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Iowa State defeats Arizona State Wrestling 19-15, Match Breakdown and Recap

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#4 Iowa State defeated #3 Arizona State 19-15 in a back and forth dual that was exciting throughout the entirety of the ten bouts. Iowa State won the first five bouts of the dual, but Arizona State rallied back and made it a narrow win for Iowa State. Most notably, Sun Devils’ #7 Kyle Parco defeated the Cyclones’ #3 Paniro Johnson in sudden victory that was a top-10 ranked matchup at 149-pounds.

Here is a breakdown of every bout that went down in Ames, Iowa.

157 – Jason Kraisser over Max Wilner, 7-0

The dual kicked off at 157-pounds, and Iowa State’s Jason Kraisser set the tone for the upcoming bouts with a 7-0 win over Arizona State’s Max Wilner. This was a great win for Kraisser, as Wilner was coming off an impressive 4-2 win over Cornell’s Gage McClenahan. Kraisser set the pace early with the opening takedown, and kept it going throughout the bout. Kraisser showed great awareness with defending off a couple great shots from Wilner, and scored two takedowns off scrambles and being in better position. It was all Kraisser at 157-pounds, and gave the home crowd a 3-0 lead after one bout.

165 – #3 David Carr over Tony Negron, 17-2

Cyclones’ #3 David Carr dominated in a 17-2 win over the Sun Devil’s Tony Negron. Carr got after his attacks right away, scoring two takedowns in the first period which translated into four backpoints with a tight cross-wrist tilt. Carr continued with a tenacious offense on the feet in the second period, and started to dictate where the match went throughout the bout. Carr was persistent with looking to score in the top position, and got another set of four swipes and went into the third period leading 14-2. It only took 30 seconds in the third period for Carr to end it, earning an escape and another single-leg takedown for a 17-2 technical fall.

174 – Julien Broderson over Josh Nummer, 17-5

Iowa State’s Julien Broderson kept the momentum rolling for the Cyclones with a 17-5 win over Arizona State’s Josh Nummer. Broderson took advantage of the opening period, scoring with a slick ankle pick and followed that with a near-side cradle for two backpoints and a 4-0 lead going into the second period. Broderson continued to put points on the board in the second period, as he quickly reversed Nummer and scored two more takedowns near the end of the second, and held a 10-2 lead after two. Broderson’s pace started to wear on Nummer in the third period, scoring takedowns at will to extend his lead into a major decision win. Another bonus point win put the Cyclones up 12-0 after three matches.

184 – #4 Marcus Coleman over #19 Anthony Montalvo, 7-2

Through four matches, Iowa State remains flawless with help from #4 Marcus Coleman in a 7-2 win over Arizona State’s #19 Anthony Montalvo. Coleman’s first period takedown proved to be the deciding factor in an entertaining bout at 184-pounds. Montalvo was down by a point entering the third period after he reversed Coleman and nearly held him on his back for swipes late in the second period, but Coleman had choice in the third period. Leading 4-2, Coleman forced Montalvo to press the pace in the third period, which allowed Coleman to open up and score another takedown to ice the bout for another Cyclones win. 

197 – #5 Yonger Bastida over Jonathan Fagen, 21-11

After a wild back and forth bout, Cyclones’ #5 Yonger Bastida settled in and worked his way to a 21-11 win over the Sun Devils’ Jonathan Fagen. Bastida pressed to put Fagen in danger early in the first period with upper-body ties, and found the opening takedown doing so. As Bastida looked to finish a fireman’s carry for another takedown, Fagen rolled him through to his back for a takedown and back points to take the lead. Bastida got back on top, and reversed Fagen to end the first. The second period continued to go both ways, as both wrestlers scored takedowns, but Bastida held a 12-10 lead going into the third period. Bastida’s pace started to overwhelm Fagen in the third period as he scored four takedowns and two back points to keep the Cyclones’ impressive start rolling. Bastida looked great after some adversity in the first period.

285 – #6 Colton Schultz over #10 Sam Schuyler, 3-2

Arizona State’s #6 Colton Schultz got the Sun Devils on the board with a 3-2 win over Iowa State’s #10 Sam Schuyler. Although Schultz got the opening takedown, he had to work really hard for it after a great shot from Schuyler. The heavyweight bout was decided by one takedown, but Schuyler nearly had another good opportunity to score late in the third period. Schultz showed great defense and mat control to a narrow 3-2 win for the Sun Devils.

125 – Richard Figueroa over Caleb Fuessley, 7-5

Sun Devil fans got to see Figueroa back on the mat, and he continued to look good with a 7-5 win over Iowa State’s Caleb Fuessley. With top-10 ranked teammate Brandon Courtney looking on, the dynamic duo at 125-pounds continues to be a problem and puts Arizona State in a really interesting position going forward into the season. Figueroa is still unbeaten in his redshirt freshman campaign (11-0), and disputably looks like a top-10 wrestler in the country at 125-pounds. Fuessley was in the match for the majority of the bout, but was pressured throughout the entirety. Figueroa led by a point going into the third period, but scored two more takedowns to extend his lead into a 7-5 win for Arizona State.

133 – #4 Michael McGee over #24 Ramazan Attasauov, 8-3

Sun Devils’ #4 Michael McGee made it three straight wins for Arizona State with a 8-3 win over #24 Ramazan Attasauov. McGee’s quickness and awareness on the mat really showed in this bout at 133-pounds, as McGee scored effortlessly on all of his takedowns. In the first period, McGee lured in Attasauov and scored off a shrug, and in the second period McGee used quick level changes before darting in on a low-double for another takedown and a 5-2 lead going into the third period. It was all around great wrestling from McGee, riding out Attasauov for majority of the third period, and getting a final takedown with seconds remaining to extend his lead to 8-3.

141 – Jesse Vasquez over #8 Casey Swiderski , 8-6

Arizona State’s Jesse Vasquez battled it out for a big upset win over Iowa State’s #8 Casey Swiderski. Although Vasquez led going into each period, Swiderski rallied back with three takedowns and sent the bout into sudden victory. Swiderski’s hard pursuit in the third period seemed to empty his gas tank, and allowed Vasquez to start pressuring in sudden victory. Vasquez swarmed Swiderski in overtime, firing off numerous shots before getting in deep on a single-leg and drove through to finish at the edge of the mat for the match-clinching takedown.

149 – #7 Kyle Parco over #3 Paniro Johnson, 7-5

In the most anticipated bout of the dual, Arizona State’s #7 Kyle Parco edged out a 7-5 win over Iowa State’s #3 Paniro Johnson. Johnson was able to find his single-leg dump twice in the first two periods, but Parco was able to score off a beautiful inside trip to take a 5-4 lead going into the third period. With choice in the third, Johnson quickly tied up the bout at 5-5 and nearly had another takedown but great defense from Parco pushed the bout into sudden victory. In sudden victory, both wrestlers showed unbelievable effort to score, but it was Parco who eventually finished off one of numerous attacks in the overtime period.

Final: Iowa State over Arizona State, 19-15

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Cael Turnbull
Cael Turnbull
Journalism Major at Temple University Graduating in May of 2023

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