AMES, Iowa – The fifth-ranked Cyclones kept it close, but were unable to knock off top-ranked Minnesota Friday night in Hilton Coliseum, falling 19-13. Four Iowa State wrestlers claimed victory, including All-American Kurt Backes at 197 pounds with a major decision. Also picking up wins for ISU were Nick Gallick at 133-pounds and Trent and Travis Paulson at 157- and 165-pounds, respectively. The Cyclones slipped to 2-2 in dual meet action, while the Gophers improved to 5-1.
"This team is learning," head coach Cael Sanderson said. "We need to
work on finishing our moves and not focus on the scoreboard. I believe in
this team and each match will help us in the long run. We're counting on
Backes to lead us as a senior should. He went out and got some bonus
points. I thought this was a great experience for Varner. We kept
going for big moves in that match which is a freshman mistake.
tallied the only team bonus points on the night with a 14-3 major decision over
Yura Malamura. After starting out slow, Backes rallied to score a reversal, a
takedown and a three-point nearfall in the second period to take 10-3 lead.
Malamura was tagged for stalling twice in the third period, giving Backes three
more points. Backes, a Neshanic Station, N.J. native, is now 10-1 in his senior
Putting the first points on the board for the Cyclones was
redshirt freshman Nick Gallick at 133-pounds with a 5-2 victory over Minnesota's
Mike Thorn. Within the first 10 seconds, Gallick scored a takedown to go up 2-0.
Thorn evened the score at two with a reversal mid-way through the first period.
Gallick, a Tucson, Ariz. native, was able to tack on two escapes, one in the
second period and another in third giving him a 4-2 advantage. Adding 2:05 worth
of riding time, Gallick won the match by a score of 5-2 and improves to 10-3 on
At 157-pounds, two-time All-American Trent Paulson downed
Tyler Safratowich, 5-3. After one period of action, Paulson held a 4-1 advantage
on the Minnesota sophomore. An escape in the third period closed out the match
and ultimately the victory. Paulson, who is the top-ranked wrestler at
157-pounds, pushes his record to 9-1.
"Coach Sanderson has been
stressing to keep working to score all the time," Paulson said. "I think I
wrestled better tonight than I did at Iowa. The freshman on this team are
going to keep getting better and we will be tougher as the season goes
Following up with another victory was Travis Paulson at 165 pounds
as he blanked Jeremy Larson, 7-0. The third-ranked, two-time All-American
Paulson took Larson down late in the first period. He carried that momentum into
the second period as he scored a three-point nearfall, going up 5-0. Paulson
capped off the match with an escape in the third and 1:57 worth of riding time,
giving him the 7-0 decision.
Iowa State's wrestling team will return to
action in Hilton Coliseum Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. as it will play host intrastate
rival, Northern Iowa.
Cyclones Wrestlers Fall to Minnesota, 19-13
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