Iowa State wrestling can’t complete upset against No. 24 Pittsburgh


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Red shirt senior Lelund Weatherspoon unconventionally pins his opponent, Oklahoma’s Matt Reed, as he is held in an arm lock 4:48 into the match.

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Iowa State wrestling moved into double digits in the loss column after failing to complete an upset over No. 24 Pittsburgh on the road, losing 22-15.

Iowa State dropped to 1-10 on the season.

The Cyclones started the night on a low note with No. 11 Earl Hall dropping a close match to No. 8 Dom Forys at 133 pounds, followed by a loss by decision at 141.

Iowa State fired back with Gabe Moreno scoring a quick pin in 1:25, tying up the dual at six.

Pitt answered back with a fall at 157 and a major-decision at 165.

The remaining five matches saw both teams trading decisions, starting with No. 10 Lelund Weatherspoon fending off an upset with a 2-1 victory.

Iowa State is still missing 2016 All-American Pat Downey at 184, his replacement Carson Powell lost 4-0 to Zach Bruce.

Marcus Harrington picked up a win over John Rizzo. Harrington has a nice roll going heading towards the Big 12 tournament.

Down 19-12, Iowa State would need the last two matches and bonus points.

Quean Smith stepped onto the mat for a heavyweight matchup against No. 20 Ryan Solomon.

The two men slowly battled it out for three periods, but Solomon’s speed proved to be the deciding factor picking up the 3-2 win over Smith and the dual win for No. 24 Pittsburgh.

Iowa State heads to Morgantown, West Virginia on Sunday to wrestle West Virginia at 1 p.m.