AMES, Iowa - No. 19 Iowa State (9-4, 6-1 Big 12) came back in dramatic fashion to defeat No. 18 Northern Iowa (7-4, 6-2), 18-16, in wrestling action Sunday afternoon in Hilton Coliseum.
Down 12-6 with five matches to go, the Cyclones won four of the last five bouts, including the decisive match at heavyweight to come out on top.
Iowa State was down 16-15 heading into the final match at heavyweight, as No. 12 Gannon Gremmel was up against No. 13 Carter Isley. There was no scoring in the first period, but Gremmel took down Isley with :53 seconds left in period two and rode him out until the period ended.
He then stayed on top in the final period to win the match (4-0) and give the Cyclones the victory.
Iowa State, which won six of 10 matches, also scored a key victory at 174 pounds with Sam Colbray upsetting No. 5 Bryce Steiert, 7-6.
How It Happened
Todd Small won Iowa State's first match at 133 pounds, defeating Jack Skudlarczyk, 6-4. Small had two takedowns and a reversal in the match.
Ian Parker then scored a 7-2 decision over Max Thomsen in the 149-pound bout. After no scoring in the first period, Parker tallied a takedown and reversal in the second period to take command of the match. Parker improved to 17-3 on the season.
The Cyclones lost a close one at 149 pounds, as Max Thomsen edged Jarett Degen, 3-1 in sudden victory. Thomsen got the takedown with :33 seconds left to win the crucial match in the dual.
Chase Straw kept the Cyclones chances alive with a victory at 165 pounds vs. Austin Yant. The score was 1-1 after regulation until Straw got the takedown to win the match with :15 seconds left in the first sudden victory.
The big win for the Cyclones came at 174 pounds. Colbray fell down to Steiert, 6-3, and it looked bleak for the home team. Two escapes by Colbray trimmed the score to 6-5. Colbray then took down Steiert with :30 seconds left and was able to stay on top for the rest of the match in the 7-6 victory.
Joel Shapiro set up Gremmel's chance to shine with another win for the Cyclones at 197 pounds. Shapiro had two takedowns in the 6-2 victory over Isaiah Patton.
Iowa State travels to Missouri on Saturday (Feb. 22). The match is at 2 p.m. CT.
125: Jay Schwarm (UNI) pinned Alex Mackall (ISU), 2:17
133: Todd Small (ISU) dec. Jack Skudlarczyk (UNI), 6-4
141: Ian Parker (ISU) dec. Michael Blockhus (UNI), 7-2
149: Max Thomsen (UNI) dec. Jarrett Degen (ISU), 3-1 (SV1)
157: Paden Moore (UNI) dec. Grant Stotts (ISU), 5-3
165: Chase Straw (ISU) dec. Austin Yant (UNI), 3-1 (SV1)
174: Sam Colbray (ISU) dec. Bryce Steiert (UNI), 7-6
184: Taylor Lujan (UNI), maj. dec. Marcus Coleman (ISU), 13-5
197: Joel Shapiro (ISU) dec. Isaiah Patton (UNI), 6-2
285: Gannon Gremmel (ISU) dec. Carter Isley (UNI), 4-0