Iowa State traveled to Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Sunday with the momentum of six dual wins in a row, but ultimately fell to 7-2 (4-1 Big 12) after a 22-15 win by Oklahoma State.
Redshirt sophomore Ian Parker ended his challenging weekend with a gritty 6-3 win over No. 13 Kaid Brock of Oklahoma State.
Brock became the second top 15 opponent that Parker faced and defeated during this weekend alone, and Parker will have to continue that trend over the next few duals.
Parker came into the weekend at ranked No. 14 according to InterMat, but he’ll likely be bumped up from that after two tough bouts.
With the resurgence of Iowa State as a top 25 team in the country, Parker has become instrumental in helping it maintain that status.
Colbray and Coleman are struck down
Redshirt sophomore Samuel Colbray and redshirt freshman Marcus Coleman came into Sunday with undefeated dual records.
Coleman was coming off of a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Anthony Mantanona of Oklahoma, but on the road, Coleman couldn't keep his undefeated streak alive. He was pinned by No. 4 Joseph Smith in 2:42.
Colbray had been dominating his opponents up to this point, and his match came against No. 11 Jacobe Smith. Colbray and Smith had a nice battle going, but Smith turned on the jets in the third period and pulled away from Colbray for a 9-3 win by decision.
Colbray and Coleman were two of three Iowa State wrestlers remaining with undefeated dual records, and now only Parker remains.
Iowa State overpowered
The Cyclones were able to put up some team points on the No. 3 team in the country, but Oklahoma State was too strong for coach Kevin Dresser’s team.
Aside from the Parker win, Redshirt senior Willie Miklus defeated No. 10 Dakota Greer to capture his career dual win No. 50, and redshirt junior Chase Straw was able to hang on for a 3-2 win at 157-pounds, but the Cyclones couldn’t seem to get anything going elsewhere.
Redshirt sophomore Jarrett Degen was on the ropes against Boo Lewallen, but Lewallen had to forfeit due to injury after aggravating his shoulder.
Had it not been for that forfeit, the Cyclones were likely headed for a more lopsided result but as it stands, it ended up being a 7-point defeat.