Sanderson's Boys Notch First Win

Cael Sanderson and his young Iowa State wrestling team put together their first win of the 2006-07 season with a dominating 46-0 victory over Buena Vista University.

Nick Gallick (133) opened up the night for the Cyclones with a hard-fought 12-10 victory over Justin Hulegaard of Buena Vista. Hulagaard came into the match ranked 2nd in NCAA Division III and gave Gallick all he could handle. Hulegaard took a 5-4 first period lead, but Gallick used a beautiful 5-point move to throw Hulegaard to his back and take the lead for good.


At 141 Mitch Mueller wrestled an aggressive and tactical match in a 14-4 win over Justin Satern of Buena Vista. 


The Cyclone career of the youngest Sanderson to strap on an Iowa State uniform turned out to be an exciting one with a fall at the 3:58 mark. Cyler Sanderson used a fast start with three takedowns in the first 1:15 to get the momentum swinging his way.


"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 Buena Vista's Brian Stueve and then just outworked him for the win.


David Zabriskie (HWT) made got his first Cyclone victory in a 9-3 win over Ben Strandberg of Buena Vista. Zibriskie will be a marked improvement in a spot where the Cyclones really struggled last year.


Nick Fanthorpe (125) finished the Iowa State victory with a bang in a fall at the 6:43 mark. Buena Vista's Julian Gunnels wrestled tough, keeping the match close into the third period, but a wrong turn left the door open for Fanthorpe to turn him. Fanthorpe took advantage of his mistake and notched his first Cyclone win with a fall.


The Cyclones travel to Fort Dodge for the Harold Nichols Open tomorrow at Iowa Central Community College.   


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


Iowa State 46, Buena Vista 0






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