Iowa State wrestling goes down against Arizona State 25-14

Iowa State senior Earl Hall wrestles Arizona State Jan. 6. The Cyclones hosted Arizona State at Hilton Coliseum for simultaneous gymnastics and wrestling meets, dubbed ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ The gymnastics team defeated the Sun Devils 193.850-191.8, while the wrestling team lost 25-14. 

Ben Visser

Iowa State wrestling started Friday’s dual against Arizona State with a pin and a major decision. But they couldn’t keep the momentum going, losing 25-14 at Hilton Coliseum during the Beauty and the Beast competition.

Markus Simmons at 125 pounds was in a scramble in the opening match in the opening match. He came out on top and put his opponents shoulder blades to the mat to secure the pin.

Then at 133, Earl Hall was able to get a takedown whenever he wanted one. He won his match 14-4.

Everything went downhill from there. John Meeks lost a close one 3-2. Neither wrestler got a takedown in a match riddled with stalling calls.

Chase Straw started strong at 149 pounds, getting out to 4-1 lead. But he struggled to get out from the bottom and eventually lost by technical fall, 19-4.

Colston DiBlasi wrestled in another match that went down to the wire. Each wrestler had an opportunity to get a fall with their funky styles, but in the end DiBlasi lost 4-3 to No. 20 Josh Shields.

In his first action this season, Logan Breitenbach lost by technical fall 18-1 at 165 pounds.

In the marquee matchup of the night, Lelund Weatherspoon lost to Zahid Valencia 5-2. Weatherspoon defended his lead leg like coach Kevin Jackson wanted, but Weatherspoon couldn’t get his offense off against the No. 3 wrestler.

Pat Downey briefly turned things around for the Cyclones. In his return to the mat, Downey dominated his opponent 19-7. By the end of match Downey was cutting his opponent just to get another takedown.

Marcus Harrington had a disappointing match, losing 3-2.

Lastly, Quean Smith wrestled a close match with No. 4 Tanner Hall, but couldn’t get the needed takedown to get the win.