Cyclones In Eighth; Gadson In Title Match Tonight
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Iowa State All-American Kyven Gadson is headed to the finals of the 2014 Southern Scuffle, after knocking off No. 14 J’Den Cox of Missouri 3-1 in overtime to punch his ticket. Iowa State sits in eighth-place in the team race with 68.5 points heading into tonight’s championship bouts.
Gadson downed No. 12 Brandon Palik of Drexel 5-1 in the quarterfinals to start the day. Time dwindled down in the first sudden victory period in his semifinal matchup with Cox, when Gadson fired a counter attack to get two-points and the win.
The Waterloo, Iowa, native will face No. 1 Scott Schiller of Minnesota in tonight’s 197-pound title match. Gadson is 0-2 in head-to-head matchups with Schiller and will look to avenge a 3-2 loss in the championship match of the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open on Nov. 16 earlier this season.
Iowa State 174-pounders Tanner Weatherman and Lelund Weatherspoon are set to square off in the fifth-place match tonight at McKenzie Arena, but the Cyclones will be forfeiting the bout. Each lost quarterfinal matchups this morning sending them to the consolation bracket.
Weatherman came up short in a 6-3 loss to Minnesota All-American Logan Storley. He battled back in the consolation bracket winning two matches, downing George Pickett of Cornell 5-2 and Missouri’s Mikey England 3-2 to reach the consolation semifinals.
In the consolation semifinals, Weatherman and No. 8 Tyler Wilps of Pitt had a rare five-point exchange in the first period. The two top-15 wrestlers were tied 5-5 early, but Weatherman was unable to get his offense going the rest of the match and fell 11-7.
Weatherspoon was sent to the consolation bracket after falling to No. 2 Chris Perry in the finals 10-2. In the consolation rounds, Weatherspoon won his first two matches, picking up a 7-2 win over Missouri’s Cody Johnston and a 4-3 win in the first tiebreak period of Oklahoma State’s Kyle Crutchmer.
The Moreno brothers, Michael (165) and Gabe (141), both finished the day 2-1 falling a match shy of placing in the top-8 of their weight class. Gabe Moreno’s day was highlighted by a 5-4 win over All-American Ugi Khishignya, who was wrestling unattached for The Citadel. The match ended in a 4-4 tie, but Moreno prevailed with a point for 1:59 of riding time.
Michael started the day on a roll, snagging a 7-2 win over Army’s Chandler Smith and a 4-2 victory over Missouri’s Justin DeAngelais. Turogtokh Luvsandorj of The Citadel ended Moreno’s tournament with a 3-1 win late in the first sudden victory period. Luvsandorj is ranked No. 13 at 174 pounds in the latest InterMat poll.
Earl Hall (125), Dakota Bauer, Luke Goettl and Logan Molina all finished all went 1-1 today. Each won their first match then dropped their second, eliminating them from the completion. Molina and Goettl each finished the tournament 4-2. Hall and Bauer each finished 3-2.
The finals begin at 6 p.m. CT and will be the featured bouts tonight on mat No. 1. Flowrestling will have a webcast of all finals matches tonight for FloPro members. To subscribe, click here.
125: No. 1 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) vs. No. 2 Nico Megaludis (Penn State)
133: No. 1 Jon Morrison (Oklahoma State) vs. No. 17 Jimmy Gulibon (Penn State)
141: No. 2 Zain Retherford (Penn State) vs. No. 19 Joe Spisak (Virginia)
149: No. 1 Nick Dardanes (Minnesota) vs. No. 2 Drake Houdashelt (Missouri)
157: No. 2 Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State) vs. No. 8 Ian Miller (Kent State)
165: No. 1 David Taylor (Penn State) vs. No. 2 Tyler Caldwell (Oklahoma State)
174: No. 2 Chris Perry (Oklahoma State) vs. No. 3 Matt Brown (Penn State)
184: No. 1 Ed Ruth (Penn State) vs. No. 7 Gabe Dean (Cornell)
197: No. 1 Scott Schiller (Minnesota) vs. No. 2 Kyven Gadson (Iowa State)
285: No. 1 Tony Nelson (Minnesota) vs. No. 5 Nick Gwiazdowski (North Carolina State)