TULSA, Okla. – The No. 15 Iowa State wrestling team (10-4, 6-2 Big 12) advanced all 10 of its wrestlers to day two of the Big 12 Championships. After the first two sessions in Tulsa, the Cyclones are in second place as a team with 92.5 team points.
The only two teams to advance all 10 guys to day two were Iowa State and Oklahoma State.
ISU will have four individual Big 12 finalists tomorrow night after not having a single one since the 2016 championship. No. 3 Jarrett Degen and Chase Straw, No. 1 Sam Colbray and No. 2 Willie Miklus all rolled to the finals. In addition to making the finals, Degen, Colbray and Miklus punched their tickets to the NCAA Championships later this month in Pittsburgh.
Wrestling continues tomorrow at Noon with consolation matches and third and fifth-place matches. That will be streamed on FloWrestling. The Big 12 finals are set for 7 p.m. tomorrow evening and will be broadcast on Fox Sports affiliate stations.
With Miklus' victory in the semifinals, he also eclipsed the century mark in career victories.
Third-seeded Degen and Straw were the first two Cyclones to punch their tickets to the Big 12 finals. Degen dominated No. 7 Henry Pohlmeyer by 8-2 decision, riding the Jackrabbit for nearly three minutes in the match. Straw took out Fresno State's No. 2 Jacob Wright by 4-0 decision, controlling the whole match.
At 184 pounds, top-seeded Colbray reached the finals with a 5-2 over Wyoming's No. 4 Tate Samuelson. No. 2 Willie Miklus had no problem with Fresno State's No. 3 Josh Hokit, dispatching the Bulldog in a 6-0 victory.
At 133 and 141 pounds, No. 2 Austin Gomez and No. 2 Ian Parker both dropped decisions. Gomez was defeated by No. 3 Montorie Bridges of Wyoming, 6-2, and Parker was knocked off by No. 3 Dom Demas of Oklahoma, 8-4.
No. 3 Gannon Gremmel dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision to Fresno State's No. 2 AJ Nevills in the 285-pound semifinals.
After falling in the quarterfinals, No. 5 Alex Mackall, Logan Schumacher and No. 4 Marcus Coleman all went on to win their next two matches to advance to the second day of the championship.
The Cyclones got off to a hot start on Saturday morning, winning all four of their pigtail bouts and posting an 11-3 record for the session and sat in second place as a team.
One of the biggest highlights of the day came in the very first match of the tournament for the Cyclones. Pitted against OU's No. 8 Jeremy Thomas, Schumacher wrestled through a tough position and pinned Thomas from his back.
Degen and Gremmel were out for revenge in Tulsa. Degen suffered a 12-5 loss to Davion Jeffries earlier this season, but beat the Sooner by 11-10 decision on riding time on Saturday. Gremmel fell to UNI's Carter Isley in Cedar Falls, but it was Gremmel who came out on top at the BOK Center, 2-0.
In total, seven Cyclones advanced to the semifinals with wins in the quarterfinals from Gomez, Parker, Degen, Straw, Colbray, Miklus and Gremmel.
1. Oklahoma State – 129.5
2. Iowa State – 92.5
3. UNI – 62.5
4. Oklahoma – 56.5
5. Fresno State – 48
North Dakota State – 48
7. Wyoming – 45.5
8. Utah Valley – 43.5
9. West Virginia – 31
10. Northern Colorado – 15
11. South Dakota State – 11.5
12. Air Force – 11
165: Logan Schumacher pinned No. 8 Jeremy Thomas (OU), 4:21.
No. 1 Branson Ashworth (WYO) dec. Logan Schumacher, 7-2.
Logan Schumacher dec. MaCoy Flanagan (UNC), 7-2.
Logan Schumacher dec. Jacob Ward (AF), 10-4.