Junior Marcus Harrington was the hero of the night as his major decision sealed his team’s 21-20 win over NDSU

The Iowa State Cyclones were able to pull to .500 on the season with their 21-20 road win over North Dakota State. After dropping four of the first five matches, the Cyclones were able to finish strong and close the dual out with five straight victories to tie the dual score at 20-20. The Cyclones were then awarded their 21st and tie breaking point on first criteria, most matches won.

It was all Bison early in the dual as freshman Jarrett Degen was the only lower weight to win a match for Iowa State with his 8-2 decision over Kyle Gliva. According to the Iowa State Wrestling Twitter account freshman Ian Parker remained in Ames this weekend due to injury which caused the Cyclones to forfeit the 141-pound matchup. Winning that forfeit was a familiar face, Council Bluff-Thomas Jefferson graduate McGwire Midkiff recieved the forfeit at 141.

With North Dakota State carrying a 16 point lead and favored in at least one of the five remaining matches the outlook was bleak for the Cyclones, but Brady Jenning provided the spark that would ignite the comeback with his 7-2 decision over #19 Andrew Fogarty. The win kicked off the five match win streak that turned the dual to Iowa State’s favor. Iowa State also benefited from two bonus point victories that came from upperclassmen. Senior Dane Pestano and junior Marcus Harrington each notched major decision to push their team to victory.

Iowa State will head south for the final dual of the weekend when they head into Jackrabbit country to face South Dakota State.

ISU 21 – NDSU 20
125: Paul Bianchi (NDSU) fall Sinjin Briggs (ISU), 4:39.
133: Cam Sykora (NDSU) tech fall Markus Simmons (ISU), 19-4 (6:29).
141: McGwire Midkiff (NDSU) win by forfeit.
149: Jarrett Degen (ISU) dec. Kyle Gliva (NDSU), 8-2.
157: Clay Ream (NDSU) dec. Chase Straw (ISU), 8-2.
165: Brady Jennings (ISU) dec. Andrew Fogarty (NDSU), 7-2.
174: Danny Bush (ISU) dec. Dylan Urbach (NDSU), 12-9.
184: Dane Pestano (ISU) maj. dec. Cole Witzig (NDSU), 19-5.
197: Sam Colbray (ISU) dec. Cordell Eaton (NDSU), 5-3 (SV-1).
285: Marcus Harrington (ISU) maj. dec. Dan Stibral (NDSU), 10-2.
Additional point awarded to Iowa State on first criteria, most matches won.

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle

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