Iowa State defeats Arizona State in return home


Photo: Jonathan Krueger/Iowa State Daily

Redshirt sophomore Kyven Gadson throws down Arizona State’s Jake Meredith, redshirt senior, on Friday, Feb. 1, at Hilton Coliseum. Gadson won his match 9-1 helping the Cyclones clinch a 23-18 victory.

Jake Calhoun

The ISU wrestling team extended its winning streak to five with a 23-18 victory against Arizona State on Friday night at Hilton Coliseum.

The dual was riddled with excitement for the Cyclones (6-3, 1-1 Big 12), headlined by a 9-1 major decision by No. 9 Kyven Gadson against No. 7 Jake Meredith at the 197-pound match.

“I think sometimes people thought I was kidding for the last couple years when I would talk about Kyven Gadson and what his potential was and what he was capable of doing and how great he could possibly be,” said ISU coach Kevin Jackson.

Jackson said Gadson, who sat out the past two seasons (one of which was a redshirt) due to a broken labrum, is at 60 percent health right now and is still making strides to getting back to being completely healthy.

The dual began at 141 pounds, where Luke Goettl fall to Matt Kraus 6-5. Despite earning a point for a stalling call against Kraus late in the third period, Goettl could not secure the takedown for the comeback win.

Goettl fell into a 4-2 hole after getting ridden out for the entire length of the second period, during which he gave up a 3-point nearfall.

“Luke continues to search to find himself a little bit,” said ISU coach Kevin Jackson. “We’re confident that he will, but it’s a struggle right now for him. So the fuse didn’t get lit right away.”

Max Mayfield picked up a win at 149 pounds before a loss by Logan Molina at 157 gave the Sun Devils the lead again after three.

The crowd rose to its feet during the 165-pound match, where No. 20 Michael Moreno pinned Raymond Waters in 2:32.

Going to work right away, Moreno tallied two takedowns before securing Waters into a cradle for the pin that would give Iowa State a 9-6 lead after four.

Tanner Weatherman fed off the energy from Moreno’s match to take an early 8-2 lead after one period against Rush Hall at 174 pounds.

Weatherman didn’t let up en route to securing a 15-4 major decision to tack on four team points for Iowa State.

Mikey England stepped in for Boaz Beard at 184 pounds, competing in a rally against the Sun Devils’ Kevin Radford.

The 184-pound match was an eventful one with two consecutive reversals and a 5-5 tie after the first period. England would go on to lose 10-9 despite a last-second reversal.

Early on in the 197-pound match, Gadson flattened No. 7 Jake Meredith, almost registering a fall but settling for a 3-point nearfall.

A reversal from the bottom position to begin the third period spurred Gadson’s lead to 7-0 before securing another takedown to win by a 9-1 major decision.

Matt Gibson fought hard with No. 15 Levi Cooper at the heavyweight match before falling 5-2.

Ryak Finch secured the victory for the Cyclones, pinning Dalton Miller in the first period of the 125-pound match. Iowa State forfeited at 133 pounds to end the dual with a 23-18 victory.