Dec. 7, 2003
AMES, IA – The University of Iowa wrestling team lost its first dual of the season, 21-13, to Iowa State Sunday in Ames. A crowd of 5,149 saw the loss that snapped Iowa’s 30-match winning streak against the Cyclones.
Iowa senior Tyler Nixt started things off with a 19-8 major decision over Nels Matson at 174. The win was the 95th of his career, and he improves to 15-0 on the season. Iowa State’s Kurt Backes put the Cyclones on the board with a late takedown to defeat Hawkeye sophomore Paul Bradley, 4-3, at 184.
The Hawkeyes won the next three matches, starting with Hawkeye senior Ryan Fulsaas’ 3-2 win over Cyclone Trevor Smith at 197, making the team score 7-3. At heavyweight, Hawkeye redshirt freshman Ryan Fuller added three more team points with his 10-5 decision over Iowa State’s Richard Schopf. Hawkeye senior Luke Eustice improved to 7-0 on the season with a 7-5 win over Cyclone Grant Nakamura at 125 to make the team score 13-3.
The Cyclones started a roll of their own at 133, when senior Zach Roberson scored a 10-5 decision over Iowa redshirt freshman Todd Meneely. At 141, Iowa State sophomore Nate Gallick defeated Hawkeye senior Cliff Moore, 6-3. Hawkeye sophomore Ty Eustice scored a late escape in regulation at 149 to take Cyclone redshirt freshman Trent Paulson to sudden victory, but Paulson scored a takedown and backpoints in the overtime to win the match 5-1. Iowa State took a two-point team lead at 157 when Cyclone redshirt freshman Travis Paulson held off a late comeback from Iowa sophomore Joe Johnston to win, 7-4. Cyclone senior Nick Passolano sealed the streak-snapping win with his 36-second pin of Hawkeye redshirt freshman Cole Pape at 165.
In other competition, Hawkeye freshman Mark Perry won the 165-pound title and sophomore Lucas Magnani placed third at 125 at the Northern Iowa Open Saturday in Cedar Falls.
Iowa (4-1) will host Northern Iowa (1-1) in its home opener Thursday at 7 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.
INDIVIDUAL MATCH RESULTS
Iowa State 21, Iowa 13
174 Tyler Nixt (I) maj. dec. Nels Matson (ISU), 19-8
184 Kurt Backes (ISU) dec. Paul Bradley (I), 4-3
197 Ryan Fulsaas (I) dec. Trevor Smith (ISU), 3-2
Hwt Ryan Fuller (I) dec. Richard Schopf (ISU), 10-5
125 Luke Eustice (I) dec. Grant Nakamura (ISU), 7-5
133 Zach Roberson (ISU) dec. Todd Meneely (I), 10-5
141 Nate Gallick (ISU) dec. Cliff Moore (I), 6-3
149 Trent Paulson (ISU) dec. Ty Eustice (I), 5-1 sv
157 Travis Paulson (ISU) dec. Joe Johnston (I), 7-4
165 Nick Passolano (ISU) pinned Cole Pape (I), 0:36