Men's Sports

WRESTLING: Cyclones dominant Utah Valley 53-0

The following is a press release and above photo are courtesy of Iowa State athletics communications. 

AMES, Iowa – No. 14 Iowa State (9-2, 6-1 Big 12) notched its second-consecutive shutout win with a dominant 53-0 victory over Utah Valley (9-11, 0-5 Big12) on Sunday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones notched bonus-point victories in all eight contested matches, and also won by forfeit at 133 pounds and 184 pounds.

In the eight matches that were wrestled, the Cyclones tallied eight bonus-point victories including four pins. ISU tallied 27 takedowns while not surrendering a single one.

It’s the first time Iowa State has shutout conference opponents in back-to-back duals since the 1972-73 season. Iowa State’s 53 points are tied for third-most in program history, and it was the largest margin of victory over a Division I team since 1998 (New Mexico, 57-0).

Chase Straw opened the afternoon with a dominant 13-4 major decision at 157 pounds over Spencer Haywood, courtesy of four takedowns, in a sign of things to come. Freshman Zane Mulder followed suit, using a third-period flurry to secure a 10-2 major decision of his own against UVU’s Koy Wilkinson. The native of Grimes, Iowa, notched a takedown and a four-point nearfall in the final minute to secure the bonus point victory.

Marcus Coleman ended his 174-pound match in dominant fashion with a 17-2 technical fall in 5:35. Coleman went to work in the second period, with three takedowns and a four-point nearfall. He and ended the match with an exclamation point and another four-point turn in the third. The Wolverines forfeited at 184 pounds, as Iowa State extended its lead to 19-0.

The Cyclones rode the momentum into intermission, as senior Willie Miklus notched seven takedowns, including four in the third period, en route to a 17-6 major decision over Utah Valley’s Ashton Seely.

Heavyweight Gannon Gremmel provided perhaps the highlight of the dual, taking down Utah Valley’s Tate Orndorff, ranked No. 9 nationally, by fall in 6:31. The redshirt sophomore notched a takedown midway through the first period and took Orndorff to his back for a four-point nearfall to go ahead 6-0 after three minutes of action. Gremmel got back to his offense late in the third period, pinning the nationally-ranked Wolverine with 29 seconds remaining in the match.

At 125 pounds, Alex Mackall followed suit, jumping out to a 13-0 lead before finishing off UVU’s Josh Jensen via fall in 4:03. The Wolverines forfeited to Austin Gomez to give Iowa State a 41-0 lead with two matches remaining.

At 141 and 149 pounds, Ian Parker and Jarrett Degen posted the third and fourth consecutive pins of the day. Parker led Dylan Gregerson 14-4 behind five takedowns before flattening the Wolverine in 6:29. Degen wasted little time in pinning Landon Knutzen, securing the first-period fall in 2:28.

Next Up

The Cyclones will travel west to Corvallis, Ore. to take on Oregon State on Monday at 9 p.m. CT. The match will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Network.

Match-By-Match Results

157: Chase Straw (ISU) maj. dec. Spencer Haywood (UV), 13-4
165: Zane Mulder (ISU) maj. dec. Koy Wilkinson (UV), 10-2
174: Marcus Coleman (ISU) tech. fall Kyle Snelling (UV), 17-2 (5:35)
184: Sam Colbray (ISU) won by forfeit
197: Willie Miklus (ISU) maj. dec. Ashton Seely (UV), 17-6
285: Gannon Gremmel (ISU) pinned Tate Orndorff (UV), 6:31
125: Alex Mackall (ISU) pinned Josh Jensen (UV), 4:03
133: Austin Gomez (ISU) won by forfeit
141: Ian Parker (ISU) pinned Dylan Gregerson (UV), 6:29
149: Jarrett Degen (ISU) pinned Knutzen (UV), 2:28

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.