Bonus points carry Cyclones in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ dual victory


Redshirt freshman Tanner Weatherman takes ahold of fellow redshirt freshman Cody Caldwell of Northern Iowa in the 174-pound match during Beauty and the Beast on Feb. 8 at Hilton Coliseum. Weatherman opened the match with a major decision victory of 13-3 to begin the Cyclones’ 23-12 win.

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The ISU wrestling team defeated Northern Iowa 23-12 on Friday night at the school’s bi-annual “Beauty and the Beast” meet, in which the gymnastics team held a meet against Oklahoma simultaneously at Hilton Coliseum.

The dual began at 174 pounds, where No. 20 Tanner Weatherman picked up bonus points with his 13-3 major decision against Cody Caldwell.

In the opening seconds of the 174-pound match, Caldwell became puzzled when he confused the music from the gymnastics meet with a stoppage in action, even though the referee signified that the entire time had been live wrestling.

“Normally there’s no music going on, there’s nothing going on, it’s just us at center mat with a light right on us, so it actually was a little bit distracting,” Weatherman said of having the gymnastics meet going on at the same time. “I noticed the music at one point.”

The match of the night quickly followed, as No. 15 Boaz Beard sought to upset No. 6 Ryan Loder at 184 pounds. A scoreless first period was followed by an escape and a takedown by Loder to take a 3-0 lead.

Beard took multiple shots during the third period, but they all went for naught as Loder walked away with the 6-1 victory.

Kyven Gadson made it look easy against Blaize Cabell in the 197-pound match, tallying a 9-2 lead with 1:59 in riding time to end the first period.

Gadson took no time getting off the mat, securing Cabell’s shoulder blades for a fall at 4:27 to give the Cyclones an early 10-3 lead after three matches.

At heavyweight, Matt Gibson tallied 4:32 in riding time in his 5-1 victory against Blayne Beale. Gibson rode Beale for the entire length of the second period and also notched a reversal in the third to secure the victory.

Ryak Finch piled on 2:48 riding time of his own in his 6-3 victory against Ryan Jaunch at 125 pounds.

The Panthers (8-4, 3-0 WWC) tallied victories at 133 and 141 pounds to close in on Iowa State’s lead 16-9.

Max Mayfield’s 4-1 victory at 149 pounds averted cause for concern for the Cyclones (7-4, 1-2 Big 12), giving them a 19-9 lead with two matches remaining.

The Cyclones secured the victory after the 157-pound match, in which David Bonin failed to secure bonus points for the Panthers to cut the lead to seven. The most points a wrestler can score for his team in a dual meet is six.

Michael Moreno’s 10-1 major decision win against Jarrett Jensen at 165 pounds capped off the dual victory for the Cyclones.