STILLWATER, Okla. – Who is the nation’s best collegiate wrestler? Some say Iowa State’s defending NCAA 197-pound champion and U.S. Freestyle team member Jake Varner. Varner underscored his credentials Sunday, pinning sixth-rated Alan Gelogaev of Oklahoma State on the Cowboy’s mat at 197 pounds to lead No. 2 Iowa State to 20-18 victory over No. 3 OSU in Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Cyclones improve to 9-2 in duals and 2-0 in Big 12 Conference action. The Cowboys fall to 8-2-1. It is Iowa State’s fourth win in its last five matches against Oklahoma State.

Varner’s 10th fall of his senior season came at the 4:43 mark of the 197-pound bout. Varner is 20-0 this season while Gelogaev is 21-2. The first period’s score was 0-0 after several fruitless shot attempts by Varner. Gelogaev elected to take the bottom position to begin the second period and the Cyclones’ three-time NCAA finalist ended the top-10 individual matchup with a cradle.

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