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Associated Press

AMES, Iowa (AP) — In a quick 36 seconds, Nick Passolano ended almost 17 long years of frustration for Iowa State wrestling.

That's all the time it took for Passolano to pin Iowa's Cole Pape in the final match Sunday and give Iowa State a 21-13 victory over the Hawkeyes, who had defeated the Cyclones 30 straight times.

"This streak was going on since I was in kindergarten," Passolano said. "You've got guys in the lineup that wrestled all seven minutes, wrestled their heart out. I just happened to be the one at the end who won."

Iowa State won the final five matches to get its first victory over Iowa since a 23-12 win in Ames on Jan. 11, 1987. ISU coach Bobby Douglas had been 0-16 against the Hawkeyes.

"It feels great for me," said Douglas, who then cautioned, "I hope this doesn't make the season for us. We've got a lot of work to do. We're going to look at this as a great victory. I can't ever remember seeing a team wrestle as hard as this team has wrestled.

"Even without a lot of the talent that Iowa has, we were able to fight them tooth and nail right down to the wire."

With the meet starting at 174 pounds, Iowa (4-1) won four of the first five matches in building a 13-3 lead. Iowa State (7-0) then dominated the rest of the meet and led 15-13 when Passolano stepped on the mat with Pape, a former Maquoketa (Iowa) prep.

The winner of their match would decide the meet and Iowa State was trusting its fate to someone who had wrestled only twice all season because of knee problems. Passolano has had four operations on his left knee and one on his right.

"Passolano's questionable every time he walks out on the mat," Douglas said. "He's going after the fall probably because he didn't think he had enough gas in the last period."

He didn't have to expend much energy. Passolano took Cole down 16 seconds into the match and pinned him 20 seconds later, then bounced off the mat, raised both arms with his fists clenched and was picked up by teammates who rushed to greet him.

Passolano was still grinning and bouncing in the interview room.

"I told coach before the meet, ‘Coach I had this vision that I took the kid down and I threw a crab ride and I know you don't like it, but then I threw a half in and I pinned him,' " Passolano said. "Coach goes, 'Hey, that's OK. I hope that happens.' I went out there and the same thing happened. I can't explain it."

Iowa State got within striking distance of the Hawkeyes with a key victory at 141, where Nate Gallick upset No. 4 Cliff Moore 6-3 to cut the lead to 13-9. Gallick took Moore down 14 seconds into the match and got another takedown with 1:12 left to secure the victory.

"I had a good shot right off the bat," Gallick said. "I don't know if I surprised him. It definitely kind of surprised me a little bit."

Moore, a two-time all-American, lost for the first time in 10 matches.

"Gallick did a good job of coming out and taking him down right away and he never got any offense going," Iowa coach Jim Zalesky said of Moore. "It was like he wrestled one pace and Gallick was wrestling a pace above him."

The Paulson twins, redshirt freshmen Trent (149) and Travis (157), followed with victories to give Iowa State the lead and set it up for Passolano. Zach Roberson had started Iowa State's late surge with a 10-5 victory over redshirt freshman Todd Meneely at 133.

Iowa got a major decision from Tyler Nixt at 174 to start the meet. The Hawkeyes' other winners were Ryan Fulsaas (197), heavyweight Ryan Fuller and Luke Eustice (125).

"No doubt it hurts, but definitely this is not the end of the season," Eustice said. "It's early. One stumble, the best thing I think we can do is learn from this … just use this and catapult ourselves through the rest of the year."

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