15th-ranked Jeff Foust (197) took down Joe Curran (197) with 8 seconds left to take an 8-7 win and a 16-15 victory for Missouri.
"We knew what to expect from Missouri. They wrestled a smart match, a tactical match. Their plans worked better for them then ours," said head coach Bobby Douglas after a tough loss to Missouri.
Missouri (10-4-1, 2-2), ranked 10th in the nation took down the Cyclones (11-6, 1-2), ranked 7th, for the second time this year. The Cyclones lost to Missouri 21-18 at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals.
Missouri just matches up well with Iowa State and that showed today. One bonus point was the difference and that point came in the 174 lb match between Bertolino and undefeated and # 1-ranked Ben Askren. Iowa State came into the match with a 12-9 lead and only 3 matches remaining in the meet. Askren dominated the match throughout but Bertolino wrestled a good team match. Bertolino gave up a questionable takedown with 8 seconds left to give Askren a 14-6 lead and a 15-6 win with riding time. Askren did not seem to have complete control but he got the call and that's all that counts. This gave Askren a major decision and Missouri's first team lead at 13-12 with only two matches left.
Kurt Backes (184) kept his momentum rolling after a 10-2 win over Penn State's #1-ranked Eric Bradley with a close 1-0 decision over Raymond Jordan. This gave the Cyclones the lead again at 15-13 with Joe Curran set to face 15th-ranked and 2004 Big 12 champion Jeff Foust in the last match of the afternoon.
Foust jumped out to a 3-1 advantage in the second period but Curran tied up the score at 3-3 with a takedown of his own. With the score tied at 3-3 going into the third period, Curran chose down and escaped quickly and then grabbed another takedown to make the score 6-3 in Curran's favor. Curran was having some real problems with riding too high on foust in the second period and this time when he got too high it cost him. With 1:01 left Foust escaped to make the score 6-4 and then promptly took Curran down to tie the score at 6-6. Curran escaped to take the lead at 7-6 and only 48 seconds left, but the match was far from over. Curran was able to get in on Foust's leg on a shot but was not able to finish it off. After a tough scramble, Foust got the takedown with only 8 seconds left and took the lead at 8-7. Foust rode out Curran and took home the individual and team victory for the Tigers. "He got caught in a bad position, but he's a freshman. He's done a great job, but he just lacks experience," said coach Douglas on Curran's last-second loss.
Iowa State did get some good wins from Gallick, Trent Paulson, Schopf and a streaking Knipp but could not get the job done in some close losses. Nebraska and Missouri wrestle a similar style of wrestling and the Cyclones will have to improve on those toss-up weights in order to pull out a victory over Nebraska in their last meet of the season on Sunday.
HWT - Richard Schopf (ISU) dec. Sean Connole, 4-2
125 - Austin DeVoe dec. Ben Hanisch (ISU), 1-0
133 - Tyler McCormick dec. Jesse Sundell (ISU), 7-3
141 - Nate Gallick (ISU) dec. Chris McCormick, 8-2
149 - Jason Knipp (ISU) dec. Marcus Hoehn, 5-1
157 - Trent Paulson (ISU) dec. Michael Chandler, 10-3
165 - Matt Pell dec. Travis Paulson (ISU), 6-2
174 - Ben Askren maj. dec. David Bertolino (ISU), 16-5
184 - Kurt Backes (ISU) dec. Raymond Jordan, 2-0
197 - Jeff Foust dec. Joe Curran (ISU), 8-7