Iowa State was unable to score their second straight top ten upset on Sunday, despite getting a fall from senior Kyven Gadson at 197 and an upset from sophomore Lelund Weatherspoon at 184. Oklahoma State needed a late comeback from one of their ranked wrestlers, and an upset of their own to win 20-15.
The dual kicked off with Kyle Larson almost scoring the upset at 125 against #10 Eddie Klimara. Larson exploded to a 6-1 lead by scoring a takedown and some near fall points. Klimara however was able to score a third period rally by getting a pair of takedowns and almost two minutes of riding time to end up the victor 8-7.
The Cyclones responded with a win from All-American Earl Hall getting a 9-5 win over true freshman Gary Wayne Harding at 133. Hall also jumped out to an early lead on his opponent, and like Larson also allowed a comeback, but Hall was able to come out on top, and tie the dual at 3-3.
Dante Rodriguez was back in the lineup at 141 for Iowa State after John Meeks got the nod last weekend against Devin Carter and Virginia Tech. Rodriguez’s return wasn’t as triumphant as fans were hoping for as #18 Dean Heil picked up a major decision 17-3, narrowly missing the technical fall. The win gave Oklahoma State the dual lead back at 7-3 and from there the Cyclones were never able to reclaim the lead.
Gabe Moreno picked up a 7-2 decision at 149 to close the gap, but Anothy Collica scored a 8-2 decision over senior Luke Goettl to give Oklahoma State the team lead 10-6 at the half way point.
Oklahoma State then got a major decision when NCAA champion Alex Dieringer won 13-3 over All-American Mike Moreno at 165. The loss was the first on the year for the senior, who now has a 16-1 record.
Oklahoma State went with Kyle Cruthmer at 174 against Tanner Weatherman. Crutchmer won their prior meeting this season 3-1 at the Southern Scuffle, and was able to pull out this win 7-4.
Iowa State got back on track when Weatherspoon scored two takedowns in the matches only offensive scores to upset #15 Nolan Boyd, closing the score to 17-9.
With the Cyclones needing a big win to get back into the match, Gadson came out an earned the fall over Luke Bean in 3:50 to put ISU down only two points 17-15 with one match to go. Coming into the dual, this match was highlighted as a bout that the Cyclones would need some bonus out of Gadson to give Iowa State a shot at the upset.
With the dual on the line, Quean Smith was unable to defeat All-American and #5 ranked Austin Mardsen to give the Cyclones the win, so the Cowboys wound up on top 20-15.
After three straight home duals, Iowa State will hit the road as they will travel to Norman, Oklahoma to face the Sooners next Saturday, January 31st. Oklahoma had the week off, but most recently defeated conference foe West Virginia 25-13.
#8 ISU 15 – #7 OSU 20
125: No. 10 Eddie Klimara (OSU) dec. Kyle Larson (ISU), 8-7 (1:55)
133: No. 6 Earl Hall (ISU) dec. Gary Wayne Harding (OSU), 9-5 (1:23)
141: No. 18 Dean Heil (OSU) maj. dec. Dante Rodriguez (ISU), 17-3 (2:30)
149: No. 13 Gabe Moreno (ISU) dec. Davey Dolan (OSU), 7-2 (3:08)
157: Anthony Collica (OSU) dec. vs. Luke Goettl (ISU), 8-2 (1:13)
165: No. 1 Alex Dieringer (OSU) maj. dec. No. 4 Michael Moreno (ISU), 13-3 (3:24)
174: Kyle Crutchmer (OSU) dec. No. 10 Tanner Weatherman (ISU), 7-4
184: No. 17 Lelund Weatherspoon (ISU) dec. No. 15 Nolan Boyd (OSU), 5-1
197: No. 3 Kyven Gadson (ISU) WBF Luke Bean (OSU), 3:50
285: No. 5 Austin Marsden (OSU) dec. Quean Smith (ISU), 4-3