SALEM, Va. - The Virginia Tech wrestling team jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but the 25th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones came roaring back to beat the Hokies 17-16 Saturday afternoon in an exciting match at the loud and raucous Salem Civic Center. Both team won five matches, but Iowa State picked up one more bonus win to pull the upset over the 13th-ranked Hokies.
Tech jumped out to a 10-0 lead by winning the first three matches, but the Cyclones won the next two matches to make it 10-6 heading into the intermission. The match started at heavyweight with Tech’s David Marone picking up a 7-4 win over Matt Gibson. Marone, ranked 12th in the country after redshirting last year, gave up an early takedown, but reversed Gibson and got two more takedowns later to pick up the win. At 125 pounds, 10th-ranked Jarrod Garnett fell behind early to ISU’s Patrick Hunter, but battled back to take a 3-2 lead after the first period. He got an escape and a takedown in the third period and eventually got riding time to win 7-2. At 133 pounds, true freshman Devin Carter lived up to the hype with a dominating 23-8 technical fall over Ben Cash. Cash didn’t record an offensive point as Carter picked up eight takedowns and a reversal to highlight an impressive debut. However, he couldn’t get back points for the five team points, which would loom large at the end.
At 141 pounds, Iowa State’s Chris Drouin - ranked 14th - used a reversal in the fourth period to upset eighth-ranked Chris Diaz, 2-1. The Cyclones pulled another upset at 149 pounds as unranked Nate Carr, Jr., picked up a takedown late in the sudden victory off a counter to Stephens’ near takedown to stun 16th-ranked Brian Stephens with a 6-4 win.
After the break, 15th-ranked Pete Yates controlled the action at 157 pounds, but couldn’t get bonus points as he beat Trent Weatherman 8-1. At 165 pounds, 20th-ranked Andrew Sorenson of ISU dominated Tech’s Matt Epperly, who was ranked 15th. He used five takedowns and rode him for over two minutes as he picked up a 13-3 major decision. Fifth-ranked John Reader used six takedowns to control the match at 174 pounds as he picked up a 14-6 major decision over Tech’s Nick Vetterlein to give the Cyclones a 14-13 lead with two matches left. Tommy Spellman, ranked 11th in the country pulled out a 1-0 win over Matt Riley courtesy a third period escape at 184 pounds to give the Hokies a 16-14 lead with one match left.
Tech sophomore Chris Penny gave it all he had against No. 10 Jerome Ward, wearing him down throughout the match. After a scoreless first period, Ward took a 3-0 lead before Penny reversed him. Penny cut it to 4-3, but Ward got a takedown and then held on with Penny having ahold of one leg on the edge of the mat as time ran out to pick up the 6-4 win and secure a 17-16 team win for Iowa State.
While the Hokies wrestled well, they fell behind most of the time as Iowa State recorded the first offensive points in seven of the nine matches that featured an offensive point.
Kent State defeated Chattanooga 24-12 and then Iowa State downed Kent State, 23-19.
Tech (0-1) will host the Hokie Open Sunday at the Civic Center, welcoming a dozen teams and over 300 wrestlers to the arena.
#25 Iowa State (1-0) 17; #13 Virginia Tech (0-1) 16
285: #12 David Marone (VT) dec. Matt Gibson, 7-4
125: #10 Jarrod Garnett (VT) dec. Patrick Hunter, 7-2
133: Devin Carter (VT) tech fall (4) Ben Cash, 23-8 (7:00)
141: #14 Chris Drouin (ISU) dec. #8 Chris Diaz, 2-1
149: Nate Carr, Jr. (ISU) dec. #16 Brian Stephens, 6-4 (SV)
157: #15 Pete Yates (VT) dec. Trent Weatherman, 8-1
165: #20 Andrew Sorenson (ISU) maj. dec. #15 Matt Epperly, 13-3
174: #5 John Reader (ISU) maj. dec. Nick Vetterlein, 14-6
184: #11 Tommy Spellman (VT) dec. Matt Riley, 1-0
197: #10 Jerome Ward dec. Chris Penny, 6-4
Kent State (1-0) 24; Chattanooga (0-1) 12
285: #14 Brendan Barlow (KSU) dec. Matt Lettner, 5-2
125: #6 Nic Bedelyon (KSU) maj. dec. Prescott Garner, 15-5
133: Sean Collins (KSU) dec. Cody Hood, 12-9
141: #7 Cody Cleveland (C) fall Chase Skonieczny, 5:22
149: Marcel Clopton (KSU) dec. Dean Pavlou, 5-4
157: Josh Condon (C) dec. Mallie Shuster, 3-1 (SV)
165: Ross Tice (KSU) dec. Brandon Wright, 5-2
174: Brandonn Johnson (KSU) maj. dec. Levi Clemons, 21-10
184: #19 Jason McCroskey (C) dec. Casey Newburg, 4-3 (TB1)
197: #3 Dustin Kilgore (KSU) maj. dec. Niko Brown, 14-4
#25 Iowa State (2-0) 23; Kent State (1-1) 19
285: Kyle Simonson (ISU) fall #14 Brendan Barlow, 6:16
125: #6 Nic Bedelyon (KSU) fall Patrick Hunter, :47
133: Brandon Jones (ISU) dec. Sean Collins, 9-3
141: #14 Chris Drouin (ISU) dec. Chase Skonieczny, 11-4
149: Nate Carr, Jr. (ISU) dec. Marcel Clopton, 2-1
157: Matt Cathell (KSU) fall Trent Weatherman, 6:38
165: Chris Spangler (ISU) dec. Ross Tice, 7-5 (SV)
174: #5 Jon Reader (ISU) tech fall Chris Estep, 24-9 (7:00)
184: Casey Newburg (KSU) dec. Tyler Christensen, 8-2
197: #3 Dustin Kilgore (KSU) maj. dec. Phillip Hawes, 13-2
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