DES MOINES, Iowa – The young Iowa State wrestling team made drastic improvements in 2012-13, finishing in 11th place with 41.5 team points at the 2013 NCAA Championships, which ended Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.
A bulk of Iowa State’s team points came from three All-Americans in sophomore Michael Moreno (sixth at 165), sophomore Kyven Gadson (sixth at 197) and Matt Gibson (eighth at 285).* The three went a combined 16-9 in the tournament en route to the All-America podium.
ISU started the year 1-3 in duals. But a patient head coach Kevin Jackson rallied his troops and the Cyclones won 10 of their last 12 duals, finishing second at the Big 12 Championships behind No. 2 Oklahoma State.
Iowa State heads into the offseason with much promise, as the Cyclones return eight starters from this year’s squad, including two All-Americans and five NCAA-qualifiers.
Final Team Standings:
1. Penn State - 123.5 (points)
2. Oklahoma State - 119.5
3. Minnesota - 103.0
4. Iowa - 73.0
5. Cornell - 65.0
6. Ohio State - 59.5
7. Missouri - 56.5
8. Oregon State - 48.5
9. Illinois - 45.5
10. Virginia Tech - 43.5
11. Iowa State - 41.5
12. Oklahoma - 38.5
13. Nebraska - 38.0
14. Edinboro - 37.5
15. Northern Iowa - 34.0