Cyclones win five individual titles at Harold Nichols Open


Photo: Rebekka Brown/Iowa State Daily

Ryak Finch takes down Levi Rayburn of Lindenwood-Belleville with a pin in one minute and 59 seconds during the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open held Sunday, Nov. 13, at Hilton Coliseum.

Jake Calhoun

Five ISU wrestlers won individual titles at the Harold Nichols Open on Sunday at Hilton Coliseum.

“When you can get five champs out of 10 weight classes, I think you can’t blink an eye at it,” said ISU coach Kevin Jackson. “You’ve got to walk away feeling OK about it. I really feel good about seeing some of our guys connecting some of the technical skills and the attitude in which we want to see them wrestle and score points.”

Leading off for the Cyclones was 125-pounder Ryak Finch, who notched three pins — all three of which came in the first period — and a 17-0 major decision en route to his second straight Harold Nichols title.

“That’s what we’re taught,” Finch said of scoring points. “You go out there and you score every chance you get. You’re not looking at points, and if you see a fall, you take it.”

True freshman Shayden Terukina won the 133-pound title while wrestling unattached, defeating UNI starter Ryan Jauch, 9-7, for the championship.

“I was really nervous, just my first tournament for my college career,” Terukina said. “I wasn’t letting the nerves get to me, just trusting in my coaching and trusting my conditioning.”

Jackson said there has been talk between him and his staff to have Terukina compete this year instead of redshirting him, although an official decision has not been made.

Andrew Sorenson won his second Harold Nichols title with two pins and two technical falls en route to the 165-pound crown.

“He did what he was supposed to do,” Jackson said of Sorenson. “He did what our captain does: he went out there, and he wrestled the way we want our guys to compete at a very high level.”

Sorenson won the 157-pound title in 2009, but was given a reprieve from competing in the event last year to heal from injury.

After officially moving up to the 197-pound weight class, Cole Shafer came away with the title at that weight, pinning Iowa Central’s Kolten Kersten in the final bout in 32 seconds.

Shafer should compete with Kyven Gadson, who is currently recovering from a shoulder injury, Jackson said after the tournament.

“I think it fits his style better, I think he’s strong enough to be able to wrestle with anybody at that weight class,” Jackson said of Shafer. “He’s going to challenge for that weight class. If Kyven’s not healthy, Cole Shafer is going to be a guy that’s going to fill in for us and be able to win for us.”

Shafer placed fourth at 184 pounds at last year’s tournament.

Other placewinners include Matt Gibson (first at heavyweight), Mikey England (second at 174) and Tyler Swope (fifth at heavyweight).