Iowa State wrestling pulls out the win over Oklahoma, 18-16

Iowa State’s Gannon Gremmel faces Missouri’s Zach Elam in Iowa State wrestling’s dual with the University of Missouri on Jan 17. (Photo courtesy of LUKE LU/ Iowa State Athletics)

Ellie Bousson

For the Cyclones first Big 12 match-up of the season against the Oklahoma Sooners, Iowa State secured the victory 18-16. 

It was a competitive performance by both teams, going back and forth the whole day, Iowa State was able to come out on top. 

Freshman Kysen Terukina, put the momentum in place for his team, competing at 125 against Mason Naifeh. Terukina secured the first point but gave up a takedown later, leaving the second period in a tie 3-3. 

With 15 seconds left, Terukina gets a takedown over Naifeh, earning the victory 6-3 decision. 

Another freshman, Ben Monroe made the varsity roster for his first time this season, he took on Mitch Moore at 149. The Sooner’s took back the lead after Moore had pinned Monroe, 6-9. 

David Carr competed against Justin Thomas of Oklahoma. Carr did not allow Thomas to take any lead the whole match. Carr walked away with a 4-0 decision victory. 

The Cyclones began to struggle with Tate Battani, Battani gave up the first points to Darrien Roberts. After a tie going into the third period, Battani gave up a takedown and an escape, losing 5-3 decision. 

Show-out, Yonger Bastida did not have the performance we have been used to this season. Bastida had trouble figuring out his opponent, Jake Woodley. To start the second period, Bastida was already trailing 0-6. Woodley defeated Bastida 12-0 major decision, leaving the Cyclones at a deficit 16-15. 

Senior heavyweight Gannon Gremmel pulled it together for his team. Taking on Josh Heindselman, Gremmel took the advantage right away with a takedown. By the end of the third, Gremmel and Heindsleman were tied 4-4. 

In the extra period, Gremmel rode out Heindselman, winning 5-4 and taking home the win for the Cyclones. 

The Cyclones head into next week 1-0 in Big 12, 4-1 overall.