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Three future Cyclones crowned state champs in Iowa

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By Chris Williams, CycloneFanatic.com Publisher The Iowa High School State Wrestling meet is arguably the biggest sporting event in our state each and every year. On Saturday night, inside of the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, three future Cyclones were crowned as state champions.

Starting in class 3A, Urbandale’s Michael Moreno took the gold at 171-pounds by defeating North Scott’s Walt Gillmor, 12-2. Moreno was the state’s 3A runner-up at 160-pounds as a junior and at 152-pounds as a sophomore. Michael is coached by his father and former Cyclone wrestler, Mike Moreno.

Waterloo East prospect Kyven Gadson picked up a 3A championship at 189-pounds. Gadson defeated Des Moines Roosevelt’s Matt Riley, 10-4. This was Gadson’s second-straight state championship. Gadson went undefeated as a junior at 171-pounds. Like Moreno, Gadson is also coached by his father and former Iowa State wrestler, Willie Gadson.

Centerville’s Mikey England was Iowa State’s third state champion on the night, in Class 2A at 171-pounds. England defeated Ballard’s Brock Weatherman (a two-time state champion) in overtime by a 3-1 final. This was England’s first state championship. He finished second at 171-pounds last year, third at 145-pounds as a sophomore and fourth, at 140-pounds as a freshman.

Two other future Cyclones competed in the tournament. In Class 2A, at 189-pounds, Dallas Center-Grimes prospect Trevor Voelker was the runner-up. Voelker finished fifth at the same weight class last year. As a sophomore, he placed sixth at 171-pounds.

In Class 3A, at 119-pounds, West Des Moines Valley’s Brandon Jones finished in fourth place. Jones won the state championship last year at 112-pounds.

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old CycloneNation.com (Scout.com). He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, CycloneReport.com and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.