Kyven Gadson bests Scott Schiller, Cyclones fall to No. 1 Golden Gophers


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.

Beau Berkley

The fourth time was a charm for Kyven Gadson.

Moments before the last match at heavyweight ended and No. 1 Minnesota took home a 27-12 dual victory against No. 17 Iowa State, Gadson, the No. 1 197-pounder, had to get something off his chest.

Riding a 29-dual match win streak, Gadson calmly strode out to the center of the mat at Hilton Coliseum and squared off against No. 5 Scott Schiller, the sole source of both blemishes on Gadson’s 22-2 record on the season. Schiller was also the man to put Gadson on the sixth-place spot on the podium at the 2013 NCAA Championships after defeating him 6-2.

The two All-Americans shook hands, the ref blew his whistle and seven minutes later, the past three matches were history. Gadson opened up the scoring with a takedown followed by a Schiller escape, putting the score at 2-1 heading into the second period.

By the end of the second period, Gadson had scored an escape and a takedown to go up 5-1 before Schiller mounted a brief comeback with an escape and takedown. Gadson held him off, though, until the end to score the 6-4 decision victory.

“I did a better job today wrestling for more of the seven minutes than I had in the past and I can still tighten that down a little bit,” Gadson said. “But it’s nice to get a win over a guy that has beat you three times prior.

“I felt more confident in myself, more confident in what I’ve been doing in the room and was ready to carry it out onto the mat.”

Extending the dual win streak to 30, beating Schiller for the first time and improving his record to 23-2 are all things Gadson can hang his hat on. With the post-season tournaments approaching, solidifying his No. 1 seed at the NCAA Tournament and building up even more is what Gadson and ISU coach Kevin Jackson are eyeing.

“I think if he competes the way he’s capable of competing at the Big 12 Championships, he should go into the NCAA Championship as the No. 1 seed, which in the big picture, doesn’t mean a whole lot if you don’t capitalize on that opportunity,” Jackson said.

Fellow All-American Mike Moreno improved his dual record on the season to 25-6, the best record on the team, by defeating Danny Zilverberg 7-3. At 125 pounds, Earl Hall kept the ball rolling from the NWCA National Duals to score a victory by fall in the third period against Sam Brancale.

After a quick double leg takedown and two-point nearfall just 20 seconds into the match, Hall found himself down 8-4 to Brancale. With 24 seconds left in the match, Hall went for it all and threw Brancale to his back, securing the takedown and the pin.

“I think he is the ultimate competitor in that he will try all the way until the end to win,” Jackson said of Hall. “I just think every now and then he has a lapse in positions and you see that in the bottom positions where he just didn’t explode and work hard enough to get out from the bottom.”

As for Hall, he credits his streak to a few tweaks in his diet.

“Way better diet,” Hall said of his changes. “Stay away from junk food and I just got to stay connected for the next few weeks and hopefully get on top of the podium.”