Dec. 2, 2005
AMES, IA – The University of Iowa wrestling team improved to 2-0 on the season with its 20-15 win over Iowa State in Ames Friday night. A crowd of 6,682 saw the Hawkeyes record wins in six matches, including two by major decision, to hand Iowa State its first dual loss of the season. The Cyclones are now 3-1.
The Hawkeyes jumped out to 10-0 lead on wins by juniors Ryan Fuller (Hwt.) and Lucas Magnani (125) and true freshman Daniel Dennis (133). Fuller scored a 4-2 win over junior Richard Schopf at heavyweight to open the dual. Magnani followed with an 11-3 major decision over Ben Hanisch at 125. Dennis improved to 6-2 on the season and 2-0 in dual competition with a 10-7 win over fifth-year senior Jesse Sundell at 133.
Iowa State got on the board with Nate Gallick’s 4-1 win over sophomore Alex Tsirtsis at 141. Iowa senior Ty Eustice took Iowa into the intermission with a 6-3 win over Jason Knipp at 149. Eustice picked up his 90th career victory with the win, and improved to 7-0 on the season.
The Cyclones picked up two wins after the intermission, with Trent Paulson’s 8-3 decision over senior Joe Johnston at 157 and Travis Paulson’s 8-4 win over senior Cole Pape at 165. Hawkeye sophomore Mark Perry gave Iowa boost with a 13-3 major decision at 174, and senior Paul Bradley sealed the Iowa win with an 8-5 victory over Kurt Backes at 184. Both wrestlers improve to 2-0 on the season, and Bradley is now 5-1 in his career against Backes. Cyclone true freshman Joe Curran won the last match of the night, pinning Iowa senior Adam Fellers in 6:14 at 197.
Iowa’s win also gave the Hawkeyes two points in the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. Iowa State currently leads the series, 5-2, with wins in women’s soccer and football.
Iowa (2-0) will host Northern Iowa (0-1) Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.
Iowa 20, Iowa State 15
Hwt. – Ryan Fuller (I) dec. Richard Schopf (ISU), 4-2
125 – Lucas Magnani (I) maj. dec. Ben Hanisch (ISU), 11-3
133 – Daniel Dennis (I) dec. Jesse Sundell (ISU), 10-7
141 – Nate Gallick (ISU) dec. Alex Tsirtsis (I), 4-1
149 – Ty Eustice (I) dec. Jason Knipp (ISU), 6-3
157 – Trent Paulson (ISU) dec. Joe Johnston (I), 8-3
165 – Travis Paulson (ISU) dec. Cole Pape (I), 8-4
174 – Mark Perry (I) maj. dec. David Bertolino (ISU), 13-3
184 – Paul Bradley (I) dec. Kurt Backes (ISU), 8-5
197 – Joe Curran (ISU) pinned Adam Fellers (I), 6:14