Iowa State Defeats Northern Iowa, 38-3

Iowa State dominates the Panthers after two consecutive losses.

AMES, Iowa – The fifth-ranked Cyclones took nine of 10 matches and recorded bonus points in five bouts en route to defeating intrastate rival Northern Iowa, 38-3 Sunday afternoon in Hilton Coliseum. The 35-point margin of victory equals the ISU series best. Iowa State defeated Northern Iowa 35-0 Jan. 21, 1966 in Ames.

ISU's Nick Fanthorpe (125) and Nick Gallick (133) opened the dual with a statement, each recording pins. Cyclones Grant Turner (174) and Kurt Backes (197) each registered major decisions. The Cyclones have won four straight against UNI and now lead the series, 48-16. Iowa State improves to 3-2 in dual meet action, while UNI slips to 0-3.

"We knew that Northern Iowa would have a good team, especially after they drew five-to-five with Iowa," ISU head wrestling coach Cael Sanderson said. "We're not going to get overly excited right now because winning and losing is a learning experience as we head toward March."

Fanthorpe avenged an early-season loss to Kyle Anson by pinning him in the second period. After registering a takedown and a three-point nearfall in the first period, Fanthorpe was able to stick Anson at the 4L22 mark, midway through the second period. Fanthorpe tallied his third win by fall of the season and improved to 11-4 on the season.

"I came out aggressive and went for the takedown," the Naperville, Ill.-native Fanthorpe said. "I got a quarter in on him and was able to take advantage of it. It was one of those things where I was in the right position to do the move."

Following up with a pin of his own at 133-pounds was Gallick, who took down Brett Robbins within the opening seconds of the match. He was able to stick the Panther in 2:02. It was Gallick's fifth pin of the year. The Tuscon, Ariz. native is 11-4 overall.

"Fanthorpe and Gallick came out being the aggressor," head coach Cael Sanderson said. "If you dictate the tempo of the match, good things will often happen to you."

Familiar foes, Travis Paulson and Nick Baima collided on the mat at 165-pounds, with Paulson picking up his seventh career  victory over Baima, a 7-4 decision. Paulson, a two-time All-American, began the second period from the down position and quickly escaped. Paulson was up 4-2 on Baima after two periods. Paulson tallied a second takedown in the third period and received a point courtesy of an illegal move by Baima. Adding 1:22 worth of riding time, Paulson emerged victorious by a final score of 7-4.

"Cael has been on us to pick up the pace," Paulson said. "He wants us to be more on the offense throughout the match"

Rebounding from a tough loss a week ago at 174-pounds, Grant Turner scored a 17-8 major decision over Alex Dolly. Deadlocked at 2-2 after the first period of action, Turner scored a takedown and a three-point nearfall to give him a 9-6 advantage going into the final periodof action. The Johnston, Iowa, native maintained his momentum, scoring three more takedowns and accumulating 1:49 worth of riding time.

At 184-pounds, Iowa State All-American Kurt Backes picked up his second victory by major decision as he defeated Andrew Anderson, 18-5. Backes took down Anderson five times throughout the match and also scored back points on two occasions. Backes is now 11-1.

Iowa State wrestlers will return to action Dec. 29-30 as they will travel to Evanston, Ill. to compete in the Midlands Championship. The Cyclones will then trek to Cedar Falls, Iowa to take part in the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals Jan. 13-14. Wrestling action will come back to Ames Jan. 26 as the ISU will play host to Oklahoma at 7 p.m.

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