Men's Sports

Julien Broderson stands out in dual against No. 5 Oklahoma State

Photo Courtesy of Iowa State Athletic Communications

No. 13 Iowa State put up an admirable fight against No. 5 Oklahoma State but in the end, the always formidable Cowboys came out on top via a 16-15 win inside of Hilton Coliseum.

There is one wrestler who stood out the most for Iowa State on Saturday: At 174-pounds, redshirt freshman Julien Broderson.

Oklahoma State’s Anthony Montalvo finished third at the Big 12 Championship last season and was the No. 9 seed at the 2020 NCAA Championships.

Broderson and Montalvo first matched up at the 2019 Southern Scuffle, where Montalvo won 8-4.

Broderson made sure this time was different.

The match was tied 1-1 heading into overtime, where Broderson was able to be the main aggressor. Broderson rode Montalvo out before surprising himself with a hip toss that resulted in securing a last-second takedown to secure a 4-1 victory.

“I wasn’t even looking for it. It just kind of fell into my hands,” Broderson said. “My hands got locked and I felt that we were hip to hip and I felt like I was in a stronger position, that I could step in front and throw him to his back. You’re always trying to look for bonus points so that’s really what was going through my head when I hit that.”

Head coach Kevin Dresser has continued to be impressed with the redshirt freshman’s ability to continue to progress from a tough start to the season.

“I saw a guy that competed really hard and didn’t give up,” Dresser said. “He was in good shape and I think he wore him out. I’m just really proud of how far Julien has come. He obviously started out a little bumpy this year but he continues to make strides. He’s a dangerous dude. People have to respect him when they get in a certain position with him because he can throw you on your head. We have to keep progressing but man, it was a good day for him”

When reflecting back on his matchup, Broderson attributed his growth to staying consistent with his plan.

“Just sticking to the plan has helped me a lot,” Broderson said. “Last year around this time I don’t think I would’ve won that match. I don’t think my conditioning was there. I don’t think the technique was there. I don’t think I would’ve been able to be in that position to go into overtime. I think I learned about myself that I can go into deep waters and do alright with myself.”

Jacqueline Cordova


Jacqueline graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. She has been fortunate enough to have interned for Cyclone Fanatic for 2 and a half years before being promoted to stay on. She currently wears a lot of hats at Cyclone Fanatic: Social Media Director, Iowa State Wrestling beat reporter, and staff photographer. Jacqueline loves reading and watching trash reality TV shows when she's not watching sports. One of her favorite accomplishments is having interned for the Minnesota Vikings and during Super Bowl LII.