Iowa State wrestling coach Kevin Dresser recaps the Cyclones’ performance at the Southern Scuffle
Cody Goodwin, email@example.com
The Cyclone wrestlers completed a weekend sweep by dominating West Virginia on Sunday.
Iowa State blew through the Mountaineers, 36-3, on Sunday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Cyclones, ranked 18th nationally by Trackwrestling, are 6-1 overall, marking their best start since the 2014-15 season, when they also began 6-1.
Just two days after defeating Rider, Iowa State won nine of 10 bouts to defeat lowly West Virginia for its fifth-straight dual win. The Cyclones are now 3-0 against the Big 12 conference, while the Mountaineers fall to 2-11 overall and 2-4 against league foes.
“It was a good weekend,” Iowa State coach Kevin Dresser said afterward. “I thought our wrestling effort was really, really good. We can always get better, but we can enjoy this one and take a lot of positives from the weekend.”
The theme of the day was takedowns, as Iowa State collected 25 to West Virginia’s 5. Seven Cyclone wrestlers recorded at least two takedowns. Both Ian Parker (141) and Chase Straw (157) scored five in their respective matches. Parker overcame a second-period headlock against Caleb Rea to win 14-9. Straw cruised to a 13-4 major decision over Zachary Moore.
Sam Colbray closed the dual with the most explosive showing. Ranked 14th nationally at 184 pounds, Colbray scored a team-high six takedowns, including five in the first period, against West Virginia’s Jackson Moomau. Colbray won 19-4, securing the technical fall with his sixth takedown midway through the second period.
“I felt like everybody was dominant,” Dresser said. “Sometimes, it’s hard to wrestle guys when you’re heavily favored. Their motivation may not be to always go out and win, so they can freeze you up a little bit and make you look bad.
“I thought we did a good job across the board. We made some adjustments, and we weren’t as sloppy. It was some good mat time, just what we needed.”
Colbray’s victory was one of four bonus-point wins for the Cyclones. In addition to Straw’s major decision, both Willie Miklus (197) and Marcus Coleman (174) recorded second-period pins.
Miklus, ranked 6th nationally, allowed a first-period takedown against Noah Adams, but scored one of his own in the second before running a bar-arm for the pin in 4 minutes, 37 seconds. Coleman, ranked 22nd, led 4-1 after two first-period takedowns, then reversed James Wujek to his back and scored the fall in 3:27.
Iowa State’s only loss of the afternoon came at 165 pounds, where West Virginia’s 19th-ranked Nick Kiussis scored a takedown in the final 10 seconds to defeat Logan Schumacher, 3-2.
The Cyclones rolled otherwise. At 133, 7th-ranked Austin Gomez bounced back from getting pinned last Friday to defeating 16th-ranked Matthew Schmitt, 8-4, on Sunday. Gannon Gremmel rode out Brandon Ngati in the third period to win 2-0. Alex Mackall and Jarrett Degen both scored two takedowns to win at 125 and 149 pounds, respectively.
Iowa State hosts Oklahoma (5-3, 1-1) at Hilton Coliseum in Ames on Friday at 7 p.m.
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.
No. 18 Iowa State 36, West Virginia 3
197: No. 6 Willie Miklus (ISU) over No. 25 Noah Adams (WVU) by fall, 4:37
285: Gannon Gremmel (ISU) dec. Brandon Ngati (WVU), 2-0
125: Alex Mackall (ISU) dec. Joey Thomas (WVU), 8-2
133: No. 7 Austin Gomez (ISU) dec. No. 16 Matthew Schmitt (WVU), 8-4
141: No. 12 Ian Parker (ISU) dec. Caleb Rea (WVU), 14-9
149: No. 7 Jarrett Degen (ISU) dec. Christian Monserrat (WVU), 6-3
157: Chase Straw (ISU)maj. dec. Zachary Moore (WVU), 13-4
165: No. 19 Nick Kiussis (WVU) dec. Logan Schumacher (ISU), 3-2
174: No. 22 Marcus Coleman (ISU) over James Wujek (WVU) by fall, 3:27
184: No. 14 Sam Colbray (ISU) tech. fall Jackson Moomau (WVU), 19-4
Rankings from Trackwrestling.
Source: Des Moines Register