AMES – Yonger Bastida has been named the Big 12 Co-Wrestler of the Week, along with Oklahoma State’s Izzak Olejnik, the league office announced Tuesday. It is the second Big 12 Weekly honor of Bastida’s career and the third consecutive week a Cyclone has been recognized by the conference.
Bastida was dominant en route to winning Iowa State’s first individual Cliff Keen Invitational title since 2014. In his first real test since moving to heavyweight, Bastida went 5-0 with three bonus-point wins and defeated three top-20 opponents.
The Cuba native outscored his opponents 68-21 and did not surrender a takedown or offensive point against him the entire tournament.
Bastida earned a tech fall against Navy’s No. 10 Grady Griess in 4:25 in the semifinals. In the finals against Michigan’s No. 3 Lucas Davison, Bastida secured a reversal and takedown in the third period, the later coming with nine seconds remaining in the match, to get the win and secure the CKLV title.
Iowa State is off this weekend. The Cyclones return to action Dec. 18 at the Collegiate Duals in Nashville, Tenn. against Pittsburgh, Little Rock and Cornell.