No. 19 Iowa State made their return to Hilton Coliseum on Saturday after being on the road for most of this year and they did not disappoint.
The Cyclones dominated their way to a 34-6 win over the West Virginia Mountaineers.
As a starting line-up, Iowa State garnered 30 takedowns.
Todd Small (125 pounder) and Sam Colbray (174 pounder) garnered six takedowns each.
Jarrett Degen (149 pounder), who is notorious for never being the guy to get the first takedown, did and went on to pin his guy in 4:19.
Not a single Mountaineer was able to get more than one takedown in each of their respective matches.
Not even the team’s best wrestler, Noah Adams, who defeated Joel Shapiro at 197 pounds 6-2. Although Adams ultimately won, Shapiro was still able to secure the first takedown of the match.
The cardinal and gold were favored in most of tonight’s matches so head coach Kevin Dresser changed his line-up a little bit to help rest one of his main starters.
At 125 pounds redshirt freshman, Corey Cabanban started in Alex Mackall’s place, made his Hilton debut, and won 9-5.
“He stepped in and did a good job. The first time you get to wrestle in Hilton is intimidating so I’m sure the butterflies were bigger than him but he did a good job,” Dresser said about Cabanban’s performance.
Dresser decided to give Mackall the night off to help him rest a bit after getting sick.
“Mackall could’ve went but he was just a little bit sick,” Dresser said. “I decided to sit Alex because he got sick kind of later in the week and mostly because I want him to feel great tomorrow so we held our cards a little bit there.”
The Cyclones also held back 157-pounder David Carr after getting little dinged up a few weeks ago. Carr sat out last weekend as well and will be sitting out against UNI.
“Right now the plan is to rest him at least one more week,” Dresser said. “He’s progressing really well. If it was the Big 12 Championships tomorrow, he’d be wrestling. But we just want to make sure he’s feeling good. He’s probably mad at us we’re not letting him wrestle. He understands. We’ll have a hungry David Carr here soon.”
A big moment for the Cyclones tonight was when Marcus Coleman took the mat. If you blinked you missed him pinning Jackson Moomau in 24 seconds. But, the 184-pounder made sure to secure a takedown first to continue Iowa State’s streak of having the first takedown in each match.
The Cyclones have a quick turnaround as they’ll face off against No. 16 UNI on Sunday afternoon. Iowa State will have a bigger challenge come Sunday against the Panthers as they come in hot off a six dual win streak.
This will be the first time in three years the Panthers make the trip to Ames. The last time they were in Hilton Coliseum they won 20-12.
“We’ll talk about West Virginia maybe on Monday or Tuesday,” Dresser said. “All eyes, all focus is 110 percent on UNI right now.”
125: Corey Cabanban (ISU) dec. Joey Thomas (WVU), 9-5.
133: Todd Small (ISU) maj. dec. Lucas Seibert (WVU), 15-7.
141: Ian Parker (ISU) maj. dec. Caleb Rea (WVU), 8-0.
149: Jarrett Degen (ISU) pinned Liam Lusher (WVU), 4:19
157: Alex Hornfeck (WVU) dec. Grant Stotts, 6-4 (SV1).
165: Chase Straw (ISU) dec. Nick Kiussis (WVU), 4-1.
174: Sam Colbray (ISU) maj. dec. Scott Joll (WVU), 18-7.
184: Marcus Coleman (ISU) pinned Jackson Moomau (WVU), 0:24.
197: Noah Adams (WVU) dec. Joel Shapiro (ISU), 6-2.
285: Gannon Gremmel (ISU) maj. dec. Sean Mullican (WVU), 12-1.