STILLWATER, Okla. - The No. 20 Iowa State wrestling team (10-5 overall, 2-3 Big 12) split their first two at the Big 12 Duals, defeating Oklahoma, 38-7 before falling to No. 2 Oklahoma State (17-1 overall, 5-0 Big 12) by a score of 27-6.
No. 19 Michael Moreno is off to a tremendous start at the Big 12 Duals, as he won both matches of the opening session, including a 5-2 upset of Oklahoma State's No. 3 Tyler Caldwell. Caldwell, a junior, jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Moreno with a reversal in the second period. However, Moreno quickly turned the tables. The Urbandale, Iowa got a reversal of his own later in the period, as well as two additional back points. Moreno held on to win and improved his season record to 24-7.
He has now won 10 of his last 11 matches dating back to Jan. 11, a 19-15 dual win for the Cyclones at Rutgers. His only loss in that span coming at the hands of Caldwell back on Feb. 3 in Ames.*
Iowa State started the day with a 38-7 victory over the Sooners, aided by four bonus point victories. Moreno and Boaz Beard each got pins to punctuate the Cyclone win.
Ryak Finch ignited the Cyclones to start the dual, with a dominating 8-0 major decision against Oklahoma 125-pounder Kyle Garcia. Finch took control early, jumping to a 7-0 lead in the opening period and went on to get Iowa State a 4-0 dual lead.
Moreno took the mat looking to dominate, as the Cyclones held a 10-7 lead into the bout at 165. The Iowa State 165-pounder held an 11-1 lead through two periods against Oklahoma junior Kyle Detmer. Moreno then took Detmer to his back and got the pin at the 5:44 mark.
Tanner Weatherman then picked up right where Moreno left off against the Sooners' Matt Reed at 174 pounds. Weatherman jumped out to a 6-2 lead after two periods before his offense caught fire in the third. The Huxley, Iowa went on to win by major decision, 14-5.
Kyven Gadson also picked up another victory over a top-15 ranked opponent with a 6-5 decision over Oklahoma State's No. 11 Blake Rosholt in the Cyclones' second dual of the day. The victory was Gadson's 11th straight win and assured him the No. 1 seed at 197 pounds heading into tomorrow's Big 12 Championships.
The Cyclones will be back in action tonight at 7 p.m. to take on West Virginia in Gallagher-Iba Arena.
No. 20 Iowa State 38, Oklahoma 7
125: Ryak Finch (ISU) mdec. Kyle Garcia (OU), 8-0
133: No. 9 Cody Brewer (OU) mdec. John Meeks (ISU), 18-4
141: No. 19 Luke Goettl (ISU) dec. Dalton Dennis (OU), 3-1
149: Max Mayfield (ISU) dec. Dillon Dennis (OU), 4-3
157: Justin DeAngelis (OU) dec. Logan Molina (ISU), 7-6
165: No. 19 Michael Moreno (ISU) WBF over Kyle Detmer (OU), (5:44)
174: No. 20 Tanner Weatherman (ISU) mdec. Matt Reed, 14-5
184: No. 15 Boaz Beard (ISU) WBF over Nolan McBride, (1:22)
197: No. 7 Kyven Gadson (ISU) wins by forfeit
HWT: No. 20 Matt Gibson (ISU) wins by forfeit
No. 2 Oklahoma State 27, No. 20 Iowa State 6
125: Eddie Klimara (OSU) dec. Ryak Finch (ISU), 9-4
133: No. 6 Jon Morrison (OSU) dec. John Meeks (ISU), 9-3
141: Julian Feikert (OSU) dec. RJ Hallman (ISU), 10-4
149: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) WBF over Matt White (ISU), (6:20)
157: Matt White (OSU) dec. Logan Molina (ISU), 8-6
165: No. 19 Michael Moreno (ISU) dec. No. 3 Tyler Caldwell (OSU), 5-2
174: No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. Tanner Weatherman (ISU), 8-1
184: No. 11 Chris Chionuma (OSU) dec. Mikey England (ISU), 7-3
197: No. 7 Kyven Gadson (ISU) dec. No. 11 Blake Rosholt (OSU), 6-5
HWT: No. 2 Alan Gelogaev (OSU) dec. No. 19 Matt Gibson (ISU), 4-1