No. 11 Cyclones Drop Final Dual at No. 14 Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. ? The 11th-ranked Iowa State wrestling team finished its 2010-11 regular season with a 21?14 loss at No. 14 Nebraska on Sunday at the NU Coliseum. The Cyclones finish the dual season at 9-10 overall. The Cornhuskers rose to 14-5. Iowa State will next play host to the 2011 Big 12 Conference Wrestling Championships March 5 in Hilton Coliseum in Ames.
Iowa State's Jon Reader started the dual off in fine fashion for the Cyclones with a 16-4 victory over Caleb Kolb at 174 pounds. The senior racked up almost five minutes of riding time while turning his opponent multiple times throughout the match. Reader is now 32-0 on the season and is the top-ranked 174 pounder in the country.
In only his second match back after a lengthy injury layoff, Chris Drouin got the Cyclones back on track with a 13-3 major decision victory over Mike Koehnlein at 141 pounds. Drouin was up by four late in the match when he threw Koehnlein to his back to ensure bonus points for his team.
Iowa State's Max Mayfield used an early takedown and back points to take a very quick 4-0 lead in his match at 149 pounds against Ross Grande. The Davenport, Iowa native controlled the rest of the match to earn a solid 8-4 victory.
Neither Trent Weatherman nor his opponent Tyler Koehn could create much offense through the first three periods of their match at 157 pounds. Early in the overtime period it was Weatherman who took advantage of a scramble situation to earn the 3-1 sudden victory win.
Despite a loss to top-ranked Jordan Burroughs in the final match of the night, Cyclone head coach Kevin Jackson was pleased with the effort of 165-pounder Chris Spangler.
?Chris just learned on Friday night that we would need him on this trip due to an injury to Andrew Sorenson,? said Iowa State head coach Kevin Jackson. ?He came out and wrestled dang tough against one of the best wrestlers in the entire country. He ran out of gas that third period, but I am extremely pleased with the way he put it on the line out there.?
While the dual season is officially over for the Cyclones, the most important part of the season looms.
?Our next stop is the Big 12 Championships and our guys have to flat out be ready to wrestle,? Jackson said. ?It?s not that they have to learn something new between now and then, they know what to do, but they have to flat out compete. We saw some good things today and some bad things, we need to cut down on those mistakes and just compete harder at Big 12s.?
Nebraska 21, Iowa State 14
174: Jon Reader (ISU) mdec. Caleb Kolb (Neb), 16-4
184: Josh Ihnen (Neb) tech fall Cole Shafer (ISU), 16-1
197: Andy Johnson (Neb) dec. Jerome Ward (ISU), 5-3
HWT: Tucker Lane (Neb) dec. Kyle Slifka (ISU), 2-0
125: David Klingsheim (Neb) dec. Brandon Jones (ISU), 4-2
133: Ridge Kiley (Neb) dec. Ben Cash (ISU), 3-0
141: Chris Drouin (ISU) mdec. Mike Koehnlein (Neb), 13-3
149: Max Mayfield (ISU) dec. Ross Grande (Neb), 8-4
157: Trent Weatherman (ISU) dec. Tyler Koehn (Neb), 3-1 (SV1)
165: Jordan Burroughs (Neb) mdec. Chris Spangler (ISU), 22-8