Cyclones head home for weekend duals


Photo: Huiling Wu/ Iowa State Daily

Matt Gibson grapples with Iowa’s Bobby Telford during the heavyweight match of Iowa State’s 32-3 loss to Iowa on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Jake Calhoun

After a two-day tournament and five duals on the road, the ISU wrestling team is finally coming home.

The Cyclones (5-3, 1-1 Big 12) are gearing up for a dual against Arizona State on Feb. 1 and No. 2 Oklahoma State on Feb. 3, both at Hilton Coliseum.

“I think the guys are looking forward to it; I know I’m looking forward to getting back in Hilton,” said redshirt freshman 174-pounder Tanner Weatherman.

Kyven Gadson, who is ranked No. 9 at 197 pounds by Intermat, will face two higher-ranked wrestlers this weekend.

First, Gadson will face No. 7 Jake Meredith, who is 22-5 this season with 16 major decisions under his belt for the Sun Devils (7-9, 2-1 Pac-12). Gadson will then face No. 6 Blake Rosholt, who is 8-2 this season for the Cowboys (11-0, 2-0 Big 12).

During the Cyclones’ road stint that started with the Midlands Championships in late December, Gadson has gone 9-2 with his only losses coming to No. 8 Taylor Meeks (Oregon State) and No. 2 Matt Wilps (Pittsburgh). Both those losses came at the Midlands, which ended in a fourth-place finish for Gadson.

“The Oregon State match that we lost at the Midlands hurts us because it’s hard to jump over that kid when he’s not wrestling the same caliber competition as we are,” said ISU coach Kevin Jackson in reference to Gadson’s place in the rankings. “So as far as we go up, that kid stays in front of us, to a certain extent.”

Above all, Gadson said he and his teammates have to go into the duals with a mentality of wanting to win, especially against Oklahoma State.

“I think Okie State might overlook us a little bit,” Gadson said. “We went down there last year and they came here, actually, and they beat up on us pretty bad both times.”

Heavyweight Matt Gibson also has both of his matches against ranked foes in No. 15 Levi Cooper and No. 3 Alan Gelogaev. Gibson is 0-1 all time against Cooper with a 4-1 loss in last year’s dual meet.

Gelogaev proves a greater challenge, having tallied a combined score of 22-4 in his two wins against Gibson, both of which came in dual action last season.

Weatherman would have had two ranked opponents this weekend at 174 pounds. However, Michael DeBates of the ISU athletic department said No. 11 Blake Stauffer will not compete for Arizona State this weekend.

Weatherman, who is ranked No. 20 at 174 pounds, still has No. 1 Chris Perry of Oklahoma State on Sunday.

“I wouldn’t say it freaks me out, I’m actually kind of excited for it,” Weatherman said of wrestling the top-ranked wrestler in the country. “I’m not supposed to win — he’s supposed to beat me — so I can go out there and wrestle as hard as I can. Whatever happens happens.”

Iowa State’s dual against Arizona State will begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 and its dual against Oklahoma State will begin at 2 p.m. on Feb. 3.