Cyclone Wrestlers Rally to Beat Hawks

AMES, Iowa - Iowa State's Nick Passolano pinned Iowa's Cole Pape in 36 seconds to break ISU's 30-dual drought to the Hawkeyes, 21-13. The Cyclones registered four-straight decisions starting at 133 pounds to overcome a 10-point deficit and clinch their first victory over Iowa since 1987.

Iowa State started its comeback with 133-pound All-American Zach Roberson. Roberson notched a 10-5 decision over 10th-ranked Todd Meneely closing the team score to 13-6. ISU's eighth-ranked Nate Gallick followed with a 6-3 upset of two-time All-American Cliff Moore. Gallick scored an early takedown in the first period and another in the third to hold off the fourth-ranked Moore.

With the Cyclones trailing 13-9, ISU twins Trent and Travis Paulson completed Iowa State's resurgence with back-to-back decisions at 149 and 157 pounds, respectively. Trent scored a 5-1 overtime win against sixth-ranked Ty Eustice and Travis defeated 10th-ranked Joe Johnston, 7-4 to give ISU a 15-13 advantage heading into the final match at 165 pounds.

Passolano, a returning 165-pound NCAA qualifier wrestling in just his third match of the season, closed out the Cyclone win in emphatic fashion pinning Pape in 36 seconds.

Iowa State redshirt freshman Kurt Backes contributed to the ISU victory with a 4-3 decision over 14th-ranked Paul Bradley at 184 pounds. Backes, down 3-2 with 34 seconds left in the third period, registered a takedown seven seconds later to overtake Bradley.

The Cyclones improved their dual record to 7-0 and the Hawkeyes fall to 4-1 on the season.

174 -- Tyler Nixt (I) maj. dec. Nels Matson (ISU), 19-8 184 -- Kurt Backes (ISU) dec. Paul Bradley (I), 4-3 197 -- Ryan Fulsaas (I) dec. Trevor Smith (ISU), 3-2 HWT -- Ryan Fuller (I) dec. Richard Schopf (ISU), 10-5 125 -- Luke Eustice (I) dec. Grant Nakamura (ISU), 7-5 133 -- Zach Roberson (ISU) dec. Todd Meneely (I), 10-5 141 -- Nate Gallick (ISU) dec. Cliff Moore (I), 6-3 149 -- Trent Paulson (ISU) dec. Ty Eustice (I), 5-1 OT 157 -- Travis Paulson (ISU) dec. Joe Johnston, 7-4 165 -- Nick Passolano (ISU) pinned Cole Pape, :36

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