ST. LOUIS, Missouri – The Iowa State wrestling team (11-2, 2-1 Big 12) remains in 12th place at the 2015 NCAA Championships. ISU’s 26 team points is 0.5 points outside of the top-10.
Three Cyclone grapplers are still alive at the Championships. No. 3 Kyven Gadson is slated to wrestle in the 197-pound semifinals against Duke’s No. 10 Connor Hartman. No. 6 Earl Hall will face No. 10 Mason Beckman of Lehigh and No. 2 Michael Moreno is set to take on No. 3 Isaac Jordan, as they fight to be All-Americans in the consolations.
No. 6 Earl Hall squared off against Iowa’s No. 3 Cory Clark in the 133-pound quarterfinals.
Hall came out firing in the first period, throwing his patented cement mixer at Clark. The Homestead, Fla. native couldn’t connect on the move, and Clark took a 5-0 lead into the second period following a takedown and a three-point near-fall. Clark would add an escape in the second and riding time to defeat Hall by a score of 7-1.
No. 3 Kyven Gadson also faced an Iowa Hawkeye in the quarterfinals in No. 6 Nathan Burak. The two-time All-American grabbed a win, and bonus-points for the Cyclones, defeating Burak by 12-2 major-decision.
Gadson continued his dominance on the mat. After a scoreless first period, Gadson opened his offense up. He connected on two takedowns, and an escape to begin the period, which gave him a 5-1 lead heading to the third. Gadson slammed the door shut on Burak in the final period, scoring on a takedown, penalty point and three-point near-fall.
True freshman Dante Rodriguez fell to No. 3 Lavion Mayes of Missouri by 6-1 decision. With one minute to go in the match, Mayes led 2-1 and both wrestlers were neutral and on their feet. Rodriguez went for a big throw, but Mayes slipped off out of it, allowing him to secure a takedown and a two-point near-fall to end Rodriguez’s All-America bid.
No. 2 Michael Moreno added two more falls for the Cyclones in session three. He pinned Max Rohskopf of North Carolina State in 3:45, and Northern Colorado’s Mitchell Polkowske in 4:27.
In the Rohskopf match, the second period began with Moreno holding a 2-0 lead and in the bottom position. The two-time All-American improved it, scoring on a reversal. From there, Moreno was able to bring Rohskopf to his back for the pin and bonus-points for the Cyclones.
Moreno’s fall against Polkowske also came in the second period. He held a 6-3 lead after recording a reversal midway through the second. From there, Moreno did what he’s done best this tournament, getting the fall to advance to the round of 12.
Moreno is pacing the field at this year’s NCAAs. He has recorded a tournament-high three falls thus far.
In the 184-pound consolations, Lelund Weatherspoon was pitted against Davidson’s Scott Patrick. Weatherspoon fell to the Wildcat by 8-3 decision. He finished the season with an 18-7 record.
The semifinals and the round of 12 will take place tonight, as the 2015 NCAA Championships will resume at 7 p.m.