"First Wrestling Team," 1923, in the University of Northern Iowa, Old Gold 1923, University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.
In 1923, the first intercollegiate wrestling team in UNI's history took to the mat. Although this green team competed in only one meet, a successful 16-8 victory over Cornell, they had started a winning tradition that has carried on throughout the years. The Panthers have recorded 580 victories since that first year, with only twelve losing seasons.
Citation: "Early Wrestling Match," undated, in the University of Northern Iowa Photograph Collections #29, box: ATH 2-5 Early 14 - 1979/80 folder: ATH 2-5 Early, University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.
The UNI wrestling team had six head coaches and two temporary coaches from 1923 through 1997. Four of the head coaches, McCuskey, Koll, Patten, and Briggs, were alumni, and three, McCuskey, Koll, and Patten, wrestled for the school while earning their degrees. Choose one of the following to read a short biographical sketch of the coach:
Clyde "Buck" Starbeck (1943 temporary coach)
Ed Lyons (1958 temporary coach)
Historical Look at UNI Wrestling
For the history of UNI wrestling for a certain time period or under a particular coach, click on one of the following:
Season Records, 1923-1997
The UNI Panther wrestling team has recorded 580 wins and 269 losses from the time the sport began here in 1923 through 1997. Click below to see a detailed outline of season records:
The UNI Panthers placed first at the NCAA Championships in 1950, 1975, and 1978. To learn more about these victories click on one of the following:
Forty-two wrestlers have been named national champions after placing first at the NCAA Championships. Choose one of the following for a list of UNI's best:
UNI's 113 All-Americans each placed in the top eight at the NCAA Championships. Many of them are also two-, three-, and even four-time All-Americans, having placed in more than one championship. Click below to see a list of these top wrestlers:
1991 was the first year of the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Team. Choose the following to learn about these outstanding student athletes:
Olympic and Pan American Games
Five UNI wrestlers have had the honor of participating in the Olympic Games or the Pan American Games. Click below to learn about these world competitive wrestlers:
Olympic and Pan American Game Winners
Page initially created by Student Assistant Jonathan Russell and Library Assistant Susan A. Basye, May 1997; last updated, January 14, 2014 (GP)