Iowa State routs North Dakota State in Big 12 dual

FARGO, N.D. -- No. 21 Iowa State went on the road and came away with a very impressive 29-7 conference victory over No. 24 North Dakota State. Iowa State would never trail, while winning eight of ten bouts in this dual.

The action got underway at 157 pounds with Iowa State's Chase Straw taking on Nick Knutson. Knutson would actually score the first takedown off of a nice throw. Straw would escape and take control the rest of the match. Straw used a wide variety of leg attacks to build an insurmountable lead and wound up with a 17-8 major decision.

At 165 pounds, NDSU turned to standout Andrew Fogarty to get them on the board, and he delivered. After a scoreless start to the match against Logan Shumacher, Fogarty got to his offense. Fogarty showed enough offense on his feet, to get to his offense from top, on his way to a convincing 11-0 major decision.

174 pounds gave us an interesting stylistic contrast with Iowa State's Marcus Coleman and his crisp leg attacks taking on NDSU's Lorenzo De La Riva and his seven minutes of scrambling. Coleman owned the early portion of the match with a pair of crisp takedowns, which he was able to finish quickly and before De La Riva could create a scramble. The match began to tighten up late in the second period after De La Riva closed to a one-point deficit behind a takedown off of a counter. The third period would be a see-saw battle between the two, as Coleman was able to secure a late takedown to ice this one and win 9-7.

184 pounds saw Samuel Colbray taking on Michael Otomo. Colbray was able to control this match from start to finish and showed outstanding explosiveness and quality leg attacks, as he secured a 10-3 victory.

197 pounds pitted All-American Willie Miklus against Cordell Eaton. Eaton fired off a quality shot early on, that Miklus was able to fight out of. From there, it was all Miklus and he secured a first-period fall for the Cyclones.

Following intermission, freestyle rivals squared off in Gannon Gremmel and Brandon Metz. Gremmel has continually found a way to win in this rivalry, but it would be Metz who struck first. Metz would get a snatch single for an early 2-0 lead. Gremmel was able to escape and secure a late first-period takedown to gain his first lead. From there, it was all Gremmel, save for one monster throw on the edge by Metz that was ruled no points due to lack of control. Gremmel would eventually secure the 7-3 victory and maintain his decisive edge in this individual rivalry.

125 pounds brought an unexpectedly tight match as Brent Fleetwood and Alex Mackall squared off. Neither wrestler generated any meaningful offense through three periods, and we had to head to overtime to decide this one. Fleetwood was able to fire off a shot and secure the overtime victory over a very game Mackall.

133 pounds was billed as the marquee match, as it was the only bout of the night that featured two ranked wrestlers, and it lived up to the billing. Austin Gomez was able to secure a first- period takedown and two nearfall points to take the early 4-0 lead. The nearfall came as Sykora tried to fight off the takedown and he bailed a fraction of a second too late. Sykora would escape to end the period down 4-1. The match took a dramatic turn in the second period as Gomez chose down. Sykora was able to dominate the period with a rideout and a four-point nearfall to take the 5-4 lead and get riding time over a minute. In the third, Sykora somewhat surprisingly chose down. Sykora was able to escape to gain the 6-4 lead but Gomez erased riding time. Gomez was then able to secure a takedown in the final minute and ride Sykora out to force overtime. In overtime, Gomez fired off a quick shot and secured the comeback victory 8-6.

141 pounds would bring the first of two Degen brothers to the mat, but on separate teams, as NDSU's Sawyer Degen would face Ryan Leisure of Iowa State. This was a back-and-forth match that would see Leisure holding a one-point lead with a minute to go before seemingly getting a takedown to ice the match. However, Iowa State threw the challenge brick well before the ref awarded two to Leisure. By the time the ref saw the brick, assistant Brent Metcalf was retrieving the brick on the mat. The referee noticed and ruled that the challenge had to take place. After reviewing the original action when the brick was thrown, the takedown hadn't been secured yet, so the takedown was taken away. Essentially, it wound up being an Iowa State challenge that wound up taking away two points from their wrestler. It wouldn't matter in the end, as Degen was unable to secure any more points and Leisure earned the 8-7 victory. Degen ended the match with 58 seconds of riding time too, missing the tying riding time point by two seconds.

149 pounds brought Iowa State's Degen (Jarrett) to the mat against Jaden Van Maanen. Jarrett Degen would rack up seven takedowns en route to a convincing 16-5 major decision to close the dual meet.

NDSU returns to action Jan. 12 against the Pitt Panthers in Fargo.

Iowa State returns home to face Fresno State on Jan. 13.

157: Chase Straw (Iowa State) maj. dec. Nick Knutson (North Dakota State), 17-8
165: No. 20 Andrew Fogarty (North Dakota State) maj. dec. Logan Schumacher (Iowa State), 11-0
174: Marcus Coleman (Iowa State) dec. Lorenzo De La Riva (North Dakota State), 8-7
184: No. 19 Samuel Colbray (Iowa State) dec. Michael Otomo (North Dakota State), 10-3
197: No. 4 William Miklus (Iowa State) pinned Cordell Eaton (North Dakota State), 2:53
285: Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State) dec. Brandon Metz (North Dakota State), 7-3
125: No. 9 Brent Fleetwood (North Dakota State) dec. Alex Mackall (Iowa State), 4-2 SV
133: No. 9 Austin Gomez (Iowa State) dec. No. 17 Cam Sykora (North Dakota State), 8-6 SV
141: Ryan Leisure (Iowa State) dec. Sawyer Degen (North Dakota State), 8-7
149: No. 11 Jarrett Degen (Iowa State) maj. dec. Jaden VanMaanen (North Dakota State), 16-5


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