Iowa State drops third straight dual against Wyoming

Redshirt sophomore Chase Straw wrestles Bryant Clagon Nov. 26 in Stephens Auditorium during the Cyclones’ meet against Rider. The Cyclones were defeated 15-22. 

Jack Shover

Iowa State Cyclones fell to Wyoming 24-14 in the opening Big 12 dual of the season on Saturday night. The loss leaves the Cyclones 0-3 during dual meets during this season.

In the opening match of the night at 125-pounds, Iowa State’s Jakob Allison pinned Trent Olson in 3:48 which gave the Cyclones a 6-0 lead.

Wyoming’s Montorie Bridges then upset Ian Parker in 133-pounds, who is ranked No. 19 according to FloWresting, in a 4-3 decision. That left the score at 6-3 in favor of Iowa State.

At 141-pounds, Iowa State’s Kanen Storr, No. 14 per FloWrestling, faced No. 4 Bryce Meredith. Last weekend, Storr was pinned by Meredith in 2:04. The result was similar today as Meredith pinned Storr in 1:11 which gave Wyoming a 9-6 lead.

The following match, Wyoming’s Sam Turner was unable to extend the lead for the Cowboys after losing 7-3 against Jarrett Degen at 149-pounds. Degen’s win tied the score 9-9.

Chase Straw at 157-pounds then gave the Cyclones a 12-9 lead when he defeated No. 13 Archie Colgan 4-3.

The back and forth action continued as Wyoming’s Branson Ashworth, who is ranked No. 13 according to FloWrestling at 165-pounds, defeated Colston DiBlasi 9-1. DiBlasi is listed at 157 pounds, but both of Iowa State’s 165-pounders are injured. The major decision for Ashworth gave the Cowboys a 13-12 lead.

The Cowboy’s built upon their lead when Kyle Pope, at 174-pounds, beat Iowa State’s Colin Strickland by tech fall. In the second period, the Cyclones lost 1 team point for “control of mat area”. The 19-4 win extended Wyoming’s lead 18-11.

At 184, Dane Pestano for Iowa State lost 6-5 against Chaz Polson which allowed Wyoming to secure a comfortable 21-11 lead.

With only two matches left, Iowa State needed at least a major decision to remain in striking distance of a tie breaker, but 197-pounder Sam Colbray fell short against Wyoming’s Cody Vigoren. Vigoren won 8-5 in overtime to ice the victory for the Cowboys at 24-11.

The final match of the night was heavyweights Marcus Harrington for Iowa State and Hunter Mullins for Wyoming. Harrington won the match 5-3, but overall the Cyclones lost their third straight match against Wyoming 24-14.

Iowa State will return to action after a lengthy break at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, at against Northern Colorado in Ames, Iowa.

During that layoff, the Cyclones desperately need to remedy the consistency issues that have been plaguing the squad during dual meets and have led to defeats when the Cyclones are within striking distance of a victory.