PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Iowa State wrestling team (2-3, 0-1
Big 12) started its East Coast road trip with a bang Friday night, scoring a
19-15 victory over Rutgers (10-2, 2-0 EIWA) at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Iowa
State won four of its five final matches en route to its second dual win of the
"Obviously it's always good to get a win," head coach Kevin
Jackson said. "We still have a lot of work to do on this trip with two more
duals ahead of us. There's little time to celebrate victories, and no time to
dwell on defeat."
The Cyclones held a 16-15 advantage heading into the final
match of the dual. It was all up to No. 20 Matt Gibson again at heavyweight,
much like on Dec. 16 against North Dakota State in Ames, to bring home the dual
win for the Cyclones.
Gibson was victorious in a 7-5 decision over Rutgers' Billy
Smith. Gibson trailed late in the match but was able to get a late reversal on
the right edge to grab the lead 6-5. Gibson then rode out Smith for the win 7-5
with 1:14 of riding time.
Redshirt freshman Tanner Weatherman provided the biggest
highlight of the night for the Cyclones as he upset the No. 13 ranked wrestler in
the country, Rutgers' Greg Zannetti. Weatherman was able to get a takedown
early in the first sudden victory period to seal a 9-7 win in a very
entertaining match that went back and forth.
"Both Tanner and Matt Gibson were on the bottom down a point
with the match on the line, and they both found a way to win," Jackson said.
"Tanner is continuing to improve and building his confidence each and every
No. 20 Luke Goettl dominated his match at 141 pounds,
getting a pin at the 2:35 mark over Rutgers' Trevor Melde, who is ranked No. 18
by W.I.N. Magazine. Iowa State
trailed 6-0 before Goettl was able to turn the tides and get six points for the
Cyclones to knot the team score at 6-6.
Other winners tonight included No. 19 Michael Moreno at 165
pounds and No. 10 Kyven Gadson at 197 pounds. Moreno and Gadson both were
victorious in convincing fashion.
Moreno won by way of an 11-6 decision over Rutgers' Nick
Visicaro. Moreno now leads the Cyclones with 15 wins on the year. Gadson won by
way of a major decision over Rutgers' Dan Seidenberg 14-6. Gadson is now 5-0 in
duals for the Cyclones, as he's posted three major decisions in those five
"What I like about this team right now is we're still not
wrestling at our best, but we're competing at a high level" Jackson said. "When
you compete at high level, you give yourself a chance to win."
Iowa State now travels to Philadelphia, Penn. for two duals
on Sunday with the Drexel Dragons and the Penn Quakers. The Drexel dual begins
at 9 a.m. (CST) with the Penn dual following at 12 p.m. (CST).
125: Joe Langel (RU)
dec. No. 20 Ryak Finch (ISU), 5-4
Dellefave (RU) dec. John Meeks (ISU), 7-6
141: No. 20 Luke
Goettl (ISU) WBF (2:35) Trevor Melde (RU)
149: Ken Theobold
(RU) dec. Max Mayfield (ISU), 4-0
157: No. 17 Scott
Winston (RU) dec. Logan Molina (ISU), 4-0
165: No. 20 Mike
Moreno (ISU) dec. Nick Visicaro (RU), 11-6
Weatherman (ISU) dec. No. 13 Greg Zannetti (RU), 9-7 (SV-1)
184: No. 13 Dan
Rinaldi (RU) dec. Boaz Beard (ISU), 1-0
197: No. 11 Kyven
Gadson (ISU) mdec. Dan Seidenberg (RU), 15-6
285: No. 20 Matt Gibson
(ISU) dec. Billy Smith (RU), 7-5