carr annd Gannon Gremmel in finishing the job on Sunday. The four captured Big 12 titles during the championship round in Tulsa’s BOK Center.

The Cyclones finished third as a team, just seven points behind co-champions Oklahoma and Oklahoma State as ISU qualified at least six wrestlers for the NCAA tournament. UNI, who finished fifth, advanced at least four.

Teske, the top seed at 125 pounds, trailed by one late in his match, but secured a reversal with 20 seconds remaining to top Utah Valley’s Taylor LaMont 9-7 for the sophomore’s first conference title.

Keckeisen, meanwhile, never trailed as the freshman looked in control from start to finish in a 5-3 win over Wyoming’s Tate Samuelson. The win marked the fourth straight at 184 pounds for UNI between Keckeisen, Taylor Lujan, and Drew Foster.

ISU’s Carr won his second straight Big 12 title tallying three takedowns in an 8-2 win over Kyle Franek of North Dakota State.

Gannon Gremmel capped the night with a 2-1 win over Brian Andrews of Wyoming. The Dubuque Hempstead alum is Iowa State’s sixth heavyweight Big 12 champion.

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