Reader wins 100th, Cyclones compete at Midlands

Jake Calhoun

Jon Reader joined good company on Wednesday afternoon.

The senior 174-pounder became the 36th wrestler in ISU history to reach the milestone of 100 career victories after a 9-3 decision over Northern Iowa’s Jarion Beets in his second match at the Midlands Championships.

Reader, who earned a No. 1 seed in the 174-pound bracket of the tournament, was just one of four Cyclones to reach the quarterfinals heading into the evening of the two-day tournament in Evanston, Ill.

Chris Spangler found his way to the quarterfinals after pulling off an upset of No. 3 Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma.

Spangler, who has played second fiddle to Andrew Sorenson at 165 pounds, notched a takedown with 16 seconds remaining in the third period to win by a 2-1 decision. Sorenson did not compete in order to nurse a recurring ankle injury.

Success continued to come for Spangler as he knocked off 11th-ranked Ethan Headlee of Pittsburgh to move on to Thursday’s competition in the championship bracket.

Chris Drouin, 141 pounds, and Nate Carr Jr., 149 pounds, were the other two Cyclones to advance to the quarterfinals in their respective weight classes.

In the quarterfinals, Drouin defeated Iowa’s Mark Ballweg by a sudden victory decision of 5-3, avenging his 3-1 upset loss in the Dec. 3 dual meet in Iowa City to advance to the semifinals.

Carr Jr. was the only Cyclone to fall in the quarterfinals, losing to Minnesota’s Dylan Ness, a true freshman, in a 4-2 decision.

Michael Moreno, who is wrestling unattached at 165 pounds, and Matt Gibson, heavyweight, are the only two Cyclones alive in the consolation brackets and will be wrestling tomorrow to place in their respective weight classes.

The Cyclones, who haven’t wrestled since their Dec. 3 dual loss to intrastate rival Iowa, ended day one in fifth place in the team standings with 49 points. Lehigh is currently in the lead with 65.