AMES, IA -- The University of Iowa wrestling team knocked off top-ranked Iowa State, 20-13, Sunday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. A sold-out crowd of 8,988 saw Iowa improve to 5-0 and hand Iowa State (6-1) its first loss of the season. Iowa scored two points in the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series with the win to make the series score 16-5. Iowa State clinched the 2007-08 series title earlier this week.
The Hawkeyes jumped out to a 13-0 lead with wins at the first four weights. Hawkeye junior Charlie Falck scored an 8-4 decision over Cyclone redshirt freshman Mark Kist at 125 to open the dual. Iowa sophomore Joe Slaton handed Iowa State's Nick Fanthorpe his first loss of the season with a 6-5 win at 133. Sophomore Dan LeClere followed with a 3-1 win over Nick Gallick at 141 to give Iowa a 9-0 advantage, and sophomore Brent Metcalf scored the first bonus points of the dual with a 14-4 major decision over Iowa City native Mitch Mueller at 149. Iowa State put its first team points on the board when sophomore Cyler Sanderson scored a 10-5 major decision over sophomore Ryan Morningstar at 157. Sanderson took Morningstar to his back with over one minute remaining in the third period, but the Morningstar held on to avoid the pin.
Iowa State struck first after the intermission when redshirt freshman Jon Reader scored a 7-3 decision over Iowa redshirt freshman Jake Kerr at 165. Kerr was wrestling for Hawkeye starter Mark Perry, who was serving a one-meet suspension after being disqualified for misconduct during Iowa's Nov. 24 dual with Old Dominion. Hawkeye sophomore Jay Borschel scored crucial team points with an 18-7 win over Aron Scott at 174.
The Cyclones rallied with wins at 184 and 197 to make the score 17-13. Iowa State sophomore Jake Varner improved his undefeated mark to 6-0 with a 4-1 win over Hawkeye sophomore Phillip Keddy at 184, and senior David Bertolino scored a 16-5 major decision over sophomore Chad Beatty at 197. Hawkeye senior Matt Fields sealed the team win with a 6-3 decision over sophomore David Zabriskie at heavyweight.
Iowa (5-0) will host its first duals of the 2007-08 season Thursday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes will face Northern Iowa (0-0-1) at 6:30 p.m. and Cornell (3-1) at 8:00 p.m.
Iowa 20, Iowa State 13
125 - Charlie Falck (I) dec. Mark Kist (ISU), 8-4
133 - Joe Slaton (I) dec. Nick Fanthorpe (ISU), 6-5
141 - Dan LeClere (I) dec. Nick Gallick (ISU), 3-1
149 - Brent Metcalf (I) maj. dec. Mitch Mueller (ISU), 14-4
157 - Cyler Sanderson (ISU) dec. Ryan Morningstar (I), 10-5
165 - Jon Reader (ISU) dec. Jake Kerr (I), 7-3
174 - Jay Borschel (I) maj. dec. Aron Scott (ISU), 18-7
184 - Jake Varner (ISU) dec. Phillip Keddy (I), 4-1
197 - David Bertolino (ISU) maj. dec. Chad Beatty (I), 16-5
Hwt. - Matt Fields (I) dec. David Zabriskie (ISU), 6-3
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