Cyclones In Fifth At Southern Scuffle
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Three Iowa State grapplers advanced to the quarterfinals New Year’s Day at McKenzie Arena, as Iowa State sits in fifth-place in the team standings with 39.5 points at the 2014 Southern Scuffle.
Iowa State All-American Kyven Gadson led the way, going 3-0 with two pins. In the first two rounds Gadson pinned Cleveland State’s Raymone Stone and Appalachian State’s Kacee Hutchison.
Gadson, a Waterloo, Iowa, native punched his ticket to the quarterfinals with a 3-2 win over Air Force’s Robert Isley. Gadson is the No. 2 seed at 197 pounds and will face Drexel’s Brandon Palik in the morning. He beat Palik 7-6 in ISU’s dual win over Drexel back on Nov. 7.
Gadson hit a career milestone Wednesday, tallying his 40th career victory. His career record at Iowa State sits at 42-7.
No. 14 Tanner Weatherman had three come from behind wins at 174 pounds today en route to his quarterfinal berth. In his first match, Weatherman trailed Missouri’s Cody Johnston 6-0 heading into the third period. He scored 13 points in the final stanza en route to a 13-10 win.
The Huxley, Iowa, native then downed Appalachian State’s Collin Hedash 7-5 in the first sudden victory period after trailing 5-2 late in the match. In his round of 16 match, Weatherman came from behind yet again to down Oklahoma State’s Kyle Crutchmer 9-5 in the second tiebreak period.
Redshirt freshman Lelund Weatherspoon was the third Cyclone quarterfinalist, as he downed Missouri’s Mikey England 4-2 with 1:02 of riding time in the round of 16 at 174 pounds. England wrestled at Iowa State for three seasons before transferring to Missouri this year.
Weatherspoon, a Jackson, Mich., native, picked up a first period pin over Campbell’s Cody Ryba and a 6-0 win over Navy’s Johnny Watson in his first two matches.
Hall was unable to get his explosive offense going, as he fell to 2013 Big 12 champion Eddie Klimara 9-1. The Homestead, Fla., native finished the day 2-1, picking up a 12-5 win over Vito Pasone of Appalachian State and a pin in 3:32 over South Dakota State’s Ben Gillete.
Nicholson dropped an 8-5 decision to All-American R.J. Pena of Oregon State in the round of 16. He picked up two wins in rounds 1 and 2, downing Logan Kerin of Bucknell 9-2 in his first match and UT-Chattanooga’s Alex Hudson 6-4 in the first sudden victory period.
Beard suffered his first loss of the season, as he fell 6-3 in the round of 16 to Minnesota’s Kevin Pffar. He finished the day 1-1, snagging an 11-0 major decision over Stanford’s Michael Sojka.
Navy’s Peyton Walsh upset Moreno in the round of 16, as the Cyclone fell 3-1. Moreno, a 2013 All-American, finished the day 2-1, earning a pin in his opening match over The Citadel’s Kenneth Radford and a 6-2 decision over Minnesota’s Alec Ortiz.
Like Gadson, Moreno also hit a career milestone, picking up his 50th career victory. His career record is 50-27.
Today’s crowd of 2,894 fans was a first day attendance record for the nation’s premier holiday wrestling tournament.
For the complete team standings and brackets, click here.
Schedule of Events:
Thursday, January 2nd
8:00 a.m. - Doors open for spectators
9:00 a.m. - Championship Quarterfinals
11:30 a.m. - Consolation Round 5
12:30 p.m. - Consolation Round 6
1:30 p.m. - Championship Semifinals and Consolation Quarterfinals
3:30 p.m. - Consolation Semifinals
5:00 p.m. - Flips Wrestling Clinic, featuring Jordan Oliver (Maclellan Gym)
7:00 p.m. - Championship Finals and Medal Matches
(all times eastern)