Iowa State wrestling loses lead late against West Virginia


Though Clark Glass of OU dominated the match, Colston DiBlasi managed to recover ground by the end of the third period.

Curran Mclaughlin

Iowa State wrestling (1-11, 1-6 Big 12) appeared to have its second win of the season locked up in the dual against West Virginia in Morgantown.

The Cyclones maintained a lead throughout the dual until the final match when heavyweight Brandon Ngati for West Virginia pinned Jon Scanlan allowing the Mountaineers to snatch the win away, 22-20.

At intermission the Cyclones led 15-3, featuring Earl Hall’s 100th win and capped off with a first period fall from Colston DiBlasi.

The Cyclones then lost four of the next five matches including a major-decision and two pins.

A tech-fall from Lelund Weatherspoon at 174 seemingly put the dual out of reach for the Mountaineers before they would get back-to-back wins, one by major-decision.

Going into the final match at 285, the Cyclones were up 20-16.

Coach Kevin Jackson made the decision to put in Scanlan over Quean Smith. Scanlan led 1-0 after getting an escape to start the second period.

Scanlan and Ngati tied up slowly and swayed back and forth.

Suddenly Scanlan had flipped a full 90 degrees to his back, Ngati picked up the dual-deciding pin in 4:28.

Iowa State heads back home for the final dual meet of the season against Minnesota on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.