AMES – A pair of pins by Markus Simmons and Dane Pestano and a sudden-victory decision by Marcus Harrington in the final match paced Iowa State (8-8, 3-5 Big 12) to a 26-22 win over Fresno State (4-15, 1-4 Big 12) Friday night in Hilton Coliseum.
Harrington won the deciding match at 285 pounds, as the Cyclones were clinging to a 23-22 lead with one bout to go. Harrington was down 3-1 early to A.J. Nevills, who was 26-5 heading into the match. A second-period takedown by Harrington tied the match at 3-3 and Harrington was the aggressor in overtime, recording the winning takedown 24 seconds into the period.
How It Happened
Simmons (133) got the Cyclones their first points by pinning Trevor Williams. Simmons had three takedowns in the third period and led 17-4 before recording the fall at the 6:06 mark.
Jarrett Degen lost a close match at 149 pounds to Khristian Olivas, 14-13. Degan gave up back points and was down 6-1 in the first period, and trailed 12-5 after two periods. The freshman fought back with three takedowns in the third period, but it wasn’t enough to recover from the early deficit.
Chase Straw notched a technical fall at 157 pounds against Greg Gaxiola. Straw had a pair of four-point near falls in the opening period and ended the match on another four-pointer at 5:41.
Pestano electrified the Hilton Coliseum crowd at 184 pounds. Pestano had a commanding 11-4 lead over Angel Solis late in the third period. While riding Solis in the closing moments, he tilted the Bulldog and notched the fall with 0:01 left in the match.
125: Sean Williams (FS) maj. dec. Sinjin Briggs (ISU), 10-2 (1:07-RT)
133: Markus Simmons (ISU) pinned Trevor Williams (FS), 6:06
141: Chris DeLoza (FS) wins by forfeit
149: Khristian Olivas (FS) dec. Jarrett Degen (ISU), 14-13
157: Chase Straw (ISU) tech. fall Greg Gaxiola (FS), 19-3 (5:41)
165: Skyler St. John (ISU) wins by forfeit
174: Dominic Kincaid (FS) dec. Danny Bush (ISU), 7-4 (1:14)
184: Dane Pestano (ISU) pinned Angel Solis (FS), 6:59
197: Josh Hokit (FS) pinned Joe Teague (ISU), 1:43
285: Marcus Harrington (ISU) sudden victory A.J. Nevills, 6-4 (SV-1)