Vreach keys ISU wrestling win over UNI

Jeremy Gustafson

Cael Sanderson ran his career record to 138-0 and Joe

Heskett continued his quest for a national title, but

in a day when Iowa State was shorthanded, sophomore

Matt Veach’s win may have been the most important.

Veach used five takedowns to score a 13-6 victory

over Northern Iowa’s Drew Kelly and the No. 6 Cyclones

pulled out a 20-18 victory over intrastate rival

Northern Iowa.

Iowa State was forced to forfeit the 133-pound match

because of an injury to Zach Roberson, so the

sophomore Veach’s win was key as Iowa State increased

its dual meet record to 8-1. Its only loss came

against Iowa.

Iowa State was trailing the No. 10 Panthers 9-7

before Veach scored the decision.

“The Veach match was the turning point for us,” ISU

head coach Bobby Douglas said. “We had our ups and

downs today, but Veach was a guy who got us what we


Sanderson also knows how to get it done. He scored

his 12th pin of the season when he stuck Panther

grappler Jason Payne at the 4:03 mark.

The pin is the 197-pounder’s 12th this year and 51st

in his career. He is 19-0 on the season and his 138

victories rank him third all-time on the ISU career

list. He trails only Mike Land (150) and Dwight Hinson


“There are no downs with Cael Sanderson,” Douglas


Heskett scored a 10-2 major decision over Northern

Iowa’s Nate Lawrenz at 165 pounds. Heskett is 20-0

this season as he looks to win his first national


Heskett also has 124 career wins, tying him for

eighth all time with Joe Gibbons.

The Cyclones are next in action at the National Duals

Jan. 19-20 in Columbus, Ohio.

-Information and quotes from www.cyclones.com was used

in this story