ISU Wrestlers Take Down SDSU 43-3 In Jackson's Debut
AMES, Iowa – The No. 2 Iowa State wrestling team was firing on all cylinders Thursday night in Hilton Coliseum. ISU handled South Dakota State 43-3 for the first dual win of Cyclone head coach Kevin Jackson’s career.
ISU made an impact with its offense in front of a home crowd of 2,528. The Cyclones recorded 29 takedowns to South Dakota State’s four. ISU also counted heavily on back points in the contest, scoring six three-point nearfalls and seven two-point nearfalls.
“We came in as the more heralded team and we needed to wrestle like it,” Jackson said. “We have a lot of things to learn and only a couple of guys have really taken over at their weight class. The rest will be determined by how we wrestle at the Harold Nichols meet this weekend and then at Omaha.”
Making the first dual start of his career at 184 pounds, senior Joe Curran kicked off the 2009-10 Cyclone wrestling campaign in impressive fashion. The Elk Point, S.D. native scored a technical fall over South Dakota State’s David Michaud by a score of 17-2 (5:52). Curran notched five takedowns in the match.
“Joe has been making the most connections in training and that is why he was out there tonight,” Jackson said. “He and Jerome Ward have a battle going and both have done a good job. Joe went out tonight and went after his man from the start. That is what we are looking for this season.”
Two Iowa Staters had pins on their mind Thursday night. Heavyweight David Zabriskie struck first for the Cyclones with a 4:17 stick of SDSU’s Jeremy Swier. The fifth-ranked senior had built a 14-3 lead before recording the fall.
Two-time All-American junior Jon Reader added six team points to the Cyclone effort with his pin of the Jacks' Weston Blasius at 165 pounds. Reader notched the fall in the first period in 1:42.
“The matches are the fun part,” Reader said. “We have a veteran team and all of us were here this summer training. It was great to get out and wrestle somebody outside of the wrestling room.”
Senior Cyclone Duke Burk proved too much to handle for South Dakota State’s Joe Rasmussen at 174 pounds. Burk ran the first period score to 14-1 before finishing off his Jackrabbit opponent with a takedown 21 seconds into the second period for the technical fall, 16-1 (3:21).
No. 1-ranked 197-pounder Jake Varner started off his senior campaign with bonus points over 11th-ranked Tyler Sorenson of SDSU. In the premier match of the night, ISU’s Varner controlled the bout with a 13-4 major decision.
Second-ranked Cyclone 141-pounder Nick Gallick handled his SDSU opponent, Dustin Walraven, by major decision, 14-2. Fellow ISU senior Mitch Mueller followed with a strong 12-5 decision of the Jackrabbits’ Nick Hagar.
The son of former Cyclone three-time NCAA champion Nate Carr scored bonus points for ISU. Nate Carr, Jr. notched a major decision over Nick Flynn of South Dakota State by a score of 9-1.
Senior Iowa Stater Nick Fanthorpe picked up a win by forfeit at 133 pounds.
Making the first start of his Cyclone career, true freshman Dallas Collier of Aiea, Hawai’i was dropped by SDSU’s Aaron Pickrel by decision, 9-3.
ISU hits the mat Saturday for the Harold Nichols/Cyclone Open at the Lied Recreation Center. Action begins at 10 a.m.
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184 pounds – Joe Curran (ISU) tech. fall David Michaud (SDSU), 17-2 (5:52_
197 pounds – No. 1 Jake Varner (ISU) major dec. No. 11 Tyler Sorenson (SDSU), 13-4
HWT – No. 5 David Zabriskie (ISU) pinned Jeremy Swier (SDSU), 4:17
125 pounds – Aaron Pickrel (SDSU) dec. Dallas Collier (ISU), 9-3
133 pounds – No. 5 Nick Fanthorpe (ISU) won by forfeit
141 pounds – No. 2 Nick Gallick (ISU) major dec. Dustin Walraven (SDSU), 14-2
149 pounds – No. 9 Mitch Mueller (ISU) dec. Nick Hagar (SDSU), 12-5
157 pounds – Nate Carr, Jr. (ISU) major dec. Nick Flynn (SDSU), 9-1
165 pounds – No. 5 Jon Reader (ISU) pinned Weston Blasius (SDSU), 1:42
174 pounds – No. 12 Duke Burk (ISU) tech. fall Joe Rasmussen (SDSU), 16-1