Cyclones drop rare home meet to No. 5 Minnesota

Jake Calhoun

ISU wrestling experienced its first loss at Hilton Coliseum in over a year on Sunday after Minnesota defeated the Cyclones, 26-13.

No. 13 Iowa State (6-5, 0-1 Big 12) started off strong with a 13-3 major decision from senior Jon Reader over eighth-ranked Scott Glasser in the first match of the dual meet at 174 pounds. However, No. 5 Minnesota (10-3, 1-1 Big Ten) exploited the Cyclones’ weaknesses in their lineup from there on out.

A strong start from redshirt freshman Cole Shafer could not be followed by a strong finish, as No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus rode his way to an 18-3 technical fall to put the Golden Gophers up, 5-4, early in the dual.

After a 5-2 decision by a junior Jerome Ward, who wrestled cautiously while nursing an injury to his right knee, the Golden Gophers reeled off five-straight victories to go up, 26-7.

In the 157-pound match, redshirt freshman Trent Weatherman took advantage of a headgear malfunction of the Gophers’ Joe Grygelko, going on to win by a 2-0 decision. This broke Weatherman’s six-match losing streak that dates back to his loss to Iowa’s Derek St. John in the Dec. 3 dual meet in Iowa City.

The meet ended with an exciting come-from-behind win by 165-pounder Andrew Sorenson, as he defeated No. 7 Cody Yohn in a 9-7 decision.

Iowa State’s next competition will be the “Beauty and the Beast” match against Oklahoma on Friday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum.