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Pins Lead 16th-Place Cyclones Into Round Of 12

DES MOINES, Iowa – Four Iowa State wrestlers have advanced to the round of 12 at the NCAA Championships. With one win, each Cyclone will be a lock for the All-American podium.

Senior Matt Gibson and sophomore Michael Moreno led the Cyclones in session three, as they each went 4-0, racking up three pins. Gibson avenged a late season 9-1 major decision loss to No. 8 seed Mike McClure, pinning the Michigan State senior in the first period.

Gibson will face No. 11 seed J.T. Felix this evening. Felix is the 2013 Pac-12 Champion at heavyweight. The two have met once previously, Felix defeated Gibson 4-2 at the National Duals in the 2010-11 season.

Michael Moreno rolled through his session three opponents. In his first match, Moreno locked up a cradle on the edge to get the fall over Stanford’s Bret Baumbach. In his second match, Moreno provided one of the highlights of the day locking up a rare move called the “spradle” to get a late second period pin over Ohio State’s Mark Martin.

First-time NCAA qualifier Kyven Gadson went 2-0 in session three to clinch a spot in the round of 12 at 197 this evening. Gadson defeated the No. 12 seed Brett Haynes of Missouri in his first match 6-3 and then took down Rich Perry of Bloomsburg 4-3 in his second match. The Waterloo, Iowa native racked up 3:54 seconds of riding time in his two matches today. 

Gadson faces a familiar foe in Penn’s Micah Burak tonight. The two faced off in the dual between the Cyclones and Quakers back on Jan. 13 in Philadelphia. Gadson was victorious 3-1.

Upset-minded freshman Tanner Weatherman is into the round of 12 tonight as well, despite dropping a 13-5 major decision to No. 2 seed Matt Brown of Penn State in the quarterfinals at 174 pounds today.

Wrestling resumes at 6 p.m. this evening at Wells Fargo Arena. All of session four will be televised lived by ESPNU. 

Match-By-Match Results:

165: Michael Moreno (ISU) WBF Bret Baumbach (Stanford), 3:37

Michael Moreno (ISU) WBF Mark Martin (Ohio State), 4:27

174: No. 2 Matt Brown (Penn State)  maj. dec. Tanner Weatherman (ISU), 13-5

184: No. 11 Mike Larson (Missouri) dec. Boaz Beard (ISU), 2-1

197: No. 6 Kyven Gadson (ISU) dec. Brent Haynes (Missouri), 6-3

Kyven Gadson (ISU) dec. Rich Perry (Bloomsburg), 4-3

285: Matt Gibson (ISU) dec. Evan Knutson (NDSU), 4-2

Matt Gibson (ISU) WBF No. 8 Mike McClure (Michigan State), 1:34


Round of 12 Matchups:

165: Michael Moreno (ISU) vs. No. 12 Tyler Massa (Michigan); no previous meetings

174: Tanner Weatherman (ISU) vs. Cody Walters (Ohio); no previous meetings

197: Kyven Gadson (ISU) vs. Michael Burak (Penn); Gadson won only meeting 3-1

285: Matt Gibson (ISU) vs. J.T. Felix (Boise State); Felix won only meeting 4-2


Team Standings:

1. Penn State – 77.5 (points)

2. Oklahoma State – 65.5

3. Minnesota – 49.5

4. Iowa – 39

5. Missouri – 38.5

6. Cornell – 37

7. Ohio State – 30.5

8t. Edinboro – 27

8t. Nebraska – 27

10. Oregon State – 26

11. Virginia Tech – 23

12. Boise State – 22

13t. Illinois – 22

13t. Oklahoma – 22

16. Iowa State – 20.5

17. Central Michigan – 20

18. Northwestern – 18.5

19. Pittsburgh – 17

20t. Kent State – 13

20t. The Citadel – 13


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