Cyclones win big over West Virginia

The Cyclones moved to 8-2 on the season and finished conference duals 2-1 with their big 29-7 at West Virginia on Saturday.

The Cyclones had a lot of positive notes from the win, but one of the biggest wins came at 141 when true freshman Dante Rodriguez upset #13 ranked Michael Morales. Morales had a 6-1 lead over the Cyclone heading to the matches final period, but after a 12 point outburst, Rodriguez came out on top with a 13-10 win. At the time the win pushed the Iowa State lead to 15-7.

The dual started at 184 where Lelund Weatherspoon stunned the West Virginia crowd when he picked up a first period fall to kick Iowa State off to a 6-0 lead. Kyven Gadson followed with a 3-0 win over Jake Smith at 197 to put Iowa State up 9-0.

West Virginia got on the board at heavyweight when Vizcarrondo picked up a 5-4 win over sophomore Quean Smith. At 125 Zeke Moisey followed his teammates performance with a 13-5 major decision over Kyle Larson to cut Iowa State’s lead to 9-7.

The Cyclone would then string together six straight wins to close out the dual including two more bonus point victories. Earl Hall finished off the first half of the dual against Cory Stainbrook at 133. The pair split last year with Stainbrook winning the most recent match at the Big 12 conference tournament. Hall used a takedown and two near fall points to win 4-2.

Following Rodriguez’s upset at 141, Iowa State then got a major decision from #14 Gabe Moreno at 149 10-2 with over four minutes of riding time in his match. Seniors Luke Goettl and Mike Moreno followed with a pair of decisions at 157 and 165 giving Iowa State a 25-7 lead.

Tanner Weatherman then closed things out with a 15-3 major decision at 174 to get back on track following his upset loss in Oklahoma. Weatherman used four takedowns and two near fall scores in route to his bonus victory.

The Cyclones return home for their next dual, which will be against former USA national coach Zeke Jones and the Arizona State Sun Devils. That dual will be Friday night at 7PM and then they will host instate rival UNI on Sunday at 2PM.

ISU 29 – West Virginia 7
184: Lelund Weatherspoon (ISU) fall Bubba Scheffel (OU), 2:52.
197: Kyven Gadson (ISU) dec. Jake A. Smith (WVU), 3-0. (1:32 RT)
285: AJ Vizcarrondo dec. Quean Smith (ISU) (WVU), 5-4.
125: Zeke Moisey (WVU) maj. dec. Kyle Larson (ISU), 13-5. (1:36 RT)
133: Earl Hall (ISU) dec. Cory Stainbrook (WVU), 4-2.
141: Dante Rodriguez (ISU) dec. Michael Morales (WVU), 13-10.
149: Gabe Moreno (ISU) maj. dec. Roman Perryman (WVU), 10-2. (4:22 RT)
157: Luke Goettl (ISU) dec. Brutus Scheffel (WVU), 9-5. (1:08 RT)
165: Michael Moreno (ISU) dec. Ross Renzi (WVU), 4-1. (3:06 RT)
174: Tanner Weatherman (ISU) maj. dec. Parker VonEgidy, 15-3. (3:10 RT)

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