AMES (AP) — Iowa State's wrestling program has shown marked improvement this season.
That doesn't mean the Cyclones are ready to compete at Iowa's level just yet.
Iowa won seven of 10 matches and beat host Iowa State 23-9 Sunday in their annual wrestling dual meet.
The fourth-ranked Hawkeyes (4-0) beat the rival Cyclones for the 10th straight time and claimed the Dan Gable Traveling Trophy for the fourth time in as many tries.
Top-ranked Derek St. John beat Iowa State's John Nicholson 5-1 to clinch the meet for Iowa, which scored a pair of major decisions but also left some points on the mat.
"We missed some scoring positions," Iowa coach Tom Brands said. "What we have to know coming in here is that they're going to be coached to strategize...and we've got to beat that. And I think they did a pretty good job of doing what they wanted to do in some of those matches where they kept it close enough where they can maybe win in the end, and we've got to handle that better."
Kyven Gadson, Quean Smith and Luke Goettl posted wins for the Cyclones (5-1), who nonetheless emerged confident about their chances for the rest of the season — and against the Hawkeyes in the future.
"We're better than what we showed. I know it, they know it. And we're going to continue to improve, and we're going to beat the Hawks. We're going to beat them, and it's coming," Iowa State coach Kevin Jackson said.
It didn't happen this time though.
Iowa's Cory Clark, ranked fourth nationally at 125 pounds, survived a furious rally by Earl Hall to win 8-7 on riding time and put the Hawkeyes up 10-6 at intermission.
Top-ranked Tony Ramos then opened things up with another dominant performance.