Wrestlers Gain Split at Sun Devil Duals

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The second-ranked Iowa State wrestling team posted a 1-1 mark at the Sun Devil Wrestling Duals, defeating Cal Poly, 18-16 and a falling to No. 11 Arizona State, 22-20, at Wells Fargo Arena Sunday.. The split gives the Cyclones a 9-1 dual record this season.

In the victory over Cal Poly, Iowa State won the dual's last four matches to overcome a 16-3 deficit. With the Cyclones trailing 16-14 heading into the final match at 174 pounds, ISU redshirt freshman Grant Turner major decisioned Sam Temko, 19-6, to complete the Iowa State comeback and give the Cyclones the victory.

Iowa State redshirt freshman Trent Paulson started the ISU resurgence with his 17th win of the year at 149 pounds. The fourth-ranked Paulson major decisioned No. 14 Matt Cox, 11-0. Paulson's twin brother Trent followed in similar fashion with a 14-1 major decision over Keith Kroeger at 157 pounds, moving the Cyclones within five of Cal Poly with two matches remaining.

ISU junior Nick Passolano further closed the gap with a 6-0 decision against Eric Shortenhaus at 165 pounds, setting up Turner's match-winner.

Similar to its dual against Cal Poly, Iowa State fell behind to Arizona State, 16-3, but could not duplicate its earlier comeback. Starting at 184 pounds, the Sun Devils won the meet's first four matches to take an early 16-point advantage.

After ISU forfeited the 125-pound match, Cyclone Zach Roberson got ISU on the board with a 4-1 decision over Mike Simpson at 133 pounds. Roberson, the nation's third-ranked wrestler at 133 pounds, moved to 16-1 on the season after losing earlier in the day to Cal Poly's ninth-ranked Darrell Vasquez, 7-3.

After ISU lost the 141-pound match, Cyclone Trent Paulson moved Iowa State closer at 19-9 with his fourth fall of year at 149 pounds. Paulson pinned No. 11 Patrick Williams at the 4:19 mark, improving his season record to 18-0.

Arizona State's ninth-ranked Brian Stith gave the Sun Devils a 13-point advantage with only two matches remaining with his 6-2 decision over Jason Knipp at 157 pounds. ISU's Passolano won his second match of the day at 165 pounds with a 17-2 technical fall over Jamie Robbins. Passolano upped his season mark to 10-2. Arizona State forfeited the 174-pound match.

Iowa State was scheduled to compete against West Virginia, but the two teams decided not to wrestle.

The Cyclones will get a day off before heading to Fresno, Calif., where they will meet San Francisco State at 6 p.m. and Fresno State at 9 p.m. in the North Gymnasium.


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