Iowa State's Jason Knipp captured the 149 pound title at the UNI Open Sunday in Cedar Falls while freshmen Mitch Mueller and Nick Fanthorpe placed fourth and fifth, respectively, at 141 and 125 pounds. Knipp, who finished third at the 2004 UNI Open, also captured his first Harold Nichols Open title in November. The junior from Waterloo is now 13-3 this season.
"I was very pleased with this tournament," head coach Bobby Douglas said. "Our freshmen made tremendous strides and really impressed me."
Knipp blazed through the 149 pound bracket, compiling a 5-0 record during the tournament. Seeded fifth, he upset the top-seeded Dave Espinosa from Missouri in the semifinals and beat Purdue's Mark Powell in the finals, 8-3.
Mueller, an Iowa City native who finished third at the Harold Nichols Open, scored six wins in the tournament including two major decisions and defeated three different wrestlers from North Dakota State. The former Amateur Wrestling News All-American is now 15-5.
Fanthorpe, who also finished third at the Harold Nichols Open, also scored two major decisions as he improved his season record to 9-5. The Naperville, Ill. native topped Wisconsin's Kyle Ruschell, 8-7, in the fifth-place match. Fanthorpe beat Iowa's Trent Goodale and Upper Iowa's Tyler Mumbulo earlier in the tournament.
Freshmen Tyler Bjustrom and Laramie Shaffer registered their first pins in their ISU careers while Dallas and Dane Kuper also had falls.