NORMAN, Okla. – The Iowa State wrestling team (1-3, 0-1 Big 12) got a technical fall from redshirt freshman Tanner Weatherman against Oklahoma’s Matt Reed, but the Cyclones fell to the No. 14 Sooners (4-3, 1-1 Big 12), 19-15.
"I was really happy with the way Tanner Weatherman wrestled," Iowa State head coach Kevin Jackson said. "He beat (Reed) at Midlands but he didn’t major him. He picked up some big points for us tonight. We were very close to winning our first Big 12 dual in awhile and we just came up short. We have to win the close matches."
Before Weatherman’s match, the Cyclones had fallen into a 13-0 hole early against the Sooners. However, the Huxley, Iowa native turned the tide of the dual, dominating the match from start to finish en route to a 20-5 technical fall and five team points for the Cyclones.
Mikey England and Kyven Gadson followed Weatherman’s lead at 184 and 197 pounds, respectively. England, wrestling up a weight from his usual spot at 174, defeated Greg Wilson by a score of 10-5. Gadson was able to get an extra bonus point for the Cyclones with a 10-2 major decision over Oklahoma’s Brad Johnson.
The Cyclones also got a win from No. 19 Ryak Finch at 125 pounds. Finch came out on top in a 2-0 decision against Kyle Garcia. The Stafford, Ariz. native did all the little things right to pull out the victory, including riding Garcia the entire second period. Finch was wrestling in his first match since a medical forfeit in a Dec. 16 dual against North Dakota State.
The Cyclones will be back in action on Friday to take on Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. at 6 p.m. CST.
125: No. 19 Ryak Finch (ISU) dec. Kyle Garcia (OU), 2-0
133: No. 10 Cody Brewer (OU) dec. John Meeks (ISU), 6-2
141: No. 1 Kendric Maple (OU) mdec. No. 15 Luke Goettl (ISU), 12-0
149: No. 11 Nick Lester (OU) dec. Max Mayfield (ISU), 6-4
157: No. 14 Matt Lester (OU) dec. Logan Molina (ISU), 6-4
165: No. 4 Bubby Graham (OU) dec. No. 20 Mike Moreno (ISU), 6-4
174: Tanner Weatherman (ISU) tech. fall Matt Reed (OU), 20-5 (5:23)
184: Mikey England (ISU) dec. Greg Wilson (OU), 10-5
197: No. 11 Kyven Gadson (ISU) mdec. Brad Johnson (OU) 10-2
285: Keldrick Hall (OU) dec. Cole Shafer (ISU), 4-3