ISU wrestling in fourth place after Session I


By Brian Mozey/Iowa State Daily

Sophomore Pat Downey gets the takedown against Oklahoma’s Brad Johnson in the preliminary round of the Big 12 Wrestling Championship on March 5. 

Ben Visser

KANSAS CITY MO. – ISU wrestling finished the first session of the Big 12 Championships in fourth place with 31 team points behind Oklahome State, Oklahoma and South Dakota State.

The Cyclones began the day going 2-2 in the preliminary rounds at the Sprint Center Saturday afternoon. Two of the matches went into sudden victory.

Kyle Larson lost his match in sudden victory at 125 pounds, and Nate Boston lost at 141 pounds 4-2.

John Meeks won his first match of the year at 149 pounds in sudden victory. Pat Downey won his match at 197 pounds 8-5. His opponent didn’t record a takedown.

After a 30 minute intermission the 133-pound Earl Hall got things started for Iowa State winning 6-5 with a takedown as time expired.

At 157 pounds Logan Breitenbach lost by major decision 14-3, and John Meeks at 149 pounds lost 1-0.

Tanner Weatherman was down 5-0 at the end of the first at 165 pounds. In the third period Weatherman scored eight points to get the 11-8 victory.

At 174 pounds Lelund Weatherspoon won 5-3 and Dane Pestano at 184 pounds won by decision 3-1.

Pat Downey was tied 1-1 going into the third period against No. 1 seeded Jake Smith of West Virginia. Smith was called for stalling and Downey got a last second takedown to win 4-1 bringing the Iowa State crowd to their feet.

Joe Scanlan filled in for Quean Smith at heavyweight and lost by major decision 9-0.