AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State wrestling team (6-3 overall, 1-1
Big 12) defeated Arizona State (7-10 overall, 2-1 Pac-12) on Friday night in
Hilton Coliseum by a score of 23-18. The win was the Cyclones' fifth-straight
"We started a little slow tonight," Iowa State head coach
Kevin Jackson said. "We did the same thing at Rutgers and we had to wrestle
hard in the last five matches to get the win. I see some good things and I see
some bad things. Just like the East Coast swing, I expect a better performance
The Cyclones won five of the nine contested matches, coming
away with four wins that resulted in bonus points, including No. 9 Kyven
Gadson's major decision over No. 7 Jake Meredith at 197 pounds. Gadson improved
his record on the season to 14-2 with the statement win in front of the home
crowd. The Sun Devil's highly touted senior dropped to 22-6 on the year with
Gadson is now 5-2 on the year against ranked opponents. He
remains a perfect 8-0 in duals with four wins coming by major decision.
The meet started at 141 pounds and the Cyclones trailed 6-3
when redshirt sophomore 165-pounder Michael Moreno stepped on the mat and
turned the tide.
Already leading 4-1 late in the first period with two
takedowns in his favor, Moreno rolled Sun Devil wrestler Ray Waters to his back
and got the pin with 45 seconds remaining in the opening period.
Ryak Finch was later able to slam the door shut on Arizona
State's comeback hopes with the Cyclones' second pin of the dual. Finch, the 125-pound
native of Stafford, Ariz., took the mat as Iowa State held a 17-12 lead.
Finch fell behind 2-0 early on a Dalton Miller takedown, but
he scored a reversal with 33 seconds left in the first period and took Miller
to his back for the pin on the edge of the mat.
Iowa State will be back in action Sunday to take on No. 2
Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. (CST) in a senior day battle at Hilton Coliseum.
Olympic Gold Medalist Jake Varner will be in attendance, as
his Olympic Gold Medal banner is set to be unveiled during the 10-minute
intermission on Sunday.
125: Ryak Finch
(ISU) WBF Dalton Miller (ASU), (2:30)
133: Ares Carpio
(ASU) win by forfeit
141: Matt Kraus
(ASU) dec. Luke Goettl (ISU), 6-5
149: Max Mayfield
(ISU) dec. Preston McCalmon, 7-2
157: Joel Smith
(ASU) dec. Logan Molina, 6-0
Moreno (ISU) WBF Ray Waters, (2:15)
Weatherman (ISU) mdec. Rush Hall, 15-4
Radford (ASU) dec. Mikey England (ISU), 10-9
197: Kyven Gadson
(ISU) mdec. Jake Meredith (ASU), 9-1
285: Levi Cooper
(ASU) dec. Matt Gibson (ISU), 5-2