AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa State wrestling team (4-3 overall, 0-1 Big 12) won two duals on Sunday to wrap up their road trip out East with a 3-0 record. The Cyclones defeated Drexel (5-7 overall, 2-0 CAA) by a score of 31-12 in the morning. They then toppled No. 20 Penn in dominating fashion, 25-9.
"We have started winning those close matches," Iowa State head coach Kevin Jackson said. "We kept trying to score points at the end of the period. We competed like Cyclones. That's what stood out to me today."
Cyclone wrestlers won 14 out of 20 matches on the day, including eight wins that were accompanied by bonus points. Three Cyclones won both of their matches on the day with John Meeks (133), Mike Moreno (165) and Boaz Beard (184) all going 2-0. For Meeks, the two wins were his first dual victories in a Cyclone singlet, moving his record on the season to 5-6 overall and 2-5 in duals.
Perhaps the highlight of the day was No. 11 Kyven Gadson's upset victory at 197 pounds over Penn's No. 7 ranked Micah Burak. Gadson scored a takedown in overtime to come away with a 3-1 victory over the senior Burak, who was an All-American at 197 pounds in 2012.
"I'm 100 percent confident now that every time we step out on the mat, we will compete at a high level," Jackson said. "Scoring and seeing guys win matches late is encouraging and we did that today.
The Cyclones will be back in action Saturday at 2 p.m. to take on West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va.
Iowa State 31, Drexel 12
125: Ryak Finch (ISU) mdec. Jacob Goodwin (DU), 11-1
133: John Meeks (ISU) mdec. Clayton Lutzow (DU), 15-5
141: Luke Goettl (ISU) dec. Frank Cimato (DU), 8-7
149: Shane Fenningham (DU) dec. Max Mayfield (ISU), 5-3
157: Austin Sommer (DU) dec. Logan Molina (ISU), 8-6
165: Mike Moreno (ISU) mdec. Connor Moran (DU), 10-2
174: Mikey England (ISU) mdec. Kevin Matyas (DU), 14-6
184: Boaz Beard (ISU) WBF Bryan Sternlieb (DU), (2:36)
197: Brandon Palik (DU) WBF Cole Shafer (ISU), (6:18)
285: Matt Gibson (ISU) WBF Jon Max Wright (DU), (2:16)
Iowa State 25, Penn 9
125: Mark Rappo (Penn) dec. Ryak Finch (ISU), 8-2
133: John Meeks (ISU) dec. Geoffrey Bostany (Penn), 8-5
141: CJ Cobb (Penn) dec. Luke Goettl (ISU), 8-2
149: Max Mayfield (ISU) dec. Andrew Lenzi (Penn), 6-1
157: Logan Molina (ISU) dec. Troy Hernandez (Penn), 6-1
165: Mike Moreno (ISU) mdec. Casey Kent (Penn), 11-3
174: Tanner Weatherman (ISU) WBF Harrison Cook (Penn), (2:32)
184: Boaz Beard (ISU) dec. Canaan Bethea (Penn), 4-3
197: Kyven Gadson (ISU) dec. Micah Burak (Penn), 3-1 (SV1)
285: Kyle Cowan (Penn) dec. Matt Gibson (ISU), 7-3