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Cyclone wrestlers scrap their way to semis

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Second-ranked Iowa State advanced to seminfinal action in the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Saturday afternoon in the UNI Dome by beating Boise State 19-15 in a quarterfinal match.  The Cyclones, who shut out Indiana 35-0 in the first round, will face Cornell, the third-seeded team in a semifinal at 11 a.m. Sunday. Iowa takes on Nebraska in the other semifinal.

Iowa State and Boise State split the ten contested weights.  A pin by Iowa State's Jake Varner at 197 pounds and a major decision win by Cyclone Jon Reader at 165 pounds were the deciding factors.

"When I go out there it's like any other match," Varner said.  "It's nice to get a pin, but if it happens, it happens.  If it doesn't, it doesn't."

Varner, a two-time NCAA finalist for the Cyclones at 184 pounds, stuck Boise State's Brent Chriswell in 2:50 to give Iowa State a 16-15 lead.  The pin was the Cyclone's 10th this season as he improves to 15-1 overall. The junior has 29 career pins.

With a victory needed to seal the victory for Iowa State, No. 3-ranked  heavyweight Cyclone David Zabriskie took to the mat against Sam Zylstra of Boise State.  Zabriskie did not disappoint and decisioned Zylstra 6-2.

"We knew they were a good team, " ISU head coach Cael Sanderson said.  "In a couple of the matches, we needed a little better strategy, but I am happy with the way the team responded.  Bonus points win close duals and big tournaments."

Starting off the dual at 125 pounds, Cyclone Tyler Clark did not lose any momentum in the second match of the day after his upset of defending NCAA champion Angel Escobedo of Indiana.  Clark won by decision over Boise State's Brian Owen, 8-2.

Nick Gallick fought off a late flurry by BSU's Cory Fish in the 141-pound match.  Gallick limited Fish to an escape in the third period to edge the Bronco, 5-3.

Reader did his part at 165 pounds.  The sophomore tallied three takedowns and a three-point nearfall to pace himself to a major decision, 11-2 over Tyler Sherfey.  Reader amassed 5:15 in riding time.

Cyclones Nick Fanthorpe (133), Mitch Mueller (149, Cyler Sanderson (157) and Jerome Ward (184) dropped close decisions to the Broncos, losing by a total of seven points combined.  Mueller fell to Boise State's Jason Chamberlain in quadruple-overtime, 4-2 (TB2).

125 - Tyler Clark (ISU) dec. Brian Owen (BSU), 8-2
133 - Andrew Hochstrasser (BSU) dec. Nick Fanthorpe (ISU), 9-6
141 - Nick Gallick (ISU) dec. Cory Fish (BSU), 5-3
149 - Jason Chamberlain (BSU) dec. Mitch Mueller (ISU), 4-2 (TB2)
157 - Adam Hall (BSU) dec. Cyler Sanderson (ISU), 3-2
165 - Jon Reader (ISU) major dec. Tyler Sherfey (BSU), 11-2
174 - Nate Lee (BSU) dec. Andrew Sorenson (ISU), 6-2
184 - Kirk Smith (BSU) dec. Jerome Ward (ISU), 3-1
197 - Jake Varner (ISU) pinned Brent Chriswell (BSU), 2:50
HWT - David Zabriskie (ISU) dec. Sam Zylstra (BSU), 6-2

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