Nick Gallick (133) opened up the
night for the Cyclones with a hard-fought 12-10 victory over Justin Hulegaard of
At 141 Mitch Mueller wrestled an
aggressive and tactical match in a 14-4 win over Justin Satern of
The Cyclone career of the youngest
Sanderson to strap on an
"It felt really great. I think it was a great way to start. It felt really good to finally wrestle for the Cyclones because I've been waiting for a long time," said Cyler Sanderson.
#1 ranked Trent Paulson kept it rolling for the Cyclones at 157 pounds with a 13-4 victory over Aaron Cook. After a slow start, Paulson finished strong with seven-point third period to seal his first victory of the season.
5th ranked Travis Paulson was not able to wrestle an official match because of a forfeit, but he did get in an exhibition match win over Tyler Winkleman in a dominating technical fall at the 5:47 mark.
Grant Turner took the mat at 174 pounds with a mask over his face after his nose was hurt in practice. Turner didn't let that affect the outcome in a 12-6 decision over Josh Murray. It was closer than it should have been but the important thing is that Turner came away with the victory.
The electric Jake Varner didn't disappoint in his Cyclone daybue with a fall over Austin Hayes just 1:07 into the match.
"It's real big getting that first win out of the way just coming out of a redshirt. It's always good to get that first one out of the way," said Varner.
Varner is a real lightning rod and Coach Cael Sanderson thinks he'll be really fun to watch this year.
"He's tough. He loves to wrestle and he loves to dominate. He's a real competitive kid. You'll see that he doesn't mess around. He gets right after it," said Coach Sanderson.
6th ranked Kurt Backes
(197) put the pedal down and didn't let off the accelerator in a technical fall
victory at the 4:53 mark. Backes took an early first period 10-3 lead over
David Zabriskie (HWT) made got his
first Cyclone victory in a 9-3 win over Ben Strandberg of
Nick Fanthorpe (125) finished the
The Cyclones travel to
133- Gallick 12-10
141- Mueller 14-4
149- Sanderson Fall 3:58
157- Trent Paulson 13-4 Major Decision
165- Travis Paulson Technical Fall 5:47 (exhibition)
174- Turner 12-6
184- Varner Fall 1:07
197- Backes Technical Fall 4:53
HWT- Zabriskie 9-3
125- Fanthorpe Fall 6:43