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Six Cyclones Set To Compete At NCAAs in OKC

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Release: 03/19/2014
         
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AMES, Iowa – Six members of the Iowa State wrestling team (9-7 overall, 1-2 Big 12) will compete March 20-22 at the pinnacle of the collegiate wrestling, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. 2013 All-Americans Kyven Gadson (197) and Michael Moreno (165), along with 2013 NCAA-qualifier Tanner Weatherman, lead the Cyclones into Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City.

For the first time ever, every match at this year’s national tournament will be televised by the ESPN family of networks. For TV listings and more information, click here.

NCAA Championships Tournament Central

Where: Oklahoma City, Okla. – Chespeake Energy Arena ()
When: March 20-22, 11 p.m. & 6 p.m.; 10 a.m. & 7 p.m.; 10 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Webcast: ESPN3 & WatchESPN
TV: ESPNU (Session I, II, III & V) ; ESPN (Semifinals and Finals)
Talent: Adam Amin (pxp); Shawn Kenney (pxp); Joe Gibbons (color); Anthony Robles (color); Kyle Dake (color); Quint Kessenich (mat side reporter)
Twitter: Follow @CycloneWR for live updates following each match.

Live Stats: Live stats will be available at trackwrestling.com.

Live Blog: Michael DeBates, student assistant for athletics communications, will be holding a live blog during the dual. Fans are encouraged to participate in the blog by asking questions.

Cyclone Headlines
- The Cyclones trio of returning qualifiers, Gadson, Moreno and Weatherman, each is seeded in the top-16 of their respective brackets.
- Gadson, ranked No.1 in the InterMat, TheOpenMat.com, ASICS Flowrestling and W.I.N. Magazine, is seeded No. 5 at 197 pounds.
- The Waterloo, Iowa, native was seeded No. 6 last season at the NCAA Championships. He wrestled to his seeded going 5-3 en route to a sixth-place finish and All-America honors.
- Gadson is one of numerous title contenders at 197 pounds. His road to the finals Saturday night is a tough one, as he could see three All-Americans in Taylor Meeks (Oregon State), Scott Schiller (Minnesota) and Nick Heflin (Ohio State).
- Moreno was one of eight unseeded wrestlers to earn All-America honors at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
- The Urbandale, Iowa, native has the No. 8 seed at 165 pounds. He finished the year 26-7, leading the Cyclones in wins.
- With wins in his opening two matches, Moreno would likely see Hodge Trophy frontrunner David Taylor of Penn State in the quarterfinals.
- Weatherman, who reached the round of 12 (one match shy of All-America honors) at last season’s national tournament in Des Moines, is seeded No. 12 at in a loaded field at 174 pounds.
- Last season, Weatherman was victorious in the highest scoring match of the NCAA Championships, defeating three-time All-American Jordan Blanton of Illinois 16-14 in the second round.
- Three Cyclones will be making their NCAA Championship debuts: Earl Hall (125), Gabe Moreno (141) and Lelund Weatherspoon (184).
- Hall, a sophomore from Homestead, Fla., is no stranger to the big stage. He competed at the 2012 Olympic Trials in Iowa City, where he went 2-2. He also placed at two international tournaments, earning bronze at the Ivan Illeav International and fourth at the Dave Schultz Memorial International.
- Hall has No. 13 seed Evan Silver of Stanford in the first round as he begins his first NCAA quest.
- Lelund Weatherspoon punched his ticket to Oklahoma City after winning the Big 12 title at 184 pounds on March 8. He became the first freshman since David Zabriskie in 2007 to win gold at the Big 12 Championship.
- The Jackson, Mich., native wrestled at both 174 and 184 pounds this season, posting a 24-9 record.
- Weatherspoon faces No. 3 seed Gabe Dean of Cornell in his opening match Thursday. Dean, a true freshman, upset defending NCAA champion Ed Ruth of Penn State in the Southern Scuffle championship match on Jan. 2.
- Gabe Moreno, the younger brother of Michael, earned a spot in the 141-pound bracket after a runner-up finish at the Big 12 Championship. He upset top-seed Colin Johnston of West Virginia in the semis to clinch win one of three automatic bids up for grabs in Norman.
- His win of Johnston was his first since Jan. 2. Moreno faces Nick Lester of Oklahoma in a pigtail match Thursday. The winner faces top-seed Mitchell Port of Edinboro.

NCAA Championship History
- Iowa State has had 37 two-time All-Americans in school history. Gadson and Moreno will look to repeat and join the club in OKC.
- The Cyclones last NCAA champion was Jon Reader in 2011. Reader defeated Nick Amuchastegui of Stanford 10-3 in the finals that season in Philadelphia.
- Iowa State’s eight NCAA team titles, 68 individual NCAA champions and 284 All-Americans are each No. 3 all-time behind Oklahoma State and Iowa amongst Division I wrestling programs.
- ISU’s first NCAA champion was 138-pounder Arthur Holding in 1938.

- Kevin Jackson has coached seven All-Americans and three NCAA champions in four NCAA Championship appearances.

Schedule of Events: 

TIME (CT)

EVENT

NOTES

Tuesday, March 18

 

5:15 - 7 p.m.

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Thursday, March 20

 

10 a.m.

Chesapeake Energy Arena Opens

 

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Approx.)

First Session- Eight Mat Configuration, Pigtails and First-Round Competition

Tickets available

4:30 p.m.

Chesapeake Energy Arena Opens

 

6 - 10 p.m. (Approx.)

Second Session- Eight Mat Configuration, *Preliminaries: Wrestle-Back Prelims (pigtail matches) as needed; Wrestle-Back First Round. Followed by Championship Round, Second Round and Consolation Round

Tickets available

Friday, March 21

 

9 a.m.

Chesapeake Energy Arena Opens

 

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Approx.)

Third Session- Eight Mat Configuration, *Quarterfinals on middle four mats; Wrestle-Back Second and Third Rounds on outside mats.

Tickets available

5:30 p.m.

Chesapeake Energy Arena Opens

 

7 - 10:30 p.m. (Approx.)

Fourth Session- Six Mat Configuration, *Semifinals on inside two mats (one weight at a time) and Wrestle-back Fourth Round on outside four mats. Followed by Wrestle-Back fifth rounds on all six mats.

Tickets available

Saturday, March 22

 

9 a.m.

Chesapeake Energy Arena Opens

 

10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Approx.)

Fifth Session- Four Mats, *Wrestle-Back Semifinals on all four mats followed by third, fifth and seventh place medal round matches.

Tickets available

5:30 p.m.

Chesapeake Energy Arena Opens

 

6:35- 6:50 p.m.

Grand March Parade of All-Americans

 

7 - 10 p.m. (Approx.)

Sixth Session and Awards Ceremony- One Mat, Championship Finals

Tickets available

 

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