The Iowa State Cyclones picked up their first conference dual victory, and they had to do it on the road in Norman, Oklahoma. The Cyclones were heavily favored over the Oklahoma Sooners, and they proved that notion as they picked up two big wins from their returning All-Americans.
The dual kicked off at 125 where Kyle Larson took on Ryan Millhof. Larson has looked pretty good as of late, and in his last match he was up five points over top ten ranked Eddie Klimara of Oklahoma State. Unfortunately Larson was unable to get the job done, and lost 3-2 to drop the opening bout.
Earl Hall responded in a big fashion for Iowa State, when one of the 133 weight class’s top ranked wrestlers, Cody Brewer was in on a shot, Hall was able to scramble and put Brewer on his back for the fall in just over a minute. Upsets are becoming a common theme for Hall, as this was his fourth since the calendar flipped to 2015.
Dante Rodriguez (141) and Gabe Moreno (149) kept it going for Iowa State as Rodriguez added a 17-6 major decision and Moreno pikced up a 9-4 decision to give the Cyclones a 13-3 lead after four matches.
After a fall at 157 from Oklahoma’s #11 Justin DeAngelis over Luke Goettl , All-American Mike Moreno secured a 5-0 win at 165 over Clark Glass to put the team lead at 16-9 with four matches to go.
Matt Reed then scored a Oklahoma upset when he beat Tanner Weatherman 4-3 at 174 to close Iowa State’s lead to 16-12. Lelund Weatherspoon not only prevented the upset to let Oklahoma back in the dual, he won by major decision over Brooks Climmons 8-0 at 184 to give Iowa State the lead 20-9.
Senior Kyven Gadson officially won the dual for the Cyclones with his third period fall over freshman Andrew Dixon at 197. Iowa native Ross Larson picked up a fall at heavyweight over Quean Smith to end the second period to give his Oklahoma squad 18 points.
Iowa State will stay on the road as next weekend they head east to wrap up the Big 12 dual season against West Virginia. That dual will be at 5 PM CT next Saturday.
The Cyclones also had some wrestlers at the Grand View Open yesterday, with Iowa natives John Meeks making the finals at 141 and freshman Marcus Harrington winning the 197 title.
Iowa State 26 – Oklahoma 18
125: Ryan Millhof (OU) dec. Kyle Larson (ISU), 3-2.
133: Earl Hall (ISU) fall. Cody Brewer (OU), 1:02.
141: Dante Rodriguez (ISU) maj. dec. Trae Blackwell (OU), 17-6. (2:15 RT)
149: Gabe Moreno (ISU) dec. Shayne Tucker (OU), 9-4. (2:43 RT)
157: Justin DeAngelis (OU) fall. Luke Goettl (ISU), 6:37.
165: Michael Moreno (ISU) dec. Clark Glass (OU), 5-0. (2:43 RT
174: Matt Reed (OU) dec. Tanner Weatherman (ISU), 4-3.
184: Lelund Weatherspoon (ISU) maj. dec. Brooks Climmons (OU), 8-0. (2:33 RT)
197: Kyven Gadson (ISU) fall. Andrew Dixon (OU), 5:58.
285: Ross Larson (OU) fall. Quean Smith (ISU), 4:56.