AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa State wrestling team (1-0, 0-0 Big 12) opened its 2018-19 dual season in dominant fashion with a 37-3 victory over SIU-Edwardsville (0-1, 0-0 MAC) on Sunday afternoon at Stephens Auditorium.
The Cyclones won nine of 10 matches over the Cougars, including four bonus-point victories highlighted by pins from Ian Parker (141 pounds) and Marcus Coleman (174). Austin Gomez (133) and Jarrett Degen (149) also earned ovations from the ISU crowd, both earning wins by technical fall.
Alex Mackall put the Cyclones up early with a victory over Austin Macias in a scoring flurry. Mackall was in control for most of the match before Macias reversed Mackall and added four back points. Mackall would score on a late takedown and secure 2:33 of riding time to push him past Macias, 16-14.
Gomez kicked off a three-match bonus-point victory streak for the Cyclones. In his Cardinal and Gold debut, Gomez rattled off four first-period takedowns and added another 10 back points to take his match by 18-3 technical fall over Jacob Blaha.
Parker brought the 1,445 fans at Stephens Auditorium to their feet with a second period fall over Coleman Brainard. Parker was dominant in the match, tallying five takedowns before driving Brainard to his back.
Degen added five team points when he defeated Tyshawn Williams by 24-9 technical fall. Degen racked up eight takedowns and a reversal in his winning efforts.
Following the break, Brady Jennings knocked off NCAA Qualifier Nate Higgins by 10-6 decision. It was an unorthodox match, with Jennings scoring a takedown and three reversals to take down No. 19 Higgins.
Coleman was the next Cyclone to score bonus points. He racked up six takedowns before bullying Kevin Gschwendter to his back in 5:19.
Sam Colbray, Willie Miklus and Gannon Gremmel brought the Cardinal and Gold home with three straight decisions to close out the match. Colbray defeated Sergio Villalobos, 10-3, Miklus took down Chrsitian Dulaney, 5-3, and Gremmel put the exclamation point on a Cyclone victory with a 9-5 decision over Tommy Helton.
Iowa State will return to the mat on Nov. 17 at the Lindenwood Open.
125: Alex Mackall (ISU) dec. Austin Macias (SIU-E), 16-14.
133: Austin Gomez (ISU) TF Jacob Blaha (SIU-E), 18-3 (3:00).
141: Ian Parker (ISU) fall Coleman Brainard (SIU-E), (4:13).
149: Jarrett Degen (ISU) TF Tyshawn Williams (SIU-E), 24-9 (6:22).
157: Justin Ruffin (SIU-E), 10-8 dec. Chase Straw (ISU), 9-4 (OT).
165: Brady Jennings (ISU) dec. Nate Higgins (SIU-E), 10-6.
174: Marcus Coleman (ISU) fall Kevin Gschwendtner (SIU-E), (5:19).
184: Sam Colbray (ISU) dec. Sergio Villalobos (SIU-E), 10-3.
197: Willie Miklus (ISU) dec. Christian Dulaney (SIU-E), 5-3.
285: Gannon Gremmel (ISU) dec. Tommy Helton (SIU-E), 9-5.