Iowa State, UNI finish day one at the NCAA Tournament

It was a better second session than it was a first session for most wrestlers from UNI and Iowa State.

Better. Not the best.

Leading the way for the Panthers was 165 pounder Cooper Moore. Moore had a great first round win with pinfall over Purdue’s Patrick Robinson.

UNI's Cooper Moore works for the  pinfall against Purdue's Patrick Robinson

UNI’s Cooper Moore works for the pinfall against Purdue’s Patrick Robinson

“He let me in there with double underhooks, and I’m pretty comfortable there.” Moore said of his first match win. “He ended up going right to his back, and I ended the match.”

Moore then took on the four seed in Nicholas Sulzer from Virginia. After an opening takedown by Moore, he lead 2-1 when he was attacking and Sulzer ended up draped over Moore’s back. Moore settled back and got the defensive fall in just 2:19

“At the moment I didn’t (know that was going to happen), I was just working to get my two,” Moore said. “All of a sudden I had the opportunity to stack him up there and that’s what ended up happening.”

Blaize Cabell won his first two matches as well. Taking the first match 3-2 over Illinois Brooks Black. Cabell scored an escape point in the third period to secure the win.

He had a familiar face in the next round, taking on Ty Walz from Virginia Tech. Cabell had already beaten Walz once this year, and would not disappoint again.

“It’s the third time I’ve wrestled the guy. It’s hard to beat a good kid multiple times, but I found a way to get through it,” Cabell said of Walz. “It took me a little while time wear him down but I finally got to him.”

“You feel good about those other two guys that are in the quarterfinals.” UNI head coach Doug Scwhab said after the session was over. “You’re never too satisfied. Not for very long anyway. You have to stay really steady”

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ISU’s Kyven Gadson and UNI’s Basil Minto get ready to wrestle each other

Iowa State also got two men to the quarterfinals. At 133 Earl Hall defeated Eric Montoya from Nebraska 7-4 in his opening round match and then took down Purdue’s Danny Sabatello 11-5. At 197 pounds Kyven Gadson won by tech fall and by pinfall.

“That’s what I’m supposed to do, you can’t really get pressured from that.” Gadson said after his win. “This is probably my last tournament, so it’s just about getting back to what I know how to do and that’s score points and just wrestle.”

Probably the biggest shock – and the most disappointing result of the day – came at 165 pounds. Where #2 Michael Moreno lost a 7-5 decision to Nebraska’s Austin Wilson. The loss hurts that much more because Wilson did not win his next match against Ethan Ramos from North Carolina. Moreno wrestled back and got a fall in 2:34 in the opening round of the consolation bracket.

Dante Rodriguez wrestled back after getting dropped in his first match 4-0 to Lehigh’s Randy Cruz. Rodriguez secured the pinball over Tyler Small of Kent State in 5:56

Now for the bad.

UNI’s Dylan Peters fell out of the tournament, after dropping a 9-5 decision to Wyoming’s Tyler Cox. Cox was the 8 seed, but was sent to the consolation bracket by Jesse Delgado, the defending National Champion. Peters dropped a decision to American’s David Terao 12-10 in the opening round.

“We didn’t take advantage of every second of that match. Even getting put on his back twice he put himself back in that match,” Schwab said of Peter’s first match against Terao. “This is going to burn really hard.”

Basil Minto dropped his second two matches at 197 pounds after winning his opening pigtail match 8-2 over Nathan Rotert from South Dakota State. Minto lost by tech fall to ISU’s Gadson and dropped a 4-1 decision to Ohio’s Phillip Wellington.

Iowa State’s #9 seed Gabe Moreno lost his two matches of the tournament, dropping his first match by decision to Colin Heffeman 5-3. Moreno re-injured his left shoulder during the match, but he finished it. He would then go on to forfeit his wrestle back match.

Tanner Weatherman would also drop two matches on the day. His first was close, a 7-6 decision to Dominic Kastl. He would lose his next match by major decision to Tanner Weatherman, 8-0.

As far as team points go, Iowa State sits in 12th with 13 points. UNI is in a tie for 16th with 9 total points. The complete match results for each team can be found below, as well last the full list of team standings.

Team Scores:
1. Ohio State – 23
2. Iowa – 21
3. Oklahoma State – 19.5
4. Penn State – 18.5
5. Missouri – 18
5. Nebraska – 18
7. Cornell – 17.5
8. Illinois – 16.5
9. Michigan – 15
9. Virginia Tech – 15
11. Minnesota – 14
12. Iowa State – 13
13. Edinboro – 12.5
14. Wisconsin – 10.5
15. Northwestern 10.5
16. Lehigh – 9
16. Northern Iowa – 9
16. Oklahoma – 9
16. Virginia – 9
20. Old Dominion – 8

2015 NCAA Division I Championships Results for Northern Iowa
125 – Dylan Peters (23-7) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – David Terao (American) 39-5 won by decision over Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa) 23-7 (Dec 12-10)
Cons. Round 1 – Tyler Cox (Wyoming) 23-8 won by decision over Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa) 23-7 (Dec 8-5)

165 – Cooper Moore (24-5) place is unknown and scored 6.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Cooper Moore (Northern Iowa) 24-5 won by fall over Patrick Robinson IV (Purdue) 14-19 (Fall 1:37)
Champ. Round 2 – Cooper Moore (Northern Iowa) 24-5 won by fall over Nicholas Sulzer (Virginia) 27-3 (Fall 2:19)

197 – Basil Minto (21-16) place is unknown and scored 1.00 team points.
Prelim – Basil Minto (Northern Iowa) 21-16 won by decision over Nathan Rotert (South Dakota St.) 22-12 (Dec 8-2)
Champ. Round 1 – Kyven Gadson (Iowa St.) 27-1 won by tech fall over Basil Minto (Northern Iowa) 21-16 (TF-1.5 7:00 (19-4))
Cons. Round 1 – Phillip Wellington (Ohio) 24-7 won by decision over Basil Minto (Northern Iowa) 21-16 (Dec 4-1)

285 – Blaize Cabell (28-5) place is unknown and scored 2.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Blaize Cabell (Northern Iowa) 28-5 won by decision over Brooks Black (Illinois) 18-15 (Dec 3-2)
Champ. Round 2 – Blaize Cabell (Northern Iowa) 28-5 won in sudden victory – 1 over Ty Walz (Virginia Tech) 28-8 (SV-1 3-1)

2015 NCAA Division I Championships Results for Iowa St.
133 – Earl Hall (27-6) place is unknown and scored 2.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Earl Hall (Iowa St.) 27-6 won by decision over Eric Montoya (Nebraska) 19-14 (Dec 7-4)
Champ. Round 2 – Earl Hall (Iowa St.) 27-6 won by decision over Danny Sabatello (Purdue) 27-9 (Dec 11-5)

141 – Dante Rodriguez (19-7) place is unknown and scored 2.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Randy Cruz (Lehigh) 20-8 won by decision over Dante Rodriguez (Iowa St.) 19-7 (Dec 4-0)
Cons. Round 1 – Dante Rodriguez (Iowa St.) 19-7 won by fall over Tyler Small (Kent St.) 31-15 (Fall 5:56)

149 – Gabe Moreno (26-8) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Colin Heffernan (Central Mich.) 23-13 won by decision over Gabe Moreno (Iowa St.) 26-8 (Dec 5-3)
Cons. Round 1 – Chris Perez (Princeton) 17-10 won by medical forfeit over Gabe Moreno (Iowa St.) 26-8 (M. For.)

165 – Michael Moreno (23-4) place is unknown and scored 2.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Austin Wilson (Nebraska) 17-15 won by decision over Michael Moreno (Iowa St.) 23-4 (Dec 7-5)
Cons. Round 1 – Michael Moreno (Iowa St.) 23-4 won by fall over Seth Thomas (Oregon St.) 25-15 (Fall 2:34)

174 – Tanner Weatherman (23-10) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Dominic Kastl (Cal Poly) 17-7 won by decision over Tanner Weatherman (Iowa St.) 23-10 (Dec 7-6)
Cons. Round 1 – John Eblen (Missouri) 27-6 won by major decision over Tanner Weatherman (Iowa St.) 23-10 (MD 8-0)

184 – Lelund Weatherspoon (18-6) place is unknown and scored 0.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Nolan Boyd (Oklahoma St.) 27-8 won by decision over Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa St.) 18-6 (Dec 4-3)
Cons. Round 1 – Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa St.) 18-6 won in tie breaker – 1 over Thomas Sleigh (Bucknell) 30-18 (TB-1 3-1)

197 – Kyven Gadson (27-1) place is unknown and scored 5.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Kyven Gadson (Iowa St.) 27-1 won by tech fall over Basil Minto (Northern Iowa) 21-16 (TF-1.5 7:00 (19-4))
Champ. Round 2 – Kyven Gadson (Iowa St.) 27-1 won by fall over Anthony Abro (Eastern Mich.) 25-13 (Fall 4:55)