Gadson, Gomez and Gremmel compete for spots on the U.S. World Team


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Iowa State’s Kyven Gadson celebrates his pin on Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder in the 2015 197-pound NCAA Championship. Gadson is set to face Snyder for a spot on the 2019 US World Team at Final X. David Scrivner / Iowa City Press-Citizen

Trevor Holbrook

After having Friday off, Cyclone wrestlers Austin Gomez and Gannon Gremmel had to win two of three to be on the U.S. Junior World Team.

Meanwhile, former Cyclone Kyven Gadson and the rest of the senior level wrestlers began their challenge tournament with the finals occurring on Sunday.

Gomez faced future Cornell wrestler Vitali Arujau. In the first match, Arujau dominated the first period, mounting an 8-0 lead.

In the second period, Gomez rebounded. Gomez totaled 11 second-period points, including a pair of four-point scores.

Gomez avoided a big first-period hole in the second match, building a 9-2 lead. In the second period, Gomez secured the match and his place on the Junior World Team by outscoring Arujau 6-2, pushing the final score to 15-4.

Gremmel was pitted against future Minnesota Gopher Gable Steveson. Steveson knocked off Gremmel in two matches and outscored the Cyclone 20-0.

In the senior level bracket, Gadson faced former in-state wrestler Blaize Cabell who was a three-time NCAA qualifier for Northern Iowa.

Gadson opened up a 4-0 lead and finished Cabell off with a pin in the first period.

To close Gadson’s first day, he was pitted against former Virginia Tech wrestler Ty Walz. 

Gadson started with a 6-0 lead in the first period and tacked on four more points to end the match.

Tomorrow’s senior level two-of-three 97-kilogram match will feature Gadson and former Oklahoma State Cowboy Austin Schafer.