Cyclones lose weekend dual meets

Jake Calhoun

The momentum gained by the ISU wrestling team after its first home victory of the season was stifled on the road.

The Cyclones (2-11, 0-6 Big 12) finished its conference play absent of a win for the second straight year, losing 19-16 to No. 7 Oklahoma on Friday and 33-7 to No. 2 Oklahoma State on Sunday.

The highlight of the weekend came in redshirt freshman Luke Goettl’s upset 11-9 sudden-victory decision against No. 1 Kendric Maple at 141 pounds.

“Luke is truly turning the corner,” said coach Kevin Jackson in a news release. “He made a couple of mistakes that put him behind and he still came back and won the match.”

Goettl went on to lose to No. 8 Josh Kindig of Oklahoma State in an 11-3 loss after a couple initial attacks turned into back points for his opponent.

Michael Moreno (157), Andrew Sorenson (165), Mikey England (174) and Matt Gibson (heavyweight) also picked up victories for the Cyclones on Friday in the three-point loss to the Sooners (9-2, 3-1).

Sorenson was the only Cyclone to win both of his matches this weekend, defeating Oklahoma’s Bubby Graham 3-2 and Oklahoma State’s Joe Ali 13-4. The fourth-ranked 165-pounder is now 21-1 on the season and 13-0 in dual action.

Ryak Finch was the other Cyclone to pick up a victory against the Cowboys (8-0, 3-0), defeating eighth-ranked John Morrison in a 3-2 decision with riding time getting him the deciding point. The 125-pounder’s victory comes two days after falling to No. 8 Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma in a 4-0 decision.

Both Sorenson and Finch were victorious when Iowa State hosted Oklahoma State on Nov. 25.

The Cyclones return home on Sunday to host No. 5 Cornell at 1 p.m.