Cyclone wrestlers earn five victories over weekend

Jeff Stell

The ISU wrestling team completed a busy weekend by rolling to a 37-4 victory over Central Michigan Sunday at Hilton Coliseum.

Saturday, the Cyclones, ranked third in the country, traveled to the Simpson Duals in Indianola and earned four convincing victories. The Cyclones defeated Coe 47-6, Minnesota State-Mankato, 37-6, Simpson 42-4 and William Penn 43-5.

The five dual victories raise the Cyclones record to 7-0 on the season.

In the victory over Central Michigan, the Cyclones dominated the Chippewas winning nine of 10 matches wrestled. The Cyclones won four matches by major decisions and recorded a pair of pins.

“Overall, I thought that the team wrestled exceptionally well,” said ISU wrestling coach Bobby Douglas. “They scored a lot of points. We had some errors at the edge of the mat, but I thought they wrestled well.”

Cael Sanderson, top-ranked in the nation, moved his Cyclone career record to 90-0 with a first period pin at 184. Sanderson pinned Jeff Pangborn at 1:22 and was upset with himself after the match for getting such a quick pin.

“It was kind of an accident, I think,” Sanderson said. “I didn’t really want to get a pin that early. It was there, and I just went with it. I try to stay out there and work on my conditioning and my technique, but I went away from that today and I’m kind of kicking myself for that.”

The other Cyclone fall came from No. 1 Joe Heskett at 165. Heskett used a headlock and a cradle to build a 13-1 lead before pinning Mitch Hancock late in the second period.

Winning by major decision for Iowa State were Zach Roberson at 141, Cole Sanderson at 157, Perry Parks at 174 and Zach Thompson at 197.

After four duals on Saturday, Douglas used Sunday’s meet as a test to see what kind of shape his team is in. The Cyclones passed with flying colors.

“We wanted to see what our conditioning looked like on the second day, and we saw it,” Douglas said. “We’re not in bad shape. I think our conditioning is not a question. We’d like to be in a little better shape but injuries have played a part in that.”

Cael Sanderson was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler honors for the second straight year at Simpson Saturday. Sanderson won two matches by fall and two by technical fall. Nine ISU wrestlers went undefeated in the dual tournament.

“There was some outstanding performances by our captains, Cole Sanderson, Cael Sanderson, Joe Heskett and Zach Thompson,” Douglas said. “Our young people are performing well also. Zach Roberson is doing a great job, and overall we’re improving with every performance.”

One weight class that has given the Cyclones problems is 125. Sirish Neal went 0-4 at Simpson Duals, while Jacob Moore lost Sunday. Both wrestlers are inexperienced, and Douglas is hopeful that the results will improve over time.

“We’ve got to get them experience, and eventually one of them will rise to the top,” Douglas said. “We’ll have to get them more matches and more evaluations and see what happens.”

The Cyclones will be back in action Friday against No. 1 Iowa in Iowa City. The Cyclones have lost 25 straight duals to their intrastate rivals.