NCAA Championships: Running update of day three


Redshirt sophomore Kyven Gadson attempts to get ahold of Pennsylvania’s Micah Burak during the fifth round wrestlebacks at 197 pounds at the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 22, 2013, at Wells Fargo in Des Moines. Gadson defeated Burak, 4-3.

Jake Calhoun

DES MOINES — Three ISU wrestlers took the mats on Saturday to place in the final day of the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

SESSION V (Saturday morning)

UPDATE: 10:48 a.m. — Wrestleback semifinals

Michael Moreno was the first of three Cyclones to take the mat on Saturday as one of three unseeded wrestlers vying for sixth place or better in the tournament.

In the 165-pound semifinals, the redshirt sophomore squared off against No. 3-seeded Peter Yates of Virginia Tech.

The match started with a scramble resulting from an attack by Yates that resulted in the takedown of Moreno, putting him in an early 2-0 hole. A 2-point nearfall, escape and takedown later, Moreno found his hole sink to 6-1.

More back points and two minutes in riding time gave Yates a 9-1 lead after one period.

Yates got another takedown after a failed shot by Moreno ended in a stalemate, widening his riding time advantage to more than three minutes at the end of two periods.

Yates successfully managed to douse Moreno’s flame one with a 12-2 major decision. Moreno will wrestle for fifth place later in the session.

UPDATE: 11:09 a.m. — Wrestleback semifinals

Draped in his father’s old ISU robe, Kyven Gadson came out for his semifinal match against No. 3 Matt Wilps of Pittsburgh at 197 pounds.

Gadson connected on a shot on the edge of the mat after a short scramble, letting Wilps go after 23 seconds after failing to gain control of the arms. Wilps managed a late takedown to take a 3-2 lead at the end of the first period.

Wilps gained the riding time point after riding Gadson out the entire second period to carry his 3-2 lead into the third.

A bad shot by Gadson with one minute to go in the third was countered by Wilps for another takedown. That would put the match away for Wilps, as Gadson would go on to lose 9-3.

Gadson, like Moreno, will wrestle for fifth place later in this session.

UPDATE: 12:33 p.m. — Fifth-place match

After a disappointing loss in the semifinals, Michael Moreno took the mat one more time in hopes of finishing his inaugural NCAA Championships on a high note.

Moreno did so by facing No. 7-seeded Conrad Polz (Illinois) to avenge a 5-2 loss in the second round of the championship bracket on Thursday.

Polz shot immediately at the beginning of the match, managing to take Moreno down after a short scramble.

Moreno quickly flipped Polz to catch him on his back, even though Polz still had control. Polz’s riding time amassed one minute as Moreno was unable to tally any nearfall points.

A lengthy video review gave Moreno the two back points, but gave Polz a 4-2 lead with his reversal that followed. A quick escape notched the score at 4-3 late in the first.

A quick attack by Moreno in the second almost put Polz on his back, but ended outside the ring without established control before the reset.

Polz countered after nearly getting taken down in the third to win 7-5.

Moreno places sixth at 165 pounds.

UPDATE: 1:02 p.m. — Fifth-place match

With Moreno’s tournament having come to an end, Kyven Gadson hoped to end his stand with a fifth-place showing against No. 10-seeded Scott Schiller (Minnesota).

A single-leg by Gadson issued a scramble that resulted in a takedown for Schiller. Schiller rode Gadson for 1:12 riding time advantage at the conclusion of one period.

Gadson found himself in a 4-2 hole after getting tripped up on a single-leg by Schiller at the end of the second period.

Schiller would go on to win 6-2.

Gadson finishes in sixth place at 197 pounds.

UPDATE: 1:08 p.m. — Seventh-place match

Matt Gibson ended the NCAA Championships for the Cyclones with his seventh-place heavyweight match against Odie Delaney of The Citadel.

Gibson got ridden for two minutes before getting pinned with 16 seconds left in the first period.

Gibson places eighth at heavyweight to end the tournament for the Cyclones.