ISU Victorious On The Mat

Kurt Backes (184) had one of the biggest wins in his Iowa State career as he defeated #1 ranked Eric Bradley and led Iowa State to a 20-18 win over Penn State.

Penn State (10-4, 2-3) came into Sunday afternoon's meet with some confidence after taking down #7 Iowa Friday night, 21-12. Bobby Douglas and his Iowa State team (11-5, 1-1) knew that they were going to have to wrestle at a high level just to be able to compete with Penn State's 9 ranked wrestlers. In comparison, the Cyclones took 4 ranked wrestlers to the mat today, but there is not a measuring stick for the heart and will to win that the 8th-ranked Cyclones showed.


"We're starting to wrestle as a team," said Jason Knipp(149), "We've had meetings about it and we are starting to get that fire as a team instead of individuals." Fire is exactly what Knipp showed in a huge win for the team as he took down 11th-ranked James Woodall in a 6-4 decision. The match went back and forth with no real advantage for either wrestler until Knipp scored a takedown with 30 seconds left to break a 4-4 tie and rode Woodall out to clinch the victory. "Two weeks ago (with a win over UNI) we really started to step it up. Since National Duals and not performing very well, practices have been really great since then."


Nate Gallick (141) came through in a big way with a 17-6 major decision over 10th-ranked DeWitt Driscoll. Gallick wrestled an aggressive match that paid off in the third period when the conditioning kicked in. He scored 8 of his 17 points in the exciting third period. "This year I have really been working on my conditioning and trying to score a lot more points," said Gallick after his dominating performance.


Brothers Trent (157) and Travis (165) Paulson kept the Cyclone momentum rolling with two key wins. Trent had a workman-like 7-0 victory over 14th-ranked Nathan Galloway in a Trent Paulson controlled effort. Travis added a huge win over 12th-ranked David Erwin. Erwin, a talented Freshman, was put to his back and pinned by Travis at the 4:34 mark and the great crown at Ames High School erupted! The meet was placed at Ames High School because of the conflicting basketball game at Hilton Coliseum.


Not to be outmatched, Kurt Backes (184) put together one of his most impressive victories of his college career. Backes, ranked 9th, came into the match with a season full of ups and downs but a chance for a new start with win over #1 ranked Eric Bradley. The first period went back and forth with neither man having any real advantage, but the second period was the difference maker. Backes came out aggressively and took a 4-2 advantage into the third period. Backes knew that he could stick with him but it was really Bradley that had the problem sticking with Backes. Backes scored 6 points in the third to capture a huge 10-2 victory that hopefully will keep him rolling toward the NCAA Tournament. "It's a good feeling when you know that when the third period comes along you're going to be feeling good and they're tired," said Backes.


This was a good win for the Cyclones against a talented team. Hopefully Iowa State can keep up the intensity and avenge an earlier loss when Missouri comes to Hilton next Sunday.


No. 8 Iowa State 20, No. 9 Penn State 18

125 - Brad Pataky maj. dec. Ben Hanisch (ISU), 13-0

133 - Jake Strayer dec. Jesse Sundell (ISU), 6-4

141 - Nate Gallick (ISU) maj. dec. DeWitt Driscoll, 17-6

149 - Jason Knipp (ISU) dec. James Woodall, 6-4

157 - Trent Paulson (ISU) dec. Nathan Galloway, 7-0

165 - Travis Paulson (ISU) pinned David Erwin, 4:34

174 - James Yonushonis dec. David Bertolino (ISU), 5-3 SV2

184 - Kurt Backes (ISU) maj. dec. Eric Bradley, 10-2

197 - Philip Davis maj. dec. Joe Curran (ISU), 13-1

HWT - Aaron Anspach maj. dec. Richard Schopf (ISU), 15-5


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