UNI has signed five new Panthers for the 2022-2023 season, three of which are in the top 25 nationally.

“I’m thrilled with what this class will bring to the table when they arrive on campus,” said head coach Doug Schwab. “They will have an immediate impact with the mindset they bring to the practice room and the classroom. This group has won many games, but more importantly, they show that courage, that training ability and that selfless nature that this program is built on. They will help us move our program forward and look forward to welcoming them to campus.

UNI added four Iowa natives and a senior from Alabama.

Chet Buss, a two-time state champion from Allison, Iowa, is currently ranked 16th in the country in heavyweight by FloWrestling.

“We love small town boys in Iowa with amazing work ethic and drive, and Chet has both,” Schwab said. “I had the opportunity to watch that drive and that effort on the football field this fall, and you see it every time he hits the mat. Chet is a great athlete, has very good attacks and we know we have only exploited the surface of his abilities.

He was undefeated at heavyweight for the past two consecutive seasons. Buss finished third in 2019.

“I love the program that the wrestling team is building and the family aspect,” Buss said. “It’s also close to my home.

He is a three sports athlete for North Butler High School, earning college letters in wrestling, football and baseball. He has played both on the offensive and defensive lines of football. He won the MVP conference honors for wrestling and the offensive player of the year for football.

Buss was on the high school baseball team that qualified for the districts and the 2021-22 state football qualifying playoff team.

Buss, son of Shane and Lori Buss, plans to major in movement and exercise science.

When Buss’ hometown was damaged by storms and flooding, he helped clean up the town and also painted fire hydrants. He enjoys hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

He was also recruited by the state of South Dakota.

Trever Anderson is a two-time State Champion in Ankeny, Iowa.

“I love his mentality and his love for the sport,” Schwab said. “He showed incredible strength and heart last season in finding a way to win without being 100%. Watching him recover from surgery as he found ways to give back to his life. club and moving forward as a competitor impressed me.

He won titles in 2019 and 2021 at 106 and 120 pounds, respectively. He took third place in 2020. He was a member of the 2019 Elite All-State Team and the 2021 All-State First Team. Anderson is currently a team captain for the Ankeny High School Hawks. He was part of the team that placed fifth at the traditional state championships last season.

He begins his senior season with a career record of 107-5. In addition to obtaining college letters in wrestling, Anderson obtained a letter in football.

Anderson has been named to numerous academic lists, including DMACC’s Dean’s List last spring. It won All-State First Academic Team honors in 2020 and was a recipient of All-Academic Recognition in 2019, 2020, and 2021.

“I love the UNI wrestling coaching staff and felt right at home the day I walked onto campus,” said Anderson.

While in high school, Anderson served in the community cooking Thanksgiving Day meals with the American Legion in Polk City. He also volunteered as a coach for a youth wrestling club in the Ankeny region.

Anderson is the son of Sundae Anderson and Robert Anderson. He plans to specialize in marketing at UNI.

He was also recruited by Iowa, northern Illinois, Edinboro, and Grand View.

Garrett Funk has won the Iowa State Championships twice.

“We have some advantages with the local kids,” Schwab said. “I’ve seen Garrett grow up and I’ve seen his love for the sport and his drive to be great at this sport continue to grow. He keeps improving and we love the trajectory he’s on. He won. big wins and many more to come.

Funk is from Waterloo, Iowa, originally from Don Bosco High School. He won two medals at the Iowa High School State Wrestling Championships, competing at 120 pounds. He was fifth in second year and third last year in junior.

Funk helped Don Bosco win three consecutive Class 1A team titles and two national doubles championships. He is the Iowa / USA junior freestyle champion at 126 pounds.

He joins Gable Fox and Cael Rahnavardi to become the third Don Bosco graduate in the Panther range. He is a three-sport athlete who also competes in wrestling, football and baseball and is on the honor roll every year.

Funk plans to specialize in corporate finance. He is the son of Mark and Traci Funk.

Cory Land is a four-time State Champion from Moody, Alabama. He is currently ranked fourth in the country at 126 pounds in the FloWrestling poll.

“Cory is a wrestling junkie,” Schwab said. “He loves the sport, knows it well and can wrestle in almost any position. He scores in various ways and will be an audience favorite. Cory is one of three guys to win a Greco medal for the United States last year. He is a high level competitor.

He holds government titles at three different weights. In 2018 and 2019, he won the 106-pound category at the Alabama State Championships. It rose to 120 pounds in 2020 and last year won the 126 pound state title. He has a career record of 127-2 with 96 career falls.

Land has competed internationally, finishing second at the Cadet Greco World Championships in Budapest. He finished third at the National Junior Folkstyle Championships in March 2021.

Land is the son of Eric Land and has an older brother. He plans to specialize in movement and exercise sciences. He enjoys cooking and playing disc golf.

Wyatt Voelker has won the Iowa High School State Championships three times. He is the defending West Delaware High School champion and placed eighth in the country at 195 pounds by FloWrestling.

“I love how coachable this guy is,” Schwab said. “He’s eager to learn and improve, a great combination with the strength, speed and mentality he shows on the wrestling mat and on the football field. He’s a leader and it becomes clear when you watch how his teammates respond to him.

Voelker won Class 2A at 195 pounds in 2021. He took third place at 195 pounds in 2020 and fourth in 2019 at 170 pounds. He is a two-time reigning conference champion.

In July 2021, Voelker won the National Junior Greco-Roman title at 195 pounds and finished second at the National Junior Folkstyle Tournament.

He is a two-sport athlete who also plays soccer as a running back and middle linebacker. He was three times in all districts and in all states and captain for two years on the football team.

He was named to the National Honor Society during his middle and high school years. He was also recruited by Iowa and Iowa State.

He is the son of Corey and Jenne Voelker and is originally from Manchester, Iowa. He plans to pursue chiropractic medicine and enjoys hunting and fishing.