AMES — Wrestling coaches and athletes love the word “dominate.”
Iowa State wrestling coach Kevin Dresser is no exception.
“When you have a chance to dominate, I like to dominate,” Dresser said. “Our guys are starting to like to dominate. That’s fun for fans and it’s what puts butts in the seats.”
No. 14 Iowa State dominated South Dakota State 47-0 Friday at Hilton Coliseum, the Cyclones’ largest margin of victory against a Division I opponent since beating ew Mexico 57-0 on Jan. 8, 1998. It was also the first time the Cyclones shut out a conference opponent since a 45-0 defeat of Missouri on Feb. 1, 1996.
Four Iowa State wrestlers won by fall and Willie Miklus won by forfeit.
True freshman Zane Mulder (165) was one of the Cyclones who won by fall.
Mulder made his debut Friday, filling in for fellow true freshman Logan Schumacher, who was filling in for Brady Jennings and Skyler St. John, who are both out for the rest of the season. Schumacher tweaked his knee last weekend, so Dresser had to dig deep in his lineup.
“You never know what you’re going to get when you throw a true freshman out there,” Dresser said. “I asked coach (Derek) St. John what he was thinking when we threw him out there and he said, ‘I have no idea.’ You have a true freshman against a senior. He was excited. He went out and made stuff happen right away. Zane went out there and hit some holds and got a pin hold at the end.”
Mulder came out guns blazing and got the first takedown 13 seconds into the match. His opponent, Logan Peterson, got an escape and Mulder, almost immediately, hit him with an ankle pick, which he locked up into a cradle to get the pin.
“I was just thinking, ‘Let it fly,’” said Mulder, a Grimes native. “I had intentions of going out there and winning. I wasn’t going to lose that match and I didn’t want to let my team down.
“Chances like these, they don’t come around too often. I just wanted to take full advantage of this opportunity and show the wrestling world what I got.”
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Dresser said Schumacher could be back as soon as next weekend against Oregon State. This is the second redshirt Dresser has burned at 165 pounds and it might’ve been burned for just two matches.
“Logan Schumacher is the guy, and I explained that to Zane,” Dresser said. “I said, ‘Zane, this is your opportunity, you can take it or leave it, but you’re next on the ladder.’ Some might say I’m crazy for pulling his redshirt but I’m a strong believer of, ‘When you get an opportunity, sometimes you take them no matter how long or short they are.’ You can’t tell me that what just happened in Hilton didn’t do something for Zane Mulder whether he’s in the lineup or not in there for the rest of the year.
“Stuff like that is a motivator for a kid in his career. You think about that match when it’s April and June and July and August. That kind of feeling can propel you.”
Mulder’s immediate reaction to his fall was akin to childhood exuberance.
“So many feelings,” Mulder said. “I had to get out of there because I was freaking out. I didn’t know what to do, I was all over the place. It was awesome.”
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