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Olympic Sports

GOLDEN: Kyven Gadson pins his way to an NCAA wrestling title

 Iowa State legacy wrestler Kyven Gadson deployed the word "five" three times in rapid succession and with increasing vigor.

 The subject: the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championships at St. Louis.

 The not-so-hidden meaning behind the stressing of the word "five:" Total, utter domination.

"That’s all really looking forward to is controlling myself and having a good five matches," Gadson said earlier this week. "Five. Five!"

 Mission accomplished. 

 Gadson’s pre-Nationals intensity carried over to the ultimate stage, where he finished off a tour de force tournament with a pin of Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder in 4:24 to clutch gold at 197 pounds. 

 Gadson — who closes his Cyclone career with three all-American honors — won by fall twice, and by technical fall and major decision and decision once each. He was relentless, scoring 35 points to augment the two pins. 



Rob Gray


Rob, an Ames native, joined Cyclone Fanatic in August, 2014 after nearly a decade and a half of working at Iowa's two largest newspapers. He spent 10 years at the Des Moines Register and, after a brief stint in public relations, joined the Cedar Rapids Gazette as an Iowa State correspondent three years ago. Rob specializes in feature stories for CF.