Cyclones finish third at Southern Scuffle, eight place individually


Mikinna Kerns/Iowa State Daily

Freshman Austin Gomez wrestles Jacob Blaha during the Iowa State vs SIU-Edwardsville match in Stephens Auditorium Nov. 11. The Cyclones won nine of the 10 matches over the Cougars.

Trevor Holbrook

Iowa State wrestling faced stout competition at the Southern Scuffle, including Penn State and Oklahoma State.

The Cyclones finished third behind those two, and eight individuals placed at the two-day tournament.

Headlining those that placed was redshirt freshman 133-pounder Austin Gomez. Gomez ultimately lost in the championship to Oklahoma State’s Daton Fix, 6-3.

Gomez wrestled one of the top matches of the tournament against Penn State’s Roman Bravo-Young. Trailing 8-3, Gomez ended up pinning the Nittany Lion.

Outside of Gomez, redshirt sophomore 184-pounder Sam Colbray finished fifth, capping off his tournament with a pin. Junior 133-pounder Todd Small also finished fifth, going 6-2 in the tournament.

Last year’s NCAA Qualifier at 149-pounds Jarrett Degen wrapped up his Scuffle with a fifth-place finish.

His final match came against California State University at Bakersfield’s Russell Rohlfing. Rohlfing knocked off Degen earlier in the tournament, but Degen pinned Rohlfing to secure fifth place.

Other Cyclone starters — 174-pounder Marcus Coleman and 125-pounder Alex Mackall — finished sixth for Iowa State.

Chase Straw secured seventh place in the 157-bracket, and heavyweight Gannon Gremmel earned eighth place in his bracket.