Wrestlers Open Season Victorious

<b>COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA --</b> The Iowa State wrestling team opened the 2004-05 season with a 40-6 victory over Upper Iowa Sunday afternoon in the Lewis Central High School gym. The Cyclones scored bonus points in seven of ten matches and held a 31-5 takedown advantage on their way to capturing the fourth ever meeting between the two schools.

"I though we did a lot of good things," Iowa State head coach Bobby Douglas said. "We need to take our team around Iowa more in the future. It's a positive recruiting experience."

Redshirt freshmen Ben Hanisch and Aron Scott opened their Cyclone careers with wins at 125 pounds and 149 pounds, respectively. Hanisch, a Waterloo native, won his match using three near falls en route to a major decision over UIU's Jacob Elsbernd. Scott, an Oskaloosa native, scored a takedown with 12 seconds remaining to win his match against Upper Iowa's Brian Bloes.

The spotlight, however, was on Trent and Travis Paulson, the sophomore twin tandem from Lewis Central returning to compete on their high school mat. Trent, making his first start at 157 pounds after spending last year at 149 pounds, earned a technical fall 19-2 (5:00) against Sean Washington. Travis, also moving up a weight class to 165 pounds, major decisioned Matt Norton, 16-7.

"The second I saw that this meet was going to be on the schedule I was really excited," Travis Paulson said. "I consider Council Bluffs and Lewis Central to be synonymous with wrestling."

Rounding out the scoring were pins by Jesse Sundell and Scott Coleman, a technical fall by Trevor Smith, a major decision by Nate Gallick and a decision by Grant Turner.

Next on schedule for the fifth-ranked Cyclones is a Friday match against Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum. The Panthers return six NCAA qualifiers from a year ago.

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