Sorenson falls short, Cyclones end worst tournament in school history


Photo: Rebekka Brown/Iowa State Daily

Andrew Sorenson attempts to take down his Oregon State opponent Joe Latham during the second round of the National Dual’s held Sunday. Sorenson defeated Latham 8-3 by decision.

Jake Calhoun

ST. LOUIS — Andrew Sorenson could only taste the bittersweet end to his collegiate career on Friday after falling one win shy of the podium.

The redshirt senior lost both his matches on Friday at the 2012 NCAA Championships in St. Louis to fall short of becoming an All-American, making this the first year Iowa State has finished the tournament without an All-American since 1962.

What’s more, the loss marked the first time since 2008 that Iowa State will not have a national champion and the first time since 2003 that it will go without a wrestler in a national championship bout.

Even though team scores are not finalized until the tournament is finished on Saturday, Iowa State can finish no better than 31st, the worst finish in school history — beating last year’s finish of 20th.

Sorenson, who was the No. 3 seed at 165 pounds, entered Friday as the lone wrestler of five qualifying Cyclones to make it to the quarterfinals of the championship bracket, where he lost to No. 11 Brandon Hatchett of Lehigh in a 7-3 decision.

The loss dropped him to the consolation round, where he lost to Wisconsin’s Ben Jordan 6-2 in their third bout of the season.

Jordan handed Sorenson his first loss of the season at the Midlands Championships in late December.

Sorenson ends his season with a 30-5 record and a career with record of 95-32.

Heavyweight Matt Gibson had life in the consolation bracket of Friday morning’s session III with an 8-0 major decision against Peter Sturgeon of Central Michigan.

In his second match of the session, however, Gibson showed signs of fatigue — accompanied by two injury timeouts — en route to an 11-2 loss to No. 7 Jeremy Johnson of Ohio.

Gibson, a redshirt junior, ends his season with a 26-10 record.

Ryak Finch was the second Cyclone eliminated in the tournament — followed by Boaz Beard’s early exit on Thursday at 184 pounds — losing to Oklahoma State’s Jon Morrison 4-0 in the second round of the 125-pound consolation bracket.

Finch finished his season with a 15-10 record in his redshirt freshman campaign.

Luke Goettl’s exit shortly followed Finch’s, getting beaten in a 17-2 technical fall against Edinboro’s Mitchell Port in the same round of the consolation bracket.

Goettl had an early lead and was vying to turn Port until an awkward situation resulted in a reversal and back points for the Edinboro wrestler.

During the match, Goettl landed awkwardly and began limping after being given medical attention. There is no confirmation on the specificity of his injury.

Goettl finished 12-13 as a redshirt freshman.

Session V will begin at 10 a.m. on on Saturday, followed by the championship matches, which can be seen on ESPN and will start at 6:30 p.m. in St. Louis. No Cyclones will be wrestling.