AMES, Iowa – Iowa State wrestlers took seven individual crowns and put on a stellar performance at the Harold Nichols/Cyclone Open Saturday at the Lied Recreation Center on ISU’s campus. ISU wrestlers went a combined 78-27 over the entire tournament.

The Harold Nichols/Cyclone Open featured 270 total wrestlers spanning NCAA Division I to NAIA schools. Fourteen Iowa Staters advanced to the semifinals of the event.

Head coach Kevin Jackson saw the successful action as being part of his plan early this season.

“I want to congratulate our champions and placewinners,” Jackson said. “Those guys were doing the things we’ve been asking them to do. Our errors in concentration remain the same. We still need to work on those certain areas and improve. We are going to get better and will continue getting better.”

Jackson is confident in the Cyclone squad’s ability to progress as the season continues.

“We’re happy with where we are at,” Jackson said. “Come Monday, it is back to work though and we’ll be hitting it hard.”

Two Cyclones took Harold Nichols/Cyclone Open titles to finish with a clean sweep of the event during their Cyclone careers. ISU three-time NCAA finalist Jake Varner took his fourth Harold Nichols/Cyclone Open title with a finals pin in a rematch with his opponent from Thursday’s dual with SDSU. Varner stuck the Jacks’ Tyler Sorenson in the first period in 2:27.