National Duals: Bring on Minnesota

After falling behind early, the Iowa State wrestling team ran off a series of victories and defeated the Northwestern grapplers.

After falling behind early, the Iowa State wrestling team ran off a series of victories and defeated the Northwestern grapplers.


Jesse Sundell got the Cyclones started out on the right foot with an 8-2 decision over Daniel Quintela at 133-pounds.  Sundell used an early double-leg takedown to take a 2-0 lead.  Quintela tied the match with two escapes but an escape, a takedown, and a three-point near-fall pushed Sundell to the victory.


Top-ranked Nate Gallick followed Sundell with a 19-7 major decision over ninth-ranked Ryan Lang.  Gallick, last year's 141-pound runner up at the NCAA tournament, has been the most dominant wrestler in Div. I wrestling thus far.  Other than #4 Andy Simmons of Michigan State, none of the wrestlers have even challenged Gallick to this point in the season.


Jason Knipp picked up a big win for the Cyclones at 149-pounds.  Knipp did everything he could to wrestle Jimmy Kim for seven minutes but the Wildcat avoided Knipp at all costs.  Kim was nailed twice for stalling and Knipp was never in danger of giving up points.


In is first match since before the students' holiday break, Trent Paulson had his way with Greg Hagel and earned a 13-5 major decision at 157-pounds.  Trent did nothing special to earn his victory.  He overpowered Hagel for the entire seven minutes – earning takedowns whenever he wanted.  He pushed the Cyclones' team lead to 14-3.


Travis Paulson followed his brother's win with a gutty performance at 165-pounds.  Travis never trailed Will Durkee and held leads of 4-1 and 6-2 before Durkee earned two late escapes to make the score 6-4.


At 174-pounds, David Bertolino gave a valiant effort before falling 8-5 to second-ranked Jake Herbert.  Bertolino grabbed an early 2-0 lead and reclaimed the lead at 4-3 after an escape, but Herbert proved to be too much late in the match.  In a desperation move to get a takedown while losing 5-4 late in the match, Bertolino was countered by Herbert and a extra point for riding time earned Herbert the 8-5 victory.


It took extra time for eighth-ranked Kurt Backes to defeat ninth-ranked Mike Tamillow.  Tied at five after regulation, Backes made quick work of Tamillow in overtime – earning a takedown and a two-point near-fall to win 9-5.  Backes, who has been inconsistent as of late, dug deep to earn the victory and will need to continue to wrestle at the top of his game to help the Cyclones in the next round.


In the match after Iowa State had clinched the dual, Derek Nelson never had much of a shot against a quicker opponent.  Ranked 12th, Matt Delguyd scored early and often on his way to a 10-2 major decision.  Iowa State then forfeited at heavyweight in preparation for Minnesota.  With the forfeit, the 20-16 final score was much closer than it truly was.





Iowa State wrestlers will look to avenge an earlier loss to Minnesota when they face the Golden Gophers in the second round of the Cliff Keen National Duals.  Minnesota defeated the Cyclones 21-13 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis on December 9.


The Cyclones will look to avoid giving up bonus points after yielding three major decisions in their last meeting with Minnesota.  The Cyclones struggled at 125, 149, and 285 and must improve at these three weights if they are to beat the second-ranked northern powerhouse.  Though the Cyclones do not need to win these weights, they must avoid giving up a major decision, technical fall, or pin.


In the last meeting, Nate Gallick, Travis Paulson, Kurt Backes, and Joe Curran all earned victories.  Trent Paulson was the top-ranked wrestler at 157-pounds before being upset by No. 11 C.P. Schlatter.  Trent must avenge the loss if the Cyclones are to advance to the next round.


The keys for the Cyclones will be simple:

-          Nate Gallick must earn more than a major decision – a technical fall or pin

-          Trent Paulson must defeat C.P. Sclatter

-          David Bertolino must avenge a loss to Gabriel Dretsch

-          Kurt Backes must return from mediocrity and continue his unbeaten streak against Roger Kish

-          Ben Hanisch, Aron Scott/Jason Knipp, and Richard Schopf must avoid losing by technical fall or pin


The Cyclones have the talent to upset the Golden Gophers.  However, the Golden Gophers have the talent to run the Cyclones out of the gym.  Below, I predict the Cyclones advance with big wins from the Paulson brothers, David Berolino, Kurt Backes, and Joe Curran.


125 Travis Lang (UM) maj. dec. Ben Hanisch (ISU)

133 Mack Reiter (UM) dec. Jesse Sundell (ISU)

141 Nate Gallick (ISU) maj. dec. Manuel Rivera (UM)

149 Dustin Schlatter (UM) maj. dec. Aron Scott/Jason Knipp (ISU)

157 Trent Paulson (ISU) dec. C.P. Schlatter (UM)

165 Travis Paulson (ISU) dec. Matt Nagel (UM)

174 David Bertolino (ISU) dec. Gabriel Dretsch (UM)

184 Kurt Backes (ISU) dec. Roger Kish (UM)

197 Joe Curran (ISU) dec. Mitch Kuhlman (UM)

HWT Cole Konrad (UM) fall Richard Schopf (ISU)


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