Takeaways from Iowa State’s convincing win over Ohio

Iowa State redshirt freshman Ian Parker smacks Vince Turk of Iowa. Turk would win 13-5, upsetting No. 16 Parker. Iowa won the dual 35-6. 

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Iowa State wrestling took care of business on Sunday with a win over Ohio University by a score of 33-6. The Bobcats were outmatched at almost every turn.

Iowa State dominates

Iowa State lost two bouts in this match against Ohio. The Cyclones dominated every aspect, and it showed up on the scoreboard. Iowa State lost two matches in a row, at 157-pounds with redshirt junior Chase Straw and at 165-pounds with redshirt senior Skyler St. John, who was wrestling in his first dual of the season.

Aside from the close match at 184-pounds, it was pretty much all business as usual for the Cyclones.

“I like to go into every match thinking the same thing,” said redshirt sophomore Ian Parker. “Whether it’s No. 3 in the country Iowa or not-ranked Ohio [your] game plan doesn’t change.”

Parker won by 12-1 major decision over Kyran Hagan of Ohio. 

Mackall missed opportunity

Going into the dual, the matchup between redshirt sophomore Alex Mackall and Ohio redshirt junior Shakur Laney was supposed to be a big test for Mackall.

The Rutgers transfer has been sitting just outside national rankings with no big wins to push him over the edge.

Laney is ranked No. 18 by InterMat, and he had a chance to steal a win from the No. 23 ranked Cyclones.

Unfortunately for both sides, Laney wasn’t able to make weight prior to the matchup, which caused a forfeit and six team points for the Cyclones.

Colbray avoids upset

Redshirt sophomore Sam Colbray has been gaining national recognition after a hot start to the year. He is ranked within the top 20 in numerous national polls for 184-pounds, but on Sunday his matchup against junior Hunter Yeargen was much closer than expected.

The two were neck and neck most of the way with Yeargen leading by one point late. Colbray knocked Yeargen down just as time expired and was not granted a takedown. Iowa State challenged the call, and after review, the officials overturned it and gave Colbray the takedown and the 9-8 win.

“The way the rule reads, if your fingernail touches for a millisecond it’s reaction time,” Dresser said. “I’m not saying I agree with the rule, but that’s the rule.”

What’s next

The Cyclones will take a week off from competition for the holidays and then be back in action at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on New Year’s Day.