AMES — Iowa State wrestling hadn’t been shut out in a dual meet since the 1950-51 season.
The Cyclones were guaranteed not to make history thanks to a forfeit from Iowa at 197 pounds.
Iowa State (8-10) lost to No. 7 Iowa (12-3) 35-6 at Hilton Coliseum on Sunday in Ames.
The Cyclones had opportunities to pick up wins, but fell short every time.
Iowa State Coach Kevin Dresser had some strong messages for his team after the meet.
Markus Simmons (133) got a takedown and tilt in the first period and led Iowa’s Paul Glynn 6-0. Simmons led 7-0 after an escape in the second period. Simmons lost 8-7.
“He got tired,” Dresser said. “He’s used to losing when he gets tired, and that’s a mentality thing. He has to change his mentality. Everybody gets tired. The great ones get tired and they step it up. He has to decide if he wants to be a great one or if he wants to be a guy that wears a singlet and gets a starting spot — there’s a difference.”
At 184 pounds, Iowa State’s Dane Pestano had a few opportunities to get takedowns, but failed to capitalize against Mitch Bowman. Pestano lost 3-2.
In the match, Iowa State only had one takedown — Simmons’ at 133 in the first period.
“I just don’t think (Pestano) pulled the trigger enough,” Dresser said. “I’m a Dane Pestano fan and I just don’t understand why you don’t go out there and throw it all out there.
“It’s a seven-minute fist fight with rules. It’s hard to win a fist fight when you don’t throw punches. Every time you shoot is a punch and we didn’t punch enough.”
Even though Iowa State has made progress this season, the meet against Iowa was a stark reminder that the Cyclones still have a long way to go.
Dresser believes it starts in the practice room.
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“I’m an old dude, I’m a coach,” Dresser said. “You get famous at practice. You have to make practice a war and you have to make it real. You have to go in and you have to warm up like it’s the national finals. Then you have to compete like it’s the national finals. Then when you get really tired, you have to suck it up like you do in the national finals. The sooner we get that across the board — redshirts, backups, everybody — then we rock and roll.”
As for the weight Iowa State won thanks to a forfeit, Dresser had a message about that too, but this one wasn’t to his wrestlers.
“I think it’s a chicken-blank move,” Dresser said. “We went and found a guy at 7/11 (Sinjin Briggs) and wrestled him all year at 125. They weigh in a guy at 197 and don’t wrestle him? That’s probably the difference between the two programs. The day will come when we even the score in this dual meet. We don’t roll that way, but they can roll how they want to roll.”
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