Iowa State Sweeps Five Straight Matches To Secure The Victory
PHILADELPHIA, PA. 1/13/2013 – Nationally ranked teams of prominence really want to prove themselves against other teams of prominence. That was on display at the Palestra when the 20th ranked University of Pennsylvania Quakers met the Cyclones of Iowa State in a dual meet. With the match tied at 6 after the 149 Pound match, Iowa State won the next five matches including a major decision and a fall to defeat the Red and Blue 25 – 9. There were bright spots in the loss, but also pointed out that Penn needs more effort.
“They (Iowa State) came out ready to as they are a much better team than their record shows,” said Penn Coach Rob Eiter. “I am a little disappointed in our effort in some ways, but I am impressed in other ways. We have to be consistent with everybody on the same page the same day.”
Penn got wins from 125 pounder Mark Rappo who defeated Ryak Finch 8 – 1 and at 141 Pounds when C.J. Cobb took an 8 – 2 decision over Luke Goettl. Iowa State got wins from John Meeks over Geoffrey Bostany 8 – 5 at 133 Pounds. Max Mayfield won 6 – 1 at 149 Pounds over Andrew Lenzi of Penn. Going into the 157 Pound match the meet was tied at 6.
Iowa State won the next five matches to take control of the meet. Logan Molina of Iowa State earned a 6 – 2 decision over Troy Hernandez to give the Cyclones a 9 – 6 team lead. The visitors followed that with a major decision when Michael Moreno beat Penn 165 pounder Casey Kent 11 – 3. Moreno got a late 2 points on a takedown to get the extra team point for the Cyclones. At 174 Pounds it took 2:32 for Tanner Weatherman to Pin Harrison Cook of Penn to give the Iowa State a commanding 19 – 6 lead. The Cyclones clinched the meet when their 184 Pound wrestler Boaz Beard recorded a late takedown to beat Canaan Bethea of Penn 4 – 3.
The 197 Pound match appeared it would be the match of the day as #7 Micah Burak matched up against #11 Kyven Gadson. The match did not disappoint. In an overtime period Gadson got a takedown to defeat Burak 3 – 1, and clinch the meet 25 – 6.
“When you go through the lineup there were seven or eight toss-up matches,” Eiter said. “Emotion plays into it. You saw their bench when they won the first toss-up match, then the second, then the third. It snowballs and takes the wind out of your sails.”
In the 285 Pound bout Kyle Cowan of Penn fell behind early on 2 penalty points, locked hands and unsportsmanlike conduct, against Matt Gibson. Cowan did not let the unfortunate turn of events bother him. The perseverance paid off with a 7 – 3 win for the Penn wrestler.
“”He is an emotional kid,” Eiter said about Cowan. “He was able to maintain his composure, and work his way back. He chose top in the third period and that shows a lot of confidence. He stayed focused, and didn’t get flustered.”
Earlier in the day Iowa State had a dual meet against Drexel winning that meet 31 – 12 before travelling down 33rd Street to meet the Red and Blue. The Cyclones improve to 4 – 3 on the season. Penn drops to 4 – 2. The Quakers have thirteen days off before meeting Ivy League foe Cornell.
Written By: Glenn Papazian
Iowa State def. #20 Penn, 25-9
125: Mark Rappo (Penn) def. #20 Ryak Finch (ISU), 8-1
Penn leads, 3-0
133: John Meeks (ISU) def. Geoffrey Bostany (Penn), 8-5 Match tied,
141: #12 C.J. Cobb (Penn) def. #20 Luke Goettl (ISU), 8-2 Penn leads, 6-3
149: Max Mayfield (ISU) def. Andrew Lenzi (Penn), 6-1 Match tied, 6-6
Logan Molina (ISU) def. Troy Hernandez (Penn), 6-2 Iowa State leads,
165: #20 Michael Moreno (ISU) def. Casey Kent (Penn). 11-3 Iowa State leads,
174: Tanner Weatherman (ISU) def. Harrison Cook (Penn), FALL 2:32 Iowa State leads,
184: Boaz Beard (Penn) def.Canaan Bethea (ISU), 4-3 Iowa State leads,
197: #11 Kyven Gadson (ISU) def. #7 Micah Burak (Penn), 3-1 (SV) Iowa State leads,
285: Kyle Cowan (Penn) def. #20 Matt Gibson (ISU), 7-3
Iowa State leads, 25-9