Another historic night for UNC Bears Wrestling as they top Iowa State 22-2009 Jan 2018
MES, Iowa- It was another historic night for Northern Colorado wrestling as they defeated Big 12 foe Iowa State 22-20 at Hilton Coliseum. The win was UNC's first against ISU in program history.
The difference in the dual where falls from Keilan Torres that turned the dual around and Dylan Gabel that secured the victory for UNC.
The dual started at the heavyweight class with Robert Winters Jr. vs. Marcus Harrington. After the first period, Harrington had a 4-1 lead over Winters Jr. and extended the lead in the second with an escape. Harrington added another takedown in the third period to win a 9-4 decision over Winters Jr. and give ISU a 3-0 lead.
Sean Cannon wrestled for UNC at the 125 lb weight class against Jakob Allison. Cannon started out fast in the first period, scoring a takedown on Allison and adding another one to hold a 4-1 advantage. In the second period, Cannon separated further from Allison with another takedown. Cannon went on to defeat Allison with a 6-2 decision and tied the dual up at three.
Rico Montoya continued the momentum for UNC in the 133 lb weight class against Markus Simmons. After a scoreless first period, Montoya scored a takedown on Simmons to hold a 2-1 advantage in the second. Now in the third period, Montoya delivered for the Bears with a reversal and a four-point near fall to earn a major decision victory over Simmons. UNC jumped ahead of ISU 7-3 in the dual.
In the 141 lb weight class, Benjamin Polkowske faced off against No. 11 Kanen Storr. Polkowske was down 2-1 after Storr got a takedown on him. Storr added two takedowns in the second period and another two in the third. Polkowske managed to score five escapes, but could not get anything more and dropped the match to Storr in a 11-5 decision. The Cyclones cut UNC's lead to 7-6.
Jimmy Fate went against Jarrett Degen in the 149 lb weight class. The match was tough for Fate right away, as Degan tallied three takedowns and a four-point near fall in the first period. Degan picked up four more takedowns on Fate to win 21-6 by technical fall and give ISU an 11-7 lead going into the break.
The 157 lb weight class matched up Tyler Kinn against Chase Straw and the two wrestled to a scoreless tie after the first period. In the second period, Straw earned a takedown, but Kinn responded with an escape to limit the deficit at 2-1. The third started with an escape from Straw and he later recorded another takedown on Kinn to pick up the 6-2 decision. They Cyclones extended their lead to 14-7.
The 165 lb weight class was the turning point of the dual for UNC as Torres showed his skill early with a takedown of Logan Breitenbach. Torres almost pinned Breitenbach after a take down and a four-point near fall, but Breitenbach responded with a reversal and a four-point near fall that almost resulted in a pin on Torres. After missing out on the pin in the first period, Torres earned it in the second at the 4:00 mark and UNC pulled within one of ISU, 13-14.
Sethan Bogulski looked to give UNC the lead as he faced off against Daniel Bush in the 174 lb weight class. Neither wrestler were able to score in the first period, but the tie was broken in the second when Bogulski was awarded one point for a stalling penalty on Bush. Bogulski added an escape in the third period to win a 2-0 decision over Bush and gave UNC the lead 16-14 over the Cyclones.
Gabel had the opportunity to give UNC some separation from ISU in the 184 lb weight class against Dane Pestano. He held the 2-1 lead after the first period and added an escape in the second to go up 3-1. In the third period, Gabel managed to pin Pestano at 6:23 and clinch the dual for UNC with a 22-14 advantage.
With the match secure, Jacob Seely wrestled against Sam Colbray in the 197 lb weight class to add to the victory. Seely was in control of the match after the first period with two takedowns and he added to his lead in the second with a reversal. Unfortunately in the third period, Seely suffered an injury and conceded the match to Colbray.
Northern Colorado won the dual 22-20, marking its first ever victory over Iowa State. Prior to the win, UNC had been 0-6 against the Cyclones. The bonus points that Torres and Gabel were able to score with the two falls provided UNC with key advantage over ISU.
In Their Words
"Tonight was huge night for our program. Our guys competed with a ton of fight and heart. I couldn't be more proud of them. Sean Cannon was able to get his first dual meet win. Bonus points were huge tonight. Keilan Torres and Dylan Gabel made the difference. We are saddened by the ending and Jacob Seely's injury. We hope that he can heal quickly and come back strong." -Troy Nickerson, Head Coach
Northern Colorado will host Duke and CSU-Baskersfield in a tri-meet on Sunday, January 14th. UNC will face Duke at 1 P.M. (MT) and CSU-Bakersfield at 3 P.M., while Duke and CSU-Bakersfield will wrestle at 11 A.M.