Iowa State Athletics
AMES, Iowa – No. 15 Iowa State ended its home dual season in emphatic fashion with a 33-14 victory against No. 13 Arizona State on Sunday in Hilton Coliseum. This was the final home dual for the Cyclones’ four seniors: Jon Reader, Chris Drouin, Nate Carr Jr. and Kyle Slifka. The Cyclones are now 9-8 in duals while the Sun Devils fall to 5-10.
Reader bumped up to the 184-pound weight class in order to get a match in his final dual appearance at Hilton Coliseum. The top-ranked senior racked up five takedowns and garnered five and a half minutes of riding time in a dominant 14-3 victory against Jake Meredith.
“I asked Jon to move up to help us today and to make sure he got to wrestle a match,” Iowa State head coach Kevin Jackson said. “I think it is great for him to be able to wrestle here again for the Big 12 Championships.”
Iowa State plays host to the Big 12 Championships March 5 in Hilton Coliseum.
“We have the greatest fans and I enjoyed the ceremony before the match,” Reader said. “By this time of the season, you are starting to focus on perfecting what you have learned all season. Moving up is not that big of a deal. The same technique applies.”
Jerome Ward used a late first period takedown in his match, and held off his opposition for a 3-1 victory against Luke Macchiaroli at 197 pounds.
“Our upperclassmen are wrestling well and I’m pleased with them,” Jackson said. “Ward is getting close to wrestling seven minutes and (ISU heavyweight) Kyle (Simonson) looks to be back on track.”
Simonson won his 23rd match of the season with a 9-3 victory against Levi Cooper at 285 pounds. An Algona, Iowa, native turned his opponent late in the second period to ensure a comfortable victory.
Max Mayfield earned his second dual victory of the weekend with a punishing 18-2 technical fall victory against Tai Fukumoto at 149 pounds. The redshirt sophomore tilted his opponent for three near-fall points twice during the match and secured a takedown with only one second left to earn five team points for the Cyclones.
In his first action since being injured in the semifinals of the Midlands Championships on Dec. 30, Chris Spangler threw in a half nelson late in the first period to pin Te Edwards in 2:41 at 165 pounds.
Trent Weatherman and Andrew Sorenson picked up forfeits for the Cyclones at 157 and 174 pounds respectively.