West Liberty senior Bryce Esmoil announced on Twitter Sunday night that he will continue his wrestling career at the University of Northern Iowa next year. Esmoil won a Class 2A state title at 195 pounds last winter.

Andy Abeyta, Quad-City Times

Bryce Esmoil has another major decision to add to his wrestling career.

The West Liberty senior announced his commitment to the University of Northern Iowa on Twitter Sunday night, not long after returning home from his first official visit to the Panthers' campus over the weekend. 

Other schools on Esmoil's radar included the University of Iowa, South Dakota State University, Coe College and Grand View University. 

"UNI kind of had the edge," Esmoil said. "I've been on a couple visits, just really fell in love with the campus, the coaches there and the kids who are going to be on the team the next couple of years." 

Another factor in the decision was Randy Pugh, a Columbus Community high school graduate and 16-year assistant wrestling coach at Northern Iowa who is also Esmoil's cousin. 

Esmoil ended West Liberty's 17-year state title drought last February when he cruised to a 15-0 technical fall victory over Woodward-Granger's Cody Fisher in the Class 2A 195-pound championship at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. He finished the season with a 42-2 record after reeling off 35 consecutive victories. 

— Kyle Heim, Muscatine Journal


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Caroline Baer led the Bulldogs (27-5, 8-1) with 14 kills while Emma Ostrom added 12. Abbey Fromi had 25 assists and Grace Erpelding and Baer each had 17 digs.

Raina Smith had 13 kills for Central (11-14, 4-5) who were led by Alexis Huntley's 17 digs and Kami Knutsen's 25 assists.

North Scott 3, North 0: Hannah Grimm had 34 assists to spur the Lancers to a 25-22, 25-15, 25-20 win over the Wildcats.

Alexis Hayes had 13 kills and two aces while Emma Powell added 20 digs for the Lancers (22-8, 7-2), who finish tied with Assumption for third in the conference.

North (11-12, 2-7) was led by Morgan Pollmiller's seven kills while Bailey Ortega and Kayla Sheraden each had 10 assists. Katie Platt had four aces and Abigail Ohland had 14 digs.

West 3, Burlington 2: Hannah Jones had seven aces and Sara Wiesrockhad 18 kills to give West (7-19, 1-8) its first MAC victory of the season, beating Burlington 25-10, 25-17, 18-25, 20-25, 15-8.

Hannah Willers had 23 assists and Baylee Kronfeld added 15 assists while Abby Ratermann had five blocks for the Falcons.

Burlington (7-19, 0-9) was led by Emily Bloomer, who had four aces and 12 digs.

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