Heading into the 2002-03 season, the West Virginia University wrestling team had some of the highest expectations it had ever had in its history.
The Mountaineers, who had nine of their 10 wrestlers ranked to begin the season, started their dual meet campaign with a tilt against No. 13 Iowa State.
In their matchup the previous year, the Cyclones topped WVU, 24-16.
On this day, though, the Mountaineers proved to the better team, as they downed their future Big 12 opponent, 22-14.
The match, which began at the 174-pound class, saw now associate head coach Greg Jones put WVU up early, as he majored his opponent.
After a spilt at both the 184-and 197-pound weight class, the Mountaineers lead was trimmed to 7-3.
A forfeit at heavyweight and a 7-3 decision victory by WVU’s Seth Lisa (125) would give WVU some breathing room, however, as the lead was now at 16-3.
Just as the Mountaineers had the momentum, Iowa State looked as if it was going to back up its No. 13-ranking when the Cyclones’ Zach Roberson, who was the sixth-ranked wrestler at 133 pounds in the nation, teched No. 12 Brandon Lauer.
Despite the momentum shift, WVU was able to put the match out of reach when Shane Cuanan (141) scored a win in tiebreakers. In order to get the match to tiebreakers, Cuanan converted a last second takedown that would lead to his win.
The win, which is the Mountaineers’ only victory against Iowa State, also marked the 500th dual meet win for the wrestling program.
WVU will rekindle its series against the Cyclones this season, as the two programs will meet as Big 12 conference foes for the first time.Follow WVU Wrestling on Twitter: @CoachGJonesLike the WVU Wrestling Page on Facebook: facebook.com/WVUWrestling