Future, current and former Iowa State wrestlers compete at the U.S. Open


Kyven Gadson from Iowa State lifts Minnesota’s Scott Schiller off the ground for a four point takedown. Gadson is wrestling at the Olympic Trials on April 10 in Iowa City, Iowa. 

Trevor Holbrook

Iowa State wrestling sent six athletes to Las Vegas to compete in the 2018 Marine Corps U.S. Open.

Along with the six current Cyclones, two future Iowa State wrestlers — David Carr and Hunter DeJong — competed, too. The Cyclone Regional Training Center had a trio of wrestlers — 61-kg Earl Hall, 97-kg Kyven Gadson and 125-kg Ben Durbin — to Las Vegas, as well.

Junior Freestyle

Austin Gomez breezed through the first four matches at 61-kg, outscoring his opponents 40-0 en route to a 4-0 start. In the semifinals, Gomez ran into Joshua Saunders, but Gomez managed to fend him off, 14-12.

In the finals, Gomez delivered a 14-4 win over Jordan Decatur to finish first.

At 65-kg, Ryan Leisure started off strong before being eliminated. Leisure picked up a 10-0 win and followed it with a 9-6 win. After that, Leisure went 0-2, losing 13-2 and 14-2.

Iowa State fans caught a glimpse of the future in 70-kg David Carr. Carr cruised to the semifinals, winning four matches. In the semifinals, Carr was edged out by Austin O’Connor, 6-5.

In the consolation bracket, Carr finished 1-1 to lock him into fourth place.

Ames native Marcus Coleman lost a tight 11-10 match in his first 79-kg match. Coleman battled back, winning two matches before being eliminated by Travis Stefanik.

Tucker Morrison, also competing at 79-kg, lost both his matches on Friday.

Alec McDowell struggled to get anything going in the 86-kg bracket, losing his two matches in Las Vegas.

Iowa State commit Hunter DeJong lost his initial match 9-7, but the 97-kg wrestler bounced back. After the first loss, DeJong finished 5-1, earning a fifth place finish.

At 125-kg, Gannon Gremmel highlighted Iowa State’s day. Gremmel waltzed to the finals, but he found himself in an 8-0 hole. After falling behind, Gremmel recovered, stringing together 16-straight points for a 16-8 win and a first place finish.

Senior Level

Earl Hall competed at 61-kg. Hall won two matches, 10-0, and lost two matches 4-1 and 8-1.

Kyven Gadson hauled in a third-place finish in Las Vegas at 97-kg. Gadson snagged a 4-1 win to start his weekend, but the former Cyclones dropped a 4-3 loss to follow it up.

Gadson finished his weekend on a high note adding a 6-3 win and a 3-2 win over Nathan Burak.

At 125-kg, Ben Durbin added a 10-0 win to open his weekend. Next, Durbin lost to Adam Coon, 11-0. In the consolation bracket, Durbin was defeated 8-0 to end his weekend.