AMES, Iowa ? The No. 18 Iowa State wrestling team staged a furious comeback to knock off Northern Iowa 21-20 Friday night in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones fell behind 12-0 after the first three weights and needed bonus-point victories from Andrew Sorenson, Jon Reader and Jerome Ward for the victory.

Max Mayfield earned a huge 4-2 victory over Brett Robbins at 149 pounds. The victory is Mayfield?s first dual victory of the season, and came at a time when his team was in need.

Sorenson came out and immediately took it to Nick Pickerell at 165 pounds. The redshirt junior racked up 10 takedowns and was up by a score of 21-10 before the match was stopped due to an injury to Pickerell. The injury default gave the Cyclones six very important points that offset Iowa State?s forfeit at 141 pounds as Cyclone starter Chris Drouin continues to heal.

?The guys that went out for bonus points have bought into the mentality that leads to winning consistently,? Iowa State head coach Kevin Jackson said. ?Going into the final two matches I was confident that we would win. We didn?t match up that well with Northern Iowa but I was pleased with how we went after guys in the upper weight classes.

Reader continued his undefeated season with a dominant 17-1 technical fall over Brice Wolf at 165 pounds. The Davison, Mich. native turned his opponent four times and the match was called only half-way through the second period. Reader is now 29-0.

With the score at 20-14 in favor of the Panthers, Ward brought the Cyclone faithful to their feet with a big 12-3 victory over Andy O?Loughlin.*

The major decision by Ward meant that all Kyle Simonson had to do at heavyweight was secure a victory. Simonson did just that with a 3-2 win over Panther sophomore Blayne Beale to earn the team victory for the Cyclones.

?I went into the match without any panic,? Simonson said. ?I wasn?t tentative and didn?t feel much pressure. The desire to win trumps the pressure not to lose.?

The Cyclones will finish their home dual season on Sunday against Arizona State at 2 p.m. CST in Hilton Coliseum.


125: Caleb Flores (UNI) dec. Brandon Jones (ISU), 9-3

133: Ryan Jauch (UNI) dec. Ben Cash (ISU), 8-3

141: Joey Lazor (UNI) win by forfeit

149: Max Mayfield (ISU) dec. Brett Robbins (UNI), 4-2

157: David Bonin (UNI) mdec. Trent Weatherman (ISU), 11-2

165: Andrew Sorenson (ISU) win by injury default Nick Pickerell (UNI)

174: Jon Reader (ISU) technical fall Brice Wolf (UNI), 17-1

184: Ryan Loder (UNI) mdec. Cole Shafer (ISU), 11-2

197: Jerome Ward (ISU) mdec. Andy O?Loughlin (UNI), 12-3

285: Kyle Simonson (ISU) dec. Blayne Beale (UNI), 3-2