Iowa State Knocks off No. 20 Wrestling, 25-9

PHILADELPHIA - No. 20 Penn picked up three crucial wins on the individual side, but a six-bout win streak for Iowa State in the middle of the dual was enough to deal #20 Penn its first loss at home, 25-9.

Mark Rappo, #12 C.J. Cobb and Kyle Cowan each won decision over their 20th-ranked opponents for the three Quaker wins on the afternoon, but it was not enough to overcome a 22-point run for the Cyclones.

Mark Rappo knocked off No. 20 Ryak Finch, 8-2, to start the dual. Rappo notched the only takedown of the first period and added two backpoints to lead, 4-0, after one with 2:34 of riding time. In the second, Rappo tacked on a reversal, before adding an escape and riding time in the third for his second win over a Top-20 wrestler this season.

After an 8-5 loss by Geoffrey Bostany at 133 to John Meeks, Penn retook the lead via an 8-2 decision from No. 12 C.J. Cobb over No. 20 Luke Goettl. Cobb connected on a takedown midway through the first period, and added a second takedown in the middle period to lead, 5-0, after two frames. In the third, Cobb found a third takedown, but could not score one more for the bonus points.

It was all Iowa State after Cobb's win as the Cyclones won the next six matches to take command of the dual. Andrew Lenzi was knocked off by Max Mayfield, 6-1, at 149 pounds, the key swing a takedown by Mayfield with four seconds left in the first period which negated a 0-0 tie. At 157, Troy Hernandez was defeated by Logan Molina, 6-1, after he was unable to earn an escape in the second period and was taken down twice in the third.

Leading, 9-6, midway through the dual, the Cyclones widened their lead with bonus points at 165 and 174. No. 20 Michael Moreno downed Casey Kent, 11-3, at 165 before Tanner Weatherman defeated Harrison Cook by fall at 2:32 to give ISU a 19-6 lead.

Canaan Bethea needed a win to keep his team within striking distance in the team score, but just missed out via a 4-3 loss by decision to Boaz Beard. Bethea put together a full ride in the second period and would have broken a 2-2 tie with that advantage time point, but Beard scored a takedown in the final seconds for the win.

At 197, No. 7 Micah Burak and No. 11 Kyven Gadson were tied, 1-1, after regulation after early escapes for each in the second and third. Gadson broke the tie with a takedown on the edge of the mat with 13 seconds left in sudden victory.

Kyle Cowan picked up his second career win over a ranked wrestler - and first in four tries this season via a 7-3 decision over No. 10 Matt Gibson. Cowan was tough on top against the defending Big 12 champion, scoring all his offensive points via nearfall and adding 3:51 of riding time. The only points Cowan conceded were via penalty - one for locked hands, one for unsportsmanlike conduct after wrestling through the whistle and one for stalling.

The Quakers drop to 4-2 in dual meets and are 1-1 at home. Penn is off next weekend, before heading to Ithaca and a date with defending Ivy champion Cornell on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.

Iowa State def. #20 Penn, 25-9
125: Mark Rappo (Penn) def. #20 Ryak Finch (ISU), 8-1 Penn leads, 3-0
133: John Meeks (ISU) def. Geoffrey Bostany (Penn), 8-5 Match tied, 3-3
141: #12 C.J. Cobb (Penn) def. #20 Luke Goettl (ISU), 8-2 Penn leads, 6-3
149: Max Mayfield (ISU) def. Andrew Lenzi (Penn), 6-1 Match tied, 6-6
157: Logan Molina (ISU) def. Troy Hernandez (Penn), 6-2 Iowa State leads, 9-6
165: #20 Michael Moreno (ISU) def. Casey Kent (Penn). 11-3 Iowa State leads, 13-6
174: Tanner Weatherman (ISU) def. Harrison Cook (Penn), FALL 2:32 Iowa State leads, 19-6
184: Boaz Beard (Penn) def. Canaan Bethea (ISU), 4-3 Iowa State leads, 22-6
197: #11 Kyven Gadson (ISU) def. #7 Micah Burak (Penn), 3-1 (SV) Iowa State leads, 25-6
285: Kyle Cowan (Penn) def. #20 Matt Gibson (ISU), 7-3 Iowa State leads, 25-9