Iowa State drop season-opening duals in Boston

Jake Calhoun

The ISU wrestling team lost its season-opening duals to Army and Boston on Sunday.

The No. 24 Cyclones (0-2) began their day against the Knights (2-0), who pulled away early with pins in the 133- and 149-pound matches. A pin from senior Andrew Sorenson in the 165-pound match helped put Iowa State back in contention in the dual.

Despite big matches that followed — a major decision from Boaz Beard at 184 and a pin from Cole Shafer at 197 — the Cyclones dropped 23-22 to Army.

Hours later, the Cyclones took the mat against the Terriers (1-1), with similar losses in the lightweight matches.

Redshirt freshman Mikey England pulled off an upset against No. 5 Hunter Meys, defeating the ranked foe 4-3 in the 174-pound match.

Another major decision by Beard gave the Cyclones their first lead of the dual since Ryak Finch’s major decision in the 125-pound match.

However, it wasn’t enough, as the Terriers would go on to win their final two matches to win 21-16.

Iowa State next competes at the Harold Nichols Open next Sunday.