In a wild finish in the final round of pool matches at the Collegiate Duals, #7 Iowa State defeated #14 Cornell 18-15 to set up a championship final against #16 Northern Iowa tomorrow night.
Kevin Dresser made some huge decisions to give the Cyclones the win, which included bumping up #5 Marcus Coleman to 197-pounds, and #2 Yonger Bastida to heavyweight. A risky move, however it paid off tremendously as both top-5 ranked wrestlers who bumped up got the victory.
Here is a breakdown of every match that went down.
125 – Corey Cabanban over #21 Brett Ungar, 2-1
Iowa State’s Corey Cabanban picked up a big upset over Cornell’s #21 Brett Ungar. Ungar was coming off a win over Oregon State’s #10 Brandon Kaylor, yet was prevented from scoring any offense against Cabanban. Cabanban stayed in great position, and was able to score the only takedown of the match in the second period.
133 – #3 Vito Arujau over #19 Ramazan Attasauov, 3-1
After a scoreless but exciting first period, Cornell’s #3 Vito Arujau was able to defend off an attack from Cyclone’s #19 Ramazan Attasauov that nearly scored on the edge of the mat. Arujau over pursued on a shot, which opened up an opportunity for Attasauov to score, yet stingy defense from Arujau prevented it. Arujau was unable to score a takedown, but the second period rideout was the reason for his victory. Attasauov had to chase Arujau for the takedown throughout the third period, but was unable to do so.
141 – #16 Vince Cornella over Zach Redding, 6-1
#16 Vince Cornella got the Big Red on the board first with a clean takedown early in the first period. Cornella followed his takedown with a great ride to end the first period, and continued to work and look for backpoints. Cornella found his offense again in the third period, getting a takedown to extend his lead.
149 – #1 Yianni Diakomihalis over #5 Paniro Johnson, 3-1 SV
#1 Yianni Diakomihalis got the match-winning takedown over Iowa State’s #5 Paniro Johnson, after a super close and contested match. Johnson nearly had the takedown at the very end of the third period to win, but Yianni miraculously slipped his leg out to go into sudden victory. In sudden victory, Yianni snapped and spun around Johnson for the win, and had himself and the Big Red bench fired up.
157 – Colton Yapoujian over Jason Kraisser, 6-4
There were a lot of wild moments in the first period that could have gone either way, but Cornell’s Colton Yapoujian was leading after one. Yapoujian was tough on top throughout the third period until Kraisser slipped through and was able to reverse Yapoujian with short time left. Not only the reversal, but Kraisser erased the riding time to send the match into sudden victory. Kraisser used his momentum to shoot in and score right away to give the Cyclones the big win at 157-pounds.
165 – #3 David Carr over #8 Julian Ramirez, 8-5
Cyclone’s #3 David Carr got points on the board first in this top-10 matchup, and used his speed to get in and finish. However, Ramirez got to his feet and picked Carr’s ankle while defending a single-leg, scoring a takedown and taking the lead. Carr evened the score right away in the second period, and had a beautiful knockback single when he was completely sprawled out. Carr controlled the third period, mostly riding out Ramirez and locking up riding time at the end of the third.
174 – #6 Chris Foca over Julien Broderson, 17-4
Cornell’s #6 Chris Foca continued his hot start, taking out Cyclone’s Julien Broderson 0-0. Foca started with a nice takedown, and followed it into a cross-wrist tilt for four more points. Foca continued to dominate, and ran up the score to 10-1 going into the second period. Foca’s pace slowed down just a bit, yet still picked up the major decision at 174-pounds
184 – Joel Devine over Evan Canoyer, 5-1
Stepping in for Iowa State’s #5 Marcus Coleman, Joel Devine wasted no time and got a clean takedown and followed that with a tough ride on Cornell’s Evan Canoyer. Canoyer tried to work on the riding time, but Devine was up and out shortly into the second period. Devine went back to his overwhelming pressure on top, riding out Canoyer in the third period and accumulating well over three minutes of riding time.
197 – #5 (184) Marcus Coleman over Jacob Cardenas, 4-1
The reason Devine stepped in at 184-pounds for the Cyclones, was because #5 Marcus Coleman bumped up to 197-pounds. The weight didn’t phase Coleman, as he blasted in on Cornell’s Cardenas and scored the first takedown quickly. Coleman surprisingly was able to ride out the heavier Cardenas for the entirety of the second period, and Coleman had over 2:30 seconds of riding time going into the third period. Cardenas had a few good looks in the third period, but Coleman was able to defend him off in a super impressive performance after bumping up in weight.
285 – #2 (197) Yonger Bastida over #15 Lewis Fernandes, 4-2
Cyclone’s not only bumped up Coleman, but they also bumped up #2 Yonger Bastida to heavyweight. Bastida was giving up over 60 pounds in weight to Cornell’s #15 Fernandes, and miraculously beat the top-15 ranked heavyweight in Fernandes. Fernandes chose top in the second to look to rideout the much smaller Bastida, and dumped in legs to put Bastida in a tough spot. In the third, Bastida chose neutral to look to score again. With 10 seconds remaining, Bastida blasted in on a low-single, and the convention center erupted after he scored to win the match and dual for the Cyclones, Wow.
FINAL – Iowa State over Cornell, 18-15