It was emotional, back-and-forth wrestling, and it all hinged on a dual final between No. 4 Iowa and No. 10 Oklahoma. Through it all, the Cyclones were able to pull off an 18-11 win on Sunday.
The first two games were split by two teams. Iowa State’s Caleb Fusley defeated Oklahoma State’s Zach Blankenship, 10-4. Zach Redding then lost to Oklahoma State’s No. 2 Dutton Fix by his 8-3 decision. The dual he was in a 3-3 draw.
The third game between the Cyclones and the Cowboys was a controversial one, as Cyclone freshman Casey Swiderski attempted multiple kick-outs for an escape point.
Swayderski’s foot hit Carter Young’s ribs three times, and Oklahoma State head coach John Smith didn’t like Swayderski’s kickout attempt. Swiderski lost the match by decision 3-0.
Iowa head coach Kevin Dresser took to the mat and both teams were deducted one team point each. I went to the match of
The fourth match of the afternoon was one of Dual’s good stories. The Cyclone needed a boost as he cut his team’s points by three early on. Freshman Panillo Johnson delivered it, recovering from a stunning upset Friday against the Sooners.
After losing to unranked wrestlers Friday night, No. 6 Johnson defeated Oklahoma State University’s No. 20 Victor Voinovich by 3-1 decision to tie 5-5. The match was a big moment not just for Dual, but for Johnson as well. Beating top 20 wrestlers is one of his ways to bounce back after losing to unranked opponents.
The dual kept coming and going. Oklahoma State’s No. 11 Kaden Gfeller defeated his No. 27 Jason Kraisser by 3-1 decision. No. 2 David Carr took the No. 26 Wyatt Sheets to a 5-3 decision victory for him, tying the dual at 8, following Kraisser’s loss.Kerr’s win was his 21st Straight win.
No. 6 Dustin Plott of Oklahoma State University defeated No. 23 Julien Broderson 13-7 to give the Cowboys an 11-8 lead. The Cyclones quickly returned to draw the pair after 4th place Marcus Coleman beat unranked Gavin Stika 7–2 for him. The competition was tied at 11:00 entering the final two games of the afternoon.
No. 5-ranked Younger Bastida gave the Cyclones a 14-11 lead after defeating No. 18-ranked Luke Thurber 7-2 in a highly anticipated Top 20 match. Then it was No. 10-ranked Sam Skyler to secure Iowa’s tournament victory over the Cowboys.
Skyler cheered the crowd at the Hilton Coliseum after defeating unranked Kyle Haas in the second period. Skyler scored in his final two minutes as he led 6–1.
The third period saw the Cyclones Sr. lead a 10-1 major decision, giving the Cyclones their fifth conference win of the season and moving the team 5-0 in the Big 12 and 12-2 on the season. . No. 10 Oklahoma State suffered its first conference loss of the season at the hands of the Cyclone.
After their top 10 victory, the Cyclones hit the road to face West Virginia at 6 p.m. Friday in Morgantown, WV.