ISU Beats Ohio State 23-9 For Rematch With Iowa
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – No. 2 Iowa State beat third-seeded Ohio State 23-9 in the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals semifinals Sunday afternoon in the UNI Dome. Cyclone wrestlers were winners in seven of the 10 bouts. ISU advances to the Championship match to face top-seed Iowa at 3 p.m. The dual is being broadcast live on IPTV. Iowa State split the Dec. 6 dual with the Hawkeyes at five matches a piece, but were edged 18-16.
Iowa State’s Jerome Ward comes to play in big matches. Ward took down 2008 NCAA champion Mike Pucillo by a score of 5-3 in the 184-pound matchup. The Buckeye had no answer for the defensively-astute Cyclone grappler.
The star-studded dual featured seven returning All-Americans and two NCAA champions in ISU’s Jake Varner (2009; 197 pounds) and Ohio State’s Pucillo (2008; 184 pounds).
Iowa State’s Varner recorded his 14th bonus-point victory of the season by pitching a shutout to Ohio State’s Cody Magrum, 9-0, at 197 pounds. Varner built 3:44 of riding time in the major decision win.
Cyclone heavyweight David Zabriskie is used to pulling off heroics late in his matches. His match with the Buckeye’s Corey Morrison was another thriller, with Zabriskie edging his opponent by decision, 4-3. The Cyclone trailed 3-2 in the third period before hitting the clinching takedown at the 0:19 mark.
In a match that featured three lead changes, ISU’s Andrew Sorenson emerged the winner over OSU’s Tony Jameson, 12-9. The back-and-forth bout brought Cyclone fans to their feet as Sorenson put his Buckeye opponent in a cradle pinning move in the second period. The nearfall points helped secure the Iowa Stater the victory by decision.
Cyclone 125-pounder Andrew Long started the dual with an 8-1 decision of OSU’s Nikko Triggas. Iowa State’s Nick Fanthorpe followed with a major decision of Ian Paddock of Ohio State by a score of 14-5. Cyclone Jon Reader blanked the Buckeye’s Colt Sponseller 6-0 for the decision at 165 pounds.
ISU’s Dalton Jensen, the standout performer from the Cyclones’ dual victory over Maryland, gave the top-ranked 141-pounder in the country all he had, but came up just short. Jensen, filling in for two-time All-American Nick Gallick, fell to Ohio State’s Reece Humphrey by decision, 6-5.
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IOWA STATE 23, OHIO STATE 9
125 pounds – Andrew Long (ISU) dec. Nikko Triggas (OSU), 8-1
133 pounds – Nick Fanthorpe (ISU) major dec. Ian Paddock (OSU), 14-5
141 pounds – Reece Humphrey (OSU) dec. Dalton Jensen (ISU), 6-5
149 pounds – Lance Palmer (OSU) dec. Mitch Mueller (ISU), 4-3
157 pounds – Andrew Sorenson (ISU) dec. Tony Jameson (OSU), 12-9
165 pounds – Jon Reader (ISU) dec. Colt Sponseller (OSU), 6-0
174 pounds – David Rella (OSU) dec. Duke Burk (ISU), 3-1 (SV)
184 pounds – Jerome Ward (ISU) dec. Mike Pucillo (OSU), 5-3
197 pounds – Jake Varner (ISU) major dec. Cody Magrum (OSU), 9-0
HWT – David Zabriskie (ISU) dec. Corey Morrison (OSU), 4-3