BOISE, Idaho – The Iowa State wrestling team (2-0, 0-0 Big 12) opened the 2014-15 dual season with a bang, picking up two commanding victories against Utah Valley (0-2, 0-0 WWC) and Boise State (1-1, 0-0 PAC 12). The Cyclones won the first matchup against Utah Valley 39-4 and the second against Boise State by a score of 36-8.
Iowa State vs. Utah Valley
In the opening dual, Earl Hall got the Cyclones rolling with a pin in the first period over the Cougar’s Jade Rauser. Hall picked up a quick takedown and turned Rauser to secure the pin.
Hall’s pin was the first of three against the Cougars, as Lelund Weatherspoon (184) and Kyven Gadson (197) also won by fall over their opponents. Weatherspoon had worked to a 9-3 lead in the third period, scoring on a throw and pinning Utah Valley’s Ross Taylor in 6:24 to seal the victory.
Gadson notched his pin in the second period against Derek Thomas in the second period, scoring the fall in 3:39. Gadson got UVU’s Derek Thomas to his back early in the first stanza, but couldn’t establish control. The Waterloo, Iowa, native finished the match on a big turn coming out of a restart in the center of the mat.
Also picking up bonus-point victories on the night, Michael Moreno and Tanner Weatherman picked up a tech-fall and major decision, respectively. Moreno put on an offensive show, scoring on three takedowns and three three-point turns to defeat Dalton Harmon by a final tally of 17-2.
Weatherman picked up an 11-3 major decision over Ethan Smith. Weatherman secured the win on four takedowns and two escapes.
Iowa State vs. Boise State
Hall, Moreno, Weatherman and Gadson each picked up bonus-point victories in the nightcap of today’s action. Hall opened up the dual with a 13-4 tech-fall over Boise State’s Michael Cook. Hall scored six takedowns in an offensive show.
Moreno silenced the Bronco crowd, following a Boise State pin. The Urbandale, Iowa, native answered with a pin of his own, earning the fall over BSU’s Holden Packard in just 1 minute, 53 seconds. Moreno picked up a takedown early in the match and added a turn to seal the win.
Weatherman put points on the board for the second time today, scoring an 18-3 tech-fall over Austin Dewey. Weatherman scored at will, picking up six takedowns and adding a two-point nearfall in the effort.
Gadson added his second pin of the day against Xavier Callejas. The redshirt-senior picked up two points at the buzzer in the first, just missing the opportunity for the fall as time expired. In the second period, Gadson picked up a takedown, sending Callejas straight to his back before scoring the pin.
Also scoring victories for the Cyclones, Gabe Moreno and Lelund Weatherspoon both picked up hard-fought decisions in their respective matches. Quean Smith added a 6-3 victory before Boise State surrendered the 125-pound match.
Iowa State – Utah Valley Match-by-Match
125: Kyle Larson (ISU) vs. Chasen Tolbert (UVU) maj. dec. Kyle Larson (ISU), 9-0.
133: Earl Hall (ISU) WBF Jade Rauser (UVU), x:xx.
141: John Meeks (ISU) dec. Matthew Ontiveros (UVU), 12-9.
149: Gabe Moreno (ISU) dec. Trevor Wilson (UVU), 8-4.
157: Luke Goettl (ISU) dec. Logan Addis (UVU), 7-2.
165: Michael Moreno (ISU) tech-fall Dalton Harmon (UVU), 17-2.
174: Tanner Weatherman (ISU) maj. dec. Ethan Smith (UVU), 11-3.
184: Lelund Weatherspoon (ISU) WBF Ross Taylor (UVU), 6:24
197: Kyven Gadson (ISU) WBF Derek Thomas (UVU), 3:49.
285: Quean Smith (ISU) dec. Jordan Karst (UVU), 5-4
Iowa State – Boise State Match-by-Match
125: Kyle Larson (ISU) FF Carson Kuhn (BSU).
133: Earl Hall (ISU) maj. dec. Michael Cook (BSU), 13-4.
141: Georgan Martinez (BSU) dec. John Meeks (ISU) 9-5, (1:03 RT)
149: Gabe Moreno (ISU) dec. Chris Castillo (BSU), 6-5.
157: Luke Goettl (ISU) vs. Steven Hernandez (BSU) WBF Luke Goettl (ISU), 1:13.
165: Michael Moreno (ISU) WBF Holden Packard (BSU), 1:53.
174: Tanner Weatherman (ISU) tech-fall Austin Dewey (BSU), 18-3.
184: Lelund Weatherspoon (ISU) dec. Cody Dixon (BSU), 3-1.
197: Kyven Gadson (ISU) WBF Xavier Callejas (BSU), 4:45.
285: Quean Smith (ISU) dec. Gaylen Edmo (BSU), 6-3.