Iowa State wrestling went west this weekend for a pair of duals. Friday’s, against future conference foe Arizona State, was their biggest win over the Sun Devils since 2015. Sunday’s win over Cal Baptist moved the Cyclones to 1-0 in Big 12 duals this season. Iowa State won 17 of 20 matches on the trip. All three losses were backups moving up a weight to fill in. The Cyclones get back to Hilton next weekend, hosting Big 12 foe Utah Valley on Friday night and a rematch with Pitt on Sunday afternoon.
125 was the starting weight under the mat lamp on Friday night. Arizona State’s Richie Figueroa out with an injury, so it was Tristan Mascarenas taking the mat against Kysen Terukina. Mascarenas scored the first takedown, but Terukina picked him apart after that, earning a 12-6 win. At 133 it was Ethan Perryman bumping up to take on ranked Julian Chlebove. Chlebove won that won 13-3. No official word on why Evan Frost didn’t make the trip, but Kevin Dresser alluded to some guys coming back from break heavier than ideal. Whatever it is, let’s hope Frost is back in the lineup soon.
Per usual, Anthony Echemendia lit up the scoreboard at 141. He won by 19-4 tech fall over Cody Foote in his return to Arizona. With top ten guys Casey Swiderski and Kyle Parco recovering from injuries, it was Zach Redding against big time recruit Kaleb Larkin. Larkin spent the first semester qualifying for the Olympic Trials, so this was his first college match. He looked ready for the moment, pinning Redding with a far knee cradle just 48 seconds into the match.
Cody Chittum swung the momentum back Iowa State’s way in the 157 match. It was Arizona State’s 2x All-American Jacori Teemer who scored the first takedown. Chittum absolutely shut him down after that. Midway through the first period the Cyclone’s pace was already taking its toll. The outcome was clear when Chittum spun out of a single leg for a go behind, and picked up a 9-5 win. With the Cyclones up 11-10 in the dual, David Carr put together yet another routine tech fall. He got the 19-4 win over Nicco Ruiz early in the third period.
At 174 MJ Gaitan got an 8-4 victory over NCAA Qualifier Cael Valencia. The redshirt freshman continues to find a way to win. Will Feldkamp gave up the first takedown in his ranked matchup against Tony Negron, but came back to win the match 12-7. The PAC 12 stream (RIP Bozo) was down for Julien Broderson’s match against Jacob Meissner, but he sealed the dual with an 11-4 victory.
The featured matchup of the night was the grand finale heavyweight clash. Yonger Basitda took on 3x All-American Sun Devil Cohlton Schultz. Schultz spent the first semester winning the spot on the USA Greco team that will be sent to the Pan-Am Olympic qualifier, so this was his season debut. Bastida scored the match’s only takedown by bringing Schultz’s feet off the mat, nullifying his elite chest wrap. Bastida also chose down and earned an escape against a big, savvy mat wrestler — something that was unthinkable two years ago. By winning 4-3, Bastida became the first Cyclone to defeat Schultz. Previously Schultz had won matches by scores of 3-1 (sudden victory), 3-2 (tiebreakers) and 3-2. Cyclones 28, Sun Devils 10.
On Sunday it was Cody Chittum starting things off for the Cyclones at 157 against Chaz Hallmark. In a bit of a letdown spot coming off the big win over Teemer, Chittum found himself in a 6-6 tie late in the first period. Chittum then scored 13 straight points thanks to winning some fun scrambles. He picked up the tech with a front headlock cradle late in the match.
David Carr put on a show in his brief match against Timothy Cowan at 165. Carr picked up five takedowns. The last used a Winn-Dixie to put Cowan on his back and give Carr the pin in just over 2 minutes. Local kid MJ Gaitan took the mat at 174 just an hour from his hometown. He trailed Justin Phillips 7-5 at the end of the first after the Lancer scored a pair of takedowns. Gaitan got in on lots of shots, but Phillips was able to scramble for stalemates. With under ten seconds left Gaitan finally finished a shot and secured the 11-9 win.
At 184 Will Feldkamp took on Nathan Haas. Feldkamp blasted through him for a quick takedown and planted Haas to put six more on the board for the Cyclones. Julien Broderson bookended takedowns to win the 197 match 7-2 over Eli Sheeran. After 5 matches it was Cyclones 23, Lancers 0.
Yonger Bastida put on a clinic at heavyweight. The Cyclone earned a first period tech fall by taking down Max Acciardi seven times. In the dual’s featured matchup, Kysen Terukina took on Eli Griffin at 125. Terukina’s strong handfight had him in deep on a shot late in the first period. Griffin fought off and a go-behind takedown was called for him, but Iowa State successfully challenged. Terukina’s escape six seconds into the second period gave him a 1-0 lead. Griffin evened the match 13 seconds into the third with and escape of his own. After that Terukina used phenomenal motion to get a go-ahead takedown. Terukina then fended off Griffin’s attempts and held on for a 4-2 win, avenging a loss by the same score last season.
Cali Clone Ethan Perryman once again got the call at 133. He toed the line against Hunter Leake. Leake opened the scoring with a second period escape. Perryman attempted a few standing granbies, but couldn’t get his hips clear. Leake got the boots in and ran a half to add two backpoints. With riding time Leake took the match 4-0, winning in the CBU-ISU dual for the second straight year.
At 141 Anthony Echemendia did his thing and racked up points. After a period he had built a 16-3 lead on Emilio Trujillo-Deen. He finished with a 20-3 tech fall. Zach Redding — filling in for Casey Swiderski at 149 — finished off the dual against Nebraska transfer Dayne Morton. Morton scored first with a slide-by. Redding got out and scored a takedown, then rode out the rest of the period. He added an escape in the second and took the match 5-3. Cyclones 36, Lancers 3.