No. 9 Iowa State defeats California Baptist in season opener 39-9 –

AMES — Iowa State Wrestling officially kicked off its season Saturday night with a 39-9 win over California Baptist at the Hilton Coliseum.

Heavily favored as the nation’s No. 9 team, Kevin dresser didn’t particularly focus on winning or losing, but on how his team went about the details that directly impact success on the mat.

Is the team eating right, getting enough sleep, or just exercising properly and preparing for an hour-long weigh-in?

“As a coach, you really look at how good guys feel, and maybe less at how good guys wrestle,” Dresser said. “That’s always important, but you get really curious when we step on the scale for the first time and wrestle an hour later.”

Some wrestlers lived up to the expectation. Special Paniro Johnson, who opened the Dual for the Cyclones. The true freshman has moved up at 149lbs, so Dresser felt it was important for him to open the duel above the traditional 125lb class.

“I wanted to make a statement out there so I picked 149 (lbs) tonight. I wanted to put Paniro first because I wanted to show everyone all the good things he’s done in training,” Dresser said. “He did all the little things right. For him to step out and the first guy off the scale being like a 125 pounder I thought he did a great job. Good for him.”

In his first-ever wrestling at the Hilton, Johnson defeated Chaz Hallmark 12-2 to give the Cyclones a bonus point win to start the night.

“I was just trying to keep getting points to show everyone what they’re going to see for a long time,” Johnson said. “That was just a start. I will get a lot better every week.”

Jason Kraisser (157), David Karr (165) and Julien Broderson (174) followed Johnson’s lead in earning bonus points for the Cyclones.

Yonger Bastida continues to show his dominant presence on the team with a 22-7 technical fall win over his opponent that gets Hilton to his feet. What he’s looking forward to.

“Hilton is my favorite place to wrestle. I love the fans and they love me. It feels good. This is my home,” said Bastida.

Unfortunately, Kysen Terukina (125) and Zach Redding found no happiness on the mat.

“We have to grow up there and learn that this is commonplace. You can’t be 80 percent there,” Dresser said. “That’s why their careers are rollercoasters right now. You can’t seem to do the small things it takes to get the results you want.

Terukina lost 4-2 and Redding was pinned in four minutes.

“The good news is that it’s still early. Sometimes the best wrestlers are the toughest guys,” Dresser said. “You can tell them over and over again, but until they feel it, see it, and feel embarrassed in front of a few people, then maybe they’ll go back to the drawing board and make things the way you’re supposed to.” If you don’t, then you won’t be the guy.”

Jacqueline Cordova

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Jacqueline graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. She was fortunate to practice at Cyclone Fanatic for two and a half years before being promoted to stay. She currently has many responsibilities at Cyclone Fanatic: Social Media Director, Iowa State Wrestling Beat Reporter and Staff Photographer. Jacqueline loves reading and watching reality TV shows when she’s not watching sports. One of her favorite accomplishments is her internship with the Minnesota Vikings and during Super Bowl LII.