Iowa State drops 16th straight Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk dual to Hawkeyes


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Iowa State Head Coach Kevin Dresser looks on as Cyclone heavyweight Gannon Gremmel wrestles in overtime against Missouri on Feb. 24, 2019.

Zach Martin

Lines were long outside Hilton Coliseum nearly 80 minutes Sunday afternoon before the anticipated Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk dual.

That excitement from the crowd of 11,238 – the most for a wrestling dual at Hilton since 1999 – was tampered quickly from Iowa’s Spencer Lee and Austin DeSanto.

Lee defeated Alex Mackall by a 17-2 technical fall at the opening weight of 125 pounds which was followed by a 16-4 major decision from DeSanto over Todd Small at 133 that provided a hole too deep for the Cyclones to dig out of.

The second-ranked Hawkeyes registered 28 total takedowns and those two bonus point victories proved to give them enough cushion in their 29-6 triumph over 11th-ranked Iowa State.

It’s the 16th straight time Iowa has won the Cy-Hawk dual.

Falling behind a quick 9-0 deficit, Ian Parker needed a takedown on the edge of the mat with 14 seconds left in the first overtime to pull out a 6-4 victory over Carter Happel.

Then, controversy struck at 149.

Jarrett Degen appeared to have Pat Lugo pinned multiple times in the third period, but the side ref had a locked hands call throughout the scramble. After a review, the call stood and gave Lugo a 3-2 lead.

An escape made it 4-2 in favor of Lugo and in the final seconds of the match, Degen went in for a takedown that after a review, was ruled too late. Lugo won for the first time over Degen 4-3.

David Carr recorded a takedown and a two-point near fall to snare the upset over Kaleb Young at 157 that sent the Hilton crowd into an uproar.

Iowa’s Alex Marinelli recorded five takedowns in his 13-7 win over Chase Straw at 165 that was topped by Michael Kemerer’s six takedowns at 174 to garner a 14-5 major decision victory over Marcus Coleman.

The Hawkeyes officially clinched the dual at 184 as Nelson Brands pulled a 4-3, TB2 upset over Sam Colbray. 

Jacob Warner (197) and Tony Casssioppi (heavyweight) finished the dual with victories as Iowa won the final five weight classes.

Iowa State will have a weekend off before traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on December 6-7.