Flashes Split Opening Day Duals
SALEM, Va. - Kent State opened its 2010-11 season with a 24-12 victory over Chattanooga Saturday at the Salem Civic Center, before falling to Iowa State 23-19. Both duals began at heavyweight and a surprise third period pin by Kyle Simonson against junior Brendan Barlow gave the Cyclones the quick break they were looking for.
"Brendan just didn't attack and kept his guy in the match," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said. "It was 1-1 late in the match, their guy got in on a shot and instead of giving up the two, he tried to scramble and got put on his back."
Junior Nic Bedelyon (125) put the Golden Flashes right back in it with a pin of Patrick Hunter in just 47 seconds.
"I told him we needed a pin from him and Nic did a great job of taking his guy down and putting him in a cradle," Andrassy said.
The Cyclones grabbed back-to-back wins at 133 and 141 to take a 12-6 lead and a riding time point made the difference at 149 as Nate Carr Jr. edged junior Marcel Clopton 2-1.
"Marcel fought hard, but he needs to do more offensively," Andrassy said.
With his team down 15-6, senior Matt Cathell (157) gave the Flashes their second pin of day in the third period against Trent Weatherman.
Another golden opportunity for KSU came up short when junior Ross Tice (165) surrendered a takedown to Chris Spangler in overtime, giving the Cyclones and 18-12 advantage.
"That was the match I was most disappointed in," Andrassy said. "Ross was up by three points late in third and he's usually a smart wrestler in those situations."
All-American Jon Reader then put the dual out of reach with a 24-9 technical fall over senior Chris Estep, who scored the opening takedown.
Kilgore had little trouble making the adjustment to 197 as he also registered a 14-4 major decision in his first match against Chattanooga's Niko Brown.
KSU put things out of reach for the Mocs in the eighth match when redshirt freshman Brandonn Johnson need piled up 21 points in a major decision over Levi Clemons.
Bedelyon joined Kilgore with a 2-0 day, claiming a 15-5 major decision over Prescott Garner. Sophomore Sean Collins (133) kept the Flashes' momentum rolling with a 12-9 win over Cody Hood.
KSU opened the dual with three straight wins, beginning with a 5-2 decision by Barlow. Clopton and Tice also grabbed their first victories of the year against Chattanooga, while Newburg and sophomore Mallie Shuster (157) each lost in overtime.
"I can't remember the last time we went 0-3 in overtime matches like that," Andrassy said. "That's something we need to address. We also need to get better from the bottom and need to explode through our shots more."
The Golden Flashes return to the Salem Civic Center Sunday (Nov. 7), competing in the Hokie Open.
Kent State (1-0) 24; Chattanooga (0-1) 12
285: #14 Brendan Barlow (KSU) dec. Matt Lettner, 5-2
125: #6 Nic Bedelyon (KSU) maj. dec. Prescott Garner, 15-5
133: Sean Collins (KSU) dec. Cody Hood, 12-9
141: #7 Cody Cleveland (C) fall Chase Skonieczny, 5:22
149: Marcel Clopton (KSU) dec. Dean Pavlou, 5-4
157: Josh Condon (C) dec. Mallie Shuster, 3-1 (SV)
165: Ross Tice (KSU) dec. Brandon Wright, 5-2
174: Brandonn Johnson (KSU) maj. dec. Levi Clemons, 21-10
184: #19 Jason McCroskey (C) dec. Casey Newburg, 4-3 (TB1)
197: #3 Dustin Kilgore (KSU) maj. dec. Niko Brown, 14-4
#25 Iowa State (2-0) 23; Kent State (1-1) 19
285: Kyle Simonson (ISU) fall #14 Brendan Barlow, 6:16
125: #6 Nic Bedelyon (KSU) fall Patrick Hunter, :47
133: Brandon Jones (ISU) dec. Sean Collins, 9-3
141: #14 Chris Drouin (ISU) dec. Chase Skonieczny, 11-4
149: Nate Carr, Jr. (ISU) dec. Marcel Clopton, 2-1
157: Matt Cathell (KSU) fall Trent Weatherman, 6:38
165: Chris Spangler (ISU) dec. Ross Tice, 7-5 (SV)
174: #5 Jon Reader (ISU) tech fall Chris Estep, 24-9 (7:00)
184: Casey Newburg (KSU) dec. Tyler Christensen, 8-2
197: #3 Dustin Kilgore (KSU) maj. dec. Phillip Hawes, 13-2