The Cyclones put on a good show Friday night as the Arizona State Sun Devils came into Hilton Coliseum and took a beating as Iowa State moved to 9-2 and won eight of ten bouts.

The dual opened at 157 where ASU struck first with a 6-2 decision from Oliver Pierce over Luke Goettl, giving the Sun Devils a 3-0 lead. Pierce was the #17 recruit two years ago and transferred into ASU from Big 12 rival Oklahoma this year.

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Cyclone Gabe Moreno upset #9 ranked Christian Pagdilao of Arizona State to close the dual out tonight. Photo from


Iowa State responded with bonus at 165 when senior Mike Moreno picked up a 12-4 major decision over Jacen Petersen to the Cyclones their first lead 4-3. Then at 174 Tanner Weatherman picked up a 4-1 win over Ray Waters to push the lead to 7-3. For Weatherman it gave him his second straight victory after coming off a previous stretch where he had lost three of four matches.

At 184 one of ASU’s ranked wrestlers picked up a win over Lelund Weatherspoon, 4-2. Weatherspoon was riding a five match winning streak prior to last night’s match.

Iowa State then got back on track as they registered three straight decisions at 197, 285, and 125 from Kyven Gadson, Quean Smith and Kyle Larson respectively. The three straight decisions gave ISU a 16-6 lead.

All-American Earl Hall continued his strong season with a 17-2 technical fall over Minnesota transfer Judson Preskitt at 133. Hall has extended his winning streak to 11 matches now, and has not lost in the 2015 year.

Following a narrow 12-10 decision from Dante Rodriguez over Dalton Brady at 141, Gabe Moreno sealed the deal with one of the matches feature bouts on the line. The younger Moreno pulled the upset over his top ten ranked opponent in Christian Pagdilao 9-8 which pushed the final score to 27-6 and the win.

Up next for the Cyclones, Doug Schwab and the UNI Panthers come to town. Last year Schwab pulled the upset over the Cyclones, so you can bet coach Jackson and the squad will be looking for vengeance.

Iowa State 27 – Arizona State 6
157: Oliver Pierce (ASU) dec. Luke Goettl (ISU), 6-2
165: Michael Moreno (ISU) maj. dec. Jacen Petersen (ASU), 12-4
174: Tanner Weatherman (ISU) dec. Ray Waters (ASU), 4-1
184: Blake Stauffer (ASU) dec. Lelund Weatherspoon (ISU), 4-2
197: Kyven Gadson (ISU) dec. Josh DaSilveira (ASU), 12-7
HWT: Quean Smith (ISU) dec. Chace Eskam (ASU), 6-3
125: Kyle Larson (ISU) dec. Ares Carpio (ASU), 2-1
133: Earl Hall (ISU) tech. fall Judson Preskitt (ASU), 17-2 (6:20)
141: Dante Rodriguez (ISU) dec. Dalton Brady (ASU), 12-10
149: Gabe Moreno (ISU) dec. Christian Pagdilao (ASU), 9-8

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle