Iowa State edged out by Drexel in first wrestling dual meet

Trevor Holbrook

Iowa State wrestled its first dual match under Kevin Dresser and his staff on Sunday.

The Cyclones lost their first dual of the season to Drexel, 21-16.

Redshirt senior 184-pounder Dane Pestano kicked off Iowa State’s dual season. Pestano matched up with Drexel’s redshirt sophomore Owen Brooks.

Pestano cruised through the match, snagging a 14-6 major decision.

Redshirt freshman 197-pounder Sam Colbray made his debut following the 184-pound match. Drexel’s redshirt junior Stephen Loiseau put Colbray in a tough position that Colbray couldn’t overcome, resulting in a pin.

Redshirt junior heavyweight Marcus Harrington put Iowa State back in the win column after dominating Drexel’s freshman Sean O’Malley on his way to a 11-2 major decision.

After wrestling for the club team last season, sophomore 125-pounder Jakob Allison made his debut as a walk-on on Sunday.

Allison lost via a 5-0 decision, but the newcomer proved he belonged, riding hard throughout the second and third periods.

The 133-pound match featured arguably the most entertainment of the day. Drexel’s freshman Austin DeSanto competed against Iowa State’s redshirt freshman Ian Parker.

The athletes were deadlocked at 3-3 at the end of the first period. Parker managed to grab a 6-4 lead after two periods and followed it up with a final score of 7-5.

Moving on to the 141-pounders, Iowa State redshirt freshman Kanen Storr showcased his talent against Drexel’s redshirt freshman Julian Flores.

Storr controlled the match, picking up a 22-7 technical fall.

After an impressive showing at the Cyclone Open, redshirt freshman 149-pounder Gavin DeWitt earned a dual start against Drexel. DeWitt didn’t maintain his momentum, getting edged out 6-4 in sudden victory.

Redshirt sophomore 157-pounder Chase Straw got the next crack at a win for the Cyclones. Straw lost to a grindy freshman Evan Barczak in a 10-8 decision.

Redshirt junior 165-pounder Logan Breitenbach followed with another close loss. This time the final score was 5-4.

Down 18-16 with only the 174-pound match left, the Cyclones needed a win from redshirt sophomore Luke Entzel.

Entzel failed to collect the needed win, losing in a 5-3 decision.