Cyclone Wrestlers Defeat Utah Valley State

The seventh-ranked Iowa State wrestlers (3-0, 0-0) defeated Utah Valley State College (0-1, 0-0), 33-9, Friday afternoon in its home opener at Hilton Coliseum.

The seventh-ranked Iowa State wrestlers (3-0, 0-0) defeated Utah Valley State College (0-1, 0-0), 33-9, Friday afternoon in its home opener at Hilton Coliseum. All-American Travis Paulson and true freshman Joe Curran pinned their opponents at their respective weight classes to lead ISU. The Cyclones recorded 30 takedowns to the Wolverines' three and took five of the ten matches with bonus points. Iowa State is now 2-0 against UVSC.

 "We were worked hard in every match," head coach Bobby Douglas said. "They (Utah Valley State College) were well prepared. We still have a lot to work on."

 Travis Paulson, ranked sixth at 165-pounds, notched his first pin of the season in 4:30 over Mark South. In only his second match as a Cyclone, true freshman Joe Curran pinned Jamie Thornblad at the 3:44 mark.

 Other bonus points came from Nate Gallick (141), Trent Paulson (157), David Bertolino (174) as the trio recorded technical falls. Bertolino, seeing his first action of the season, picked up his second career home dual victory. Gallick followed a 12-takedown performance against Wisconsin-La Crosse with eight takedowns against true freshman Daniel Polkowske and two three-point near falls. Paulson pinned Cowan last year when the two schools met at the Wolverine Duals.

Ben Hanisch avenged a 2004 loss to Talon Vickers at 125-pounds with a 4-1 decision. Jason Knipp followed a strong performance against Wisconsin-La Crosse's Adam Kuchnia with a 4-0 decision against Justin Rawle.

 In an exhibition match at 149-pounds, Aron Scott decisioned Clayton Wolf 7-4.

 The ISU wrestlers will be traveling to Fort Dodge to compete in the Cyclone Open on Saturday. Action will return to Hilton Coliseum Dec. 2 to face in-state rival Iowa as the Cyclones seek their third straight win over the Hawkeyes.


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