Iowa and Iowa State was entertaining, UNI was good, but not great in one of the toughest fields before March and the prep tournament season kicked off with marquee events. Plenty to discuss from This Weekend In Wrestling:
The latest edition of the Cy-Hawk Series was an entertaining dual that provided the excitement that has been absent from the rivalry. The dual was the first one decided by one point between the two programs, excluding the 2 1/2-1 1/2 exhibition won by Iowa in 1913. The dual was just the third in the series decided by three points or less this century and fourth in the about the last 20 seasons.
The rivalry desperately needed this and it packs more of a punch than former Hawkeyes coaching in Ames.
“I think it’s good,” Iowa State Coach Kevin Dresser said. “I’ve always said we need to get Iowa-Iowa State back to how they used to be like in the 1980s. They were pretty fun and pretty entertaining. I think we’ll probably sell a few tickets next year in Ames.”
If it is anything like Saturday, it will be money well spent. The dual teetered on a handful of different things, especially in the final four bouts. Iowa State could have flipped the script had Willie Miklus been able to ride out a dinged-up Jacob Warner or succeeded in his reversal attempt as time expired. The Cyclones could have posted a win against a heavyweight not named Sam Stoll and were really close in a late flurry to downgrading Spencer Lee’s victory to a decision at 125.
Iowa State still had an opportunity to win at the end when Austin Gomez took Austin DeSanto from feet to back with a lateral drop. DeSanto fought off his back, despite appearing to choke on his chinstrap and own saliva.
“We have to be better in the third period,” Iowa Coach Tom Brands said. “We’re moving forward. We have another one coming to town. Lehigh is going to see this and will be champing at the bit. We have to regather. I have to get upstairs. There is a lot of communication that has to happen to several people.”
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Here are a few statistics from Saturday’s dual between the Hawkeyes and Cyclones. Iowa scored the first takedown in nine of 10 matches. Sam Colbray (184) was the only Cyclone with the first points. Iowa finished with a 17-10 takedown edge and had an advantage in every statistical category except escapes, including a 72-50 lead in total match points.
Iowa State outscored Iowa, 25-12, in the third period. If you recalculate the final period, replacing the 149 tiebreaker period for the third, the advantage increases to 26-10.
UNI places fourth in Las Vegas
Northern Iowa placed fourth with five medalists at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Taylor Lujan and Drew Foster powered the Panthers with third-place finishes at 174 and 184, respectively. Josh Alber (141) was fifth and 165-pounder Bryce Steiert was sixth.
Most notable, All-American Max Thomsen made his season debut after having shoulder surgery in the offseason. The former Union Community four-time state champ was seventh at 149 and is a welcome addition to the UNI lineup.
Coe earns ranked split
Ninth-ranked Coe split duals against ranked foes Saturday at La Crosse, Wis. Host UW-La Crosse, coached by former Cedar Rapids Regis-LaSalle Coach Dave Malecek, won seven bouts in the 11th-ranked Eagles’ 29-14 win.
Coe bounced back with a 26-20 win over No. 16 UW-Whitewater. Josh Gerke and Taylor Mehmen were 2-0 Saturday for Coe.
Sloan dominates for SDSU
Former Alburnett two-time state champion Tanner Sloan has posted a strong start for South Dakota State. He won the 197-pound title at the BVU Open in Storm Lake on Saturday, beating Wartburg’s 10th-ranked Kobe Woods, 16-1, in the finals. Sloan went 4-0, outscoring his opponents 64-4.
Sloan has reached the finals in three open tournaments, winning the Bison Open and getting second at the Daktronics Open.
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Wartburg had four champions at the BVU Open, including the 174 title by Kyle Briggs. He was one of three former Metro preps to win medals. Brenden Baker (141) and Shea Hartzler (157) were eighth.
Impressive at Indee
Lisbon duo Cael Happel and Cobe Siebrecht earned titles at Cliff Keen’s Independence Invitational on Saturday. They did it at the expense of nationally-ranked foes in the finals. Happel, a two-time state champ, defeated Ankeny’s Caleb Rathjen, 6-4, for the 126 title. Rathjen is ranked 15th in the country by flowrestling.com.
Siebrecht recorded an 11-2 major decision over Christian Brothers College (Mo.) 138-pounder Wyatt Henson for the title. Henson is ranked eighth nationally at the weight.
Lisbon finished fourth, one spot behind Solon, The Gazette area’s top team finisher. The Spartans had seven wrestlers place in the top eight, including 220-pound champ Mike Hoyle.
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