Minnesota tops Iowa State 27-12

Ryan Young

Minnesota proved why its the No. 1 team in the nation in its visit to Hilton Coliseum.

The Golden Gophers came to Ames to take on Iowa State in the Cyclones’ last home dual of the season, and came out with a convincing 27-12 win.

Sophomore Earl Hall started things off in dramatic fashion at 125 pounds, when he took on Minnesota’s Sam Brancale. With less than a minute remaining in the duel, Brancale had a two-point lead, and appeared to have the win locked up. However, Hall didn’t give up. With just 20 seconds left on the clock, Hall came up with a pin, giving the Cyclones an early 6-0 lead.

Minnesota responded, however, and went on to win the next four matches, scoring bonus points in three of them. By intermission, Minnesota had a 17-6 lead.

Iowa State won two other matches when All-American Mike Moreno came up with three takedowns and riding time in his match against Minnesota’s Danny Zilverberg, winning 7-3.

Kyven Gadson came up with the other win for the Cyclones at 197 pounds took on No. 5 Scott Schiller. Schiller and No. 1 Gadson have met three times before, however Schiller bested Gadson all three times.

Gadson jumped to a quick lead, and held on to win 6-4 over Schiller. His win Sunday extended his dual win streak to 30, a record for the redshirt junior.

The Cyclones will compete next when they travel to the Big 12 Championships March 8 at Oklahoma.