Wrestling loses in 30-12 blowout against No. 15 Oklahoma


Iowa State redshirt senior Earl Hall wrestles Oklahoma’s Trae Blackwell during The Beauty and The Beast event at Hilton Coliseum Jan. 27. Hall defeated Blackwell 4-0. 

Curran Mclaughlin

Bonus points are an important part of wrestling. It can decide the outcome of close duals.

In Iowa State wrestling’s dual against No. 15 Oklahoma, bonus points turned a loss into a blowout.

In the seven Cyclone losses in Hilton Coliseum on Friday night, five of them included giving up bonus points in the 30-12 loss.

The dual started off at 149 with the return of redshirt senior Gabe Moreno. Moreno had been out since December with a concussion.

Moreno, who started the year at 141, didn’t fare well in his return, giving up a 9-1 major-decision.

Iowa State wouldn’t see the first win until 174 when Lelund Weatherspoon scored a defensive pin against Matt Reed in the second period.

Weatherspoon was down 2-0 and in danger of getting turned over when he used his back to hold Reed to the mat for the quick fall.

Carson Powell followed up with a 5-1 decision to put the dual at 11-9 in Oklahoma’s favor.

Powell was filling in for Patrick Downey who was prepared to wrestle before the meet, but was held out for reported health reasons. Downey is expected to wrestle on Sunday against No. 1 Oklahoma State.

Marcus Harrington and Quean Smith gave up major bonus points in the form of a tech-fall and pin.

Smith started the match out with energy, almost getting heavyweight Ross Larson into a pinning situation, but ended up putting himself in danger twice and getting pinned.

The meet was too far out of reach for the Cyclones then. Out of the last three matches, only Earl Hall won.

Iowa State has a day off before wrestling in Hilton Coliseum again on Sunday, where it will take on No. 1 Oklahoma State at 2 p.m.