Cyclones In Sixth; Moreno and Weatherman Roll
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Iowa State wrestling team (9-7 overall, 1-2 Big 12) sits tied with Cornell and Oregon State for sixth-place with 9 points at the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships thanks to first period pins by No. 8 seed Michael Moreno and No. 12 seed Tanner Weatherman.
Moreno ran an arm bar over to stick Rider’s Ramon Santiago 2:30 into the match. The win moves the Urbandale, Iowa, native into the round of 32 for the second straight season. He will face No. 9 seed Joe Booth of Hofstra next. Moreno pinned Booth in overtime earlier this season at the NWCA National Duals.
The 2013 All-American has scored bonus points in four of six career wins at the NCAA Championships.
Like Moreno, Weatherman is into the round of 32 for the second consecutive season. The Huxley, Iowa, native pinned Chattanooga’s Levi Clemons in 2:09 for his first career pin at the NCAA Championships.
Weatherman faces No. 5 seed Matt Brown of Penn State later this evening. Brown won by major decision over Weatherman in the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Championships in Des Moines.
No. 5 seed Kyven Gadson controlled his opening match from start to finish, winning 6-1 with 3:24 of riding time over Princeton’s Abram Ayala. Gadson has not lost since the Southern Scuffle title match on Jan. 2 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Waterloo, Iowa, native faces No. 12 seed Taylor Meeks of Oregon State tonight in a battle of 2013 197-pound All-Americans. Meeks leads the all-time series with Gadson 1-0, beating him 8-6 last season in the third-place match at the Midlands Championships.
Two Cyclones, Gabe Moreno and Earl Hall, each picked up their first career wins at the NCAA Championships.
Moreno beat Oklahoma’s Nick Lester 5-4 with 2:37 riding time in a pigtail match to start the morning at 141 pounds. In two previous matches this season, Lester outscored Moreno 23-0.
In the first round, Moreno was pitted against top-seed Mitchell Port of Edinboro and was pinned in the first period. He remains alive in the wrestle backs this evening and will face No. 16 seed Joe Spisak of Virginia.
Earl Hall knocked off No. 13 seed Evan Silver of Stanford in the opening round, scoring three takedowns in route to victory. The Homestead, Fla., native faces Air Force’s Josh Martinez, the No. 4 seed, tonight.
Hall beat Martinez 5-3 at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas back on Dec. 6 in their only previous meeting.
Lelund Weatherspoon faced a tall task in his opening match, as he drew No. 3 seed Gabe Dean of Cornell. The Jackson, Mich., native was unable to get his offense going and fell 12-4. He remains alive in the wrestle backs and will face Fred Garcia of Lehigh tonight.
Session II of the NCAA Wrestling Championships begins tonight at 6 p.m. CT, live from Chesapeake Energy Arena. ESPNU will be providing national TV coverage of tonight’s matches.
Session I Team Standings:
1. Penn State – 16.5 pts.
2. Oklahoma State – 13.5 pts.
T-3. Edinboro – 11 pts.
T-3. Minnesota – 11 pts.
5. Nebraska – 9.5 pts.
T-6. Iowa State – 9 pts.
T-6. Cornell – 9 pts.
T-6. Oregon State – 9 pts.
T-9. Iowa – 8.5 pts.
T-9. Wisconsin – 8.5 pts.