The Cyclones took down the Tom Brands coached Hokies team 32-11 in a meet that Brands hopes to see get closer as the Virginia Tech continues to improve as a program. I got a chance to talk to Brands about that very thing and this is what he had to say about the state if the Virginia Tech wrestling program.
"I think that if we can continue to fight and continue to battle, I think that we are going to really increase our chances," said coach Brands. "For the most part even in our losses tonight, even in the lopsided losses, I didn't have a problem. A couple times I did. You know the biggest thing is we have to turn this thing around attitude wise. We're a year and four months into it and they gotta start buying into it now. All that matters is how hard you're going to fight out there and that's what we convey every day to them in practice and when they start buying into it then I feel good about where they are headed as individuals and where the program's heading."
Iowa State got some big wins form Joe Curran (197) with a pin at the 4:11 mark and technical falls from both Aaron Scott (149) and Travis Paulson (165). # 1 ranked Nate Gallick (141) dominated his match with 6th ranked David Hoffman 19-6 and Jesse Sundell (133) was able to ride his Midlands Tournament momentum to an 11-6 victory. David Bertolino (174) came away with a 9-5 win and Kurt Backes (184) accepted a buy to round out the Cyclone victories.
This meet might not have been even this close had 2nd ranked Trent Paulson wrestled at 157 pounds. Dallas Kuper (157) let victory slip from his grasp as he had a lead over David Kiley of Virginia Tech with 8 seconds left but gave up a takedown before time expired and then gave up another one early into sudden victory overtime in route to a 5-7 loss. Trent Paulson did not wrestle because of a coach's decision but hopefully he will be in the lineup when the Cyclones head to Arizona to take on Arizona State and UC-Davis on Sunday.
The Cyclones ultimately dominated this meet and will hope to ride this two meet winning streak into Arizona.