By Jake Torkelson
The Iowa State wrestling blew the roof off C.Y. Stephens Auditorium this afternoon with a 37-3 drubbing of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. The Cyclones won nine of ten matches with four bonus point wins, two Falls, and two Tech Falls.
Starting at 125 pounds, Alex Mackall earned a 16-14 decision over Austin Macias for the Cyclones. Mackall secured a takedown in the last thirty seconds to seal the deal, with riding time.
Next up at 133 pounds the much anticipated debut of Austin Gomez did not disappoint. Austin got the crowd going with a first period 18-3 Tech Fall over Jake Blaha.
Ian Parker only needed 4:13 to pin Coleman Brainard of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
Jarrett Degen at 149 for the Cyclones played a game of takedown and release with Tyshawn Williams and finished it off with a 25-9 Tech Fall.
The only blemish on the day for Iowa State came at 157 pounds. In TB-1 Justin Ruffin, from bottom, managed to get the Cyclones Chase Straw in a Peterson and get four backpoints to go with two reversal. Straw earned an escape in his thirty seconds on bottom and nothing more. He dropped a 9-4 decision TB-1.
Brady Jennings got a big win over Nate Higgins of Southern Illinois University 10-6. This match was a wild one with both wrestlers scoring multiple reversals.
Marcus Coleman, an Ames High School graduate, scored the second and final Fall of the day for Iowa State over Kevin Gschwendtner in 4:19.
The finish at 184 was nothing less than spectacular if you’re a Cyclone fan. Up by one with ten seconds left Sam Colbray pancaked Sergio Villalobos and got four back points for a 10-3 victory.
A workmanlike win for Willie Miklus at 197. Miklus prevailed 5-3 over Christian Delaney with riding time.
Finishing off the dual for Iowa State was Gannon Gremmel at 285. Tommy Helton was no match for Gannon, losing 9-5 to Gremmel.