The following is a press release courtesy of Iowa State athletic communications.
OSKALOOSA, Iowa – Redshirt sophomore Ben Cash dominated the competition at the William Penn Open on Saturday. Cash won by major decision in all four matches of the tournament en route to a first-place finish.
In the 133-pound bracket, Cash started off with a 12-2 major decision over Javier Carbajal of Waubonsee CC. Cash then went on to post a 12-4 major decision over Logan Welch of Missouri Valley. In the semis, Cash defeated Ellsworth CC’s James Kent by 15-5. Even in the finals Cash continued his commanding run with a 13-5 win over Maryville’s Brandon Oshiro for the crown.
Cash’s performance at William Penn secured him a spot in the Friday’s lineup when the Cyclones play host to Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. (CST) in Hilton Coliseum.
Four other Cyclones also placed in Oskaloosa, including two runner-up titles by Brandon Jones at 141 pounds Trevor Voelker at 197 pounds. Both Jones and Matt White competed unattached in the 141-pound bracket. Jones earned three victories in the tournament which began with a 6-5 decision over Jake Thornton of Missouri Baptist. In the semis, Jones topped NIACC’s Wismit Moiniu by 3-1 decision before Seth Noble of Northern Iowa edged past Jones in the finals.
White finished 2-2 in the tournament, scoring bonus points in both of his victories. White majored Robby Sherwood of Ellsworth CC and pinned Javon Jackson of NIACC in four minutes.
After a first round bye, Voelker pinned Josh Lambrecht of Ellsworth CC at 6:23 in the quarterfinals. The sophomore went on to top Lucas Keene of Missouri Baptist in the semis by a 10-4 decision before falling to Maryville’s Matthew Baker in the championship round.
The second Cyclone competing at 133 pounds was freshman Connor Clarke, who competed unattached for Iowa State. Clarke posted two pins in the tournament enroute to a fifth place finish.
Cyclone 184-pounder Tyler Christensen earned a fourth place finish and three pins at the William Penn Open. The redshirt sophomore’s quickest pin came at 3:52 against Ryan Nelson of Ellsworth CC and the other two falls were each posted in under five-and-a-half minutes.