Pestano was one of two seniors honored during Intermission at Iowa State. Pestano won his match by fall t 184 pounds. Photo by Cam Kramer

It was senior night in Ames and while the Cyclones currently have just one senior in the starting lineup, that wrestler was able to deliver a big six points that helped pushed the Cyclones past Big 12 foe Fresno State 26-22. It was the teams’ second meeting this season with the Cyclones also winning the previous meeting 25-16 at the Virginia Duals.

Things started out identical to the last time these two teams met as Sean Williams won by major decision over Cyclone freshman Sinjin Briggs to open the dual at 125 pounds. It took sophomore Markus Simmons a little bit longer, but he was once again able to come out on top of Fresno State’s Trevor Williams by fall, this time coming in the third period.

At this point the dual stopped resembling that of the pair’s January meeting. Even though Dresser came off highly optimistic that Ian Parker would be ready to go this weekend, Iowa State opted to forfeit at 141 pounds to Chris Deloza which gave Fresno State back the team lead. Dresser’s optimistic prophesy could be fulfilled tomorrow when his team duals Northern Iowa.

Another surprise dual result came at 149 pounds where Khristian Olivas managed to upset Cyclone freshman Jarrett Degen 15-14. In the teams’ first meeting Olivas downed backup Dante Rodriguez by major decision.

The Cyclones answered in the middle weights with sophomore Chase Straw picking up a 19-3 technical fall over Greg Gaxiola, followed by Skyler St. John receiving a forfeit at 165 pounds. The win by St. John pushed Iowa State back out in front in the team score.

In the first go around Fresno State’s Dominic Kincaid eked out a narrow win over Hank Swalla, and not much changed in his meeting with Danny Bush as Fresno State claimed the 174-pound weight class with a  7-4 victory.

All eyes were on Dane Pestano, who was honored between the 157 and 165 bouts along with his fellow senior Colin Strickland. Pestano was able to repeat his January result by earning fall with this one being called just before the end of match regulation, 6:59.

We did not see freshman Sammy Colbray at 197 pounds, who was coming off his Big 12 Wrestler of the Week performance in the Dakotas. Instead we saw sophomore Joe Teague who lost by fall to Josh Hokit in the first period.

With Iowa State leading 23-22 heading into the final match, the team needed a win from Marcus Harrington to seal the dual victory, and the junior was able to send the seniors out with a bang, taking out AJ Nevills 6-4 in Sudden Victory.

Iowa State heads to Cedar Falls tomorrow to face Big 12 foe and instate rival, UNI. More on that dual here.

Iowa State Cyclones 26 – Fresno State Bulldogs 22
*TOM Rankings

125: Sean Williams (Fresno State) major decision Sinjin Briggs (Iowa State), 10-2
133: Markus Simmons (Iowa State) fall Trevor Williams (Fresno State), 6:07
141: Chris Deloza (Fresno State) received a forfeit
149: Khristian Olivas (Fresno State) decision #18 Jarrett Degen (Iowa State), 15-14
157: Chase Straw (Iowa State) tech fall Greg Gaxiola (Fresno State), 19-3
165: Skyler St. John (Iowa State) received a forfeit
174: Dominic Kincaid (Fresno State) decision Danny Bush (Iowa State), 7-4
184: Dane Pestano (Iowa State) fall Angel Solis (Fresno State), 6:59
197: Josh Hokit (Fresno State) fall Joe Teague (Iowa State), 1:44
285: Marcus Harrington (Iowa State) decision AJ Nevills (Fresno State), 6-4 SV

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle