Bastida Named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week

Iowa State University wrestler Yonger Bastida has been named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week for the second time this season, the league office announced Tuesday.

It is the third Big 12 weekly honor of Bastida’s career and the fourth time this season a Cyclone has been recognized. Bastida put an exclamation point on a perfect regular season with a major decision over Missouri’s No. 5 Zach Elam on Sunday.

The heavyweight bout was the featured match in the Iowa State-Missouri dual, pitting two unbeatens against each other. The match was all Bastida, as the Cyclone established control early with a first-period takedown and added takedowns in each of the final two periods for an impressive 13-4 win over Elam.

Bastida finished the regular season with a 20-0 record, an 83:2 takedown ratio, 13 bonus-point victories and six top-10 wins.

Iowa State is back in action March 9-10 at the Big 12 Championship in Tulsa, Okla.