ISU wrestling crowns 3 All-Americans, wins no NCAA titles

197-pound redshirt Junior Kyven Gadson is thrown by his opponent during the dual versus Minnesota at Hilton Coliseum on Feb. 23. The Cyclones fell to the Golden Gophers 12-27. Gadson took his match in a 6-4 decision.

Ryan Young

After competing all weekend at the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City, three ISU wrestlers are walking away with honors.

Redshirt juniors Kyven Gadson and Mike Moreno and sophomore Earl Hall each earned All-American status March 22.

Gadson and Moreno finished the tournament in fourth and fifth place, respectively, while Hall finished eighth. The Cyclones finished 12th overall with 42 team points. Pennsylvania State won the team title with 109.5 points.

Gadson and Moreno, who were both on the podium last year, became the 38 and 39th two-time All-Americans in ISU history. Hall entered the tournament unseeded and was one of just six unseeded wrestlers to earn All-American status this past weekend.

Kyven Gadson

Gadson flew through the early rounds of the tournament, and it looked like he wouldn’t be stopped. The Waterloo, Iowa, native made it to the round of 12 with a perfect 3-0 record.

He then took on an old foe, Scott Schiller of Minnesota. The duo faced off three times during the season, with Gadson the victor in their most recent match.

Gadson found himself up early over Schiller, but he couldn’t hold on to the lead. He ended up losing the match 6-4 and was bounced to the consolation bracket.

The two-time All-American didn’t let the loss slow him down, though. Gadson went on to win his next three matches, winning two of them with pins.

Gadson then found himself in the third-place match, pitted against Schiller once again. He found himself in a hole early and slowly tried to fight his way back.

The comeback wasn’t enough, however, as Gadson lost the match 9-6. He finished the year with a 30-4 record, and picked up his 60th career win during the tournament.

Gadson took to Twitter to share his excitement March 22.

“First, I want to thank God for the opportunities he has blessed me with and the great people he has put in my life!! Love Y’all!”

Gadson and his late father, Willie, became the first father-son duo in ISU history to earn All-American honors twice.

Mike Moreno

Moreno went into the NCAA Championships looking for nothing less than an NCAA title. While he didn’t quite get there, the Urbandale, Iowa native still made it to the podium.

Similar to Gadson, Moreno made it through the first rounds of the tournament without much difficulty. He was sent to the consolation bracket, though, after falling to top-seeded David Taylor of Penn State in the quarterfinal round.

Moreno was able to fight back and ended up finishing in fifth place. He now has a 10-5 all-time record at the NCAA tournament, and finished up the season with a 31-9 mark.

While he didn’t get his title, Moreno was still pleased with what he accomplished and knows that he will have one more chance.

“Wooo! Moving up in the world!” Moreno said via Twitter. “Not what I came for but we got one more year. Next season starts tomorrow. Thanks so much 2 all my supporters.”

Earl Hall

Hall’s route to All-American status was a little more unconventional. Like his teammates, Hall made it to the round of 12 without a loss but was pitted against University of Northern Iowa’s Dylan Peters in the quarterfinals.

Hall and Peters kept it a tight match throughout, but a late escape by Peters forced overtime for the pair. Peters kept the momentum and scored a takedown in the overtime period, taking the match.

Hall then went 1-2 from that point on in the tournament, securing All-American status but finishing in eighth place at 125 pounds.

He became the second 125-pound All-American from Iowa State in school history last weekend, but he knows that his job is far from over.

“If there’s one thing I learned is to NEVER BE CONTENT,” Hall shared via Twitter on March 23. “AA is nice, but to be at the top of the podium at the end of next season? Gotta make it happen.”