Cyclones Columbus Bound For NWCA National Duals
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State wrestling team (8-4 overall, 1-2 Big 12) hits the road for the final time in the regular this season to compete at the 2014 NWCA National Duals in Columbus, Ohio on the campus of The Ohio State University. The Cyclones will be making their first National Duals appearance since 2012 and their fourth appearance under the tutelage of head coach Kevin Jackson.
Where: Columbus, Ohio – St. John Arena (13, 276)
When: Sunday, Feb. 16, noon CDT; Monday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. CDT
Webcast: Flowrestling (FloPro membership required; click here to subscribe)
TV: Big Ten Network (semifinals and finals)
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.
- All-American Kyven Gadson was named the top-ranked wrestler in the nation at 197 pounds this week by InterMat for the first time in his career.
- The No. 1 ranked Gadson takes a 26-match dual win streak to Columbus this week and a 19-2 overall record. Gadson’s six falls and 25 dual takedowns are both second on the team.
- Gadson is seeking career win No. 50 this weekend. He brings a 49-8 career overall record and a 26-1 career dual record into the dual tournament.
- 2011 174-pound NCAA Champion Jon Reader was the last Cyclone to be ranked No. 1.
- No. 10 Michael Moreno leads the 2013-14 Cyclones in dual takedowns with 29. Moreno tallied a come from behind win on Feb. 8 over No. 11 Cooper Moore, 9-6 behind two takedowns and a three-point nearfall.
- Moreno has won four of his last five matches since not placing at the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 1-2.
- No. 8 Tanner Weatherman has posted back-to-back wins since falling 6-4 to No. 2 Chris Perry on Jan. 24 in Stillwater. He recently beat No. 17 Cody Caldwell of UNI for his 40th career win.
- Weatherman’s No. 8 national ranking is the highest he’s been ranked in his two-year career as a Cyclone.
- Explosive sophomore Earl Hall will look to snap a four-match losing streak at 125 pounds. Hall is 14-10 this season with a 5-3 win over No. 4 Josh Martinez of Air Force back on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas at the Cliff Keen Invite.
- Head coach Kevin Jackson is seeking his 50th career dual win this season. Jackson brings a 45-34 dual record into the tournament.
Last Time Out
- Iowa State had a 10-match, 10 year dual win streaked snapped by No. 5 UNI in front of a sold-out crowd at West Gym in Cedar Falls. The undefeated Panthers won six of the ten bouts en route to victory.
- ISU lost both key swing matches in the dual at heavyweight and 149 pounds. Quean Smith lost 5-2 and Luke Goettl fell 8-6.
- Kyven Gadson notched an 11-3 major decision over Basil Minto to extend his 26-match dual win streak.
- Michael Moreno downed No. 11 Cooper Moore 9-6 after trailing 5-2 with 90 seconds remaining in the match.
- Tanner Weatherman netted a 9-5 win over No. 17 Cody Caldwell to improve to 20-10 overall on the season.
- Senior transfer John Nicholson got back on track with a 6-3 win over UNI’s Jarrett Jensen. Nicholson scored two takedowns in the match en route to victory.
- Iowa State is competing at the NWCA National Duals for the first time since 2012.
- 62 top-20 nationally ranked (InterMat poll) wrestlers, 24 All-Americans and five NCAA champions are set to hit the mat at this year’s National Duals.
- ISU leads the all-time series with its opening round opponent Kent State, 3-0.
- Head coach Kevin Jackson is 6-4 all-time in three National Duals appearances.
- 10 teams ranked in the top-25 of the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Coaches Poll are in this year’s tournament field: No. 1 Minnesota, No. 4 Cornell, No. 10 Oklahoma, No. 13 Ohio State, No. 16 Virginia Tech, No. 17 Iowa State, No. 18 Illinois, No. 19 UT-Chattanooga No. 20 North Dakota State and No. 25 Oregon State.
(Seed listed first, USA Today/NWCA/AWN Ranking in parenthesis)
No. 1 (1) Minnesota first-round bye
No. 8 (19) Chattanooga vs. No. 9 (20) North Dakota State, 1 p.m.
No. 5 (17) Iowa State vs. No. 12 Kent State, 1 p.m.
No. 4 (13) Ohio State vs. No. 13 Hofstra, 1 p.m.
No. 3 (10) Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Bloomsburg, 3 p.m.
No. 6 (18) Illinois vs. No. 11 Central Michigan, 3 p.m.
No. 7 (16) Virginia Tech vs. No. 10 (25) Oregon State, 3 p.m.
No. 2 (4) Cornell first-round bye
Schedule of Events:
(All times central)
Sunday, Feb. 16
Preliminaries – noon, 2 p.m.
Consolations – 4 p.m.
Quarterfinals – 6 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 17
Semifinals & Consolations – noon (One semifinal live on BTN)
Finals & Third Place – 3 p.m. (Finals live on BTN)