ISU finishes Big 12 Championships with one champion


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Lelund Weatherspoon, redshirt junior, won 8-3 against Mike Ottinger from Central Michigan on Jan. 31. Weatherspoon’s riding time was 1:12. He placed fifth in the NCAA Championships.

Ben Visser

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Iowa State had three guys wrestling in the finals of the Big 12 Championship. The 174-pound Lelund Weatherspoon was the only ISU wrestler to walk out of the Sprint Center a Big 12 Champion on Sunday afternoon.

ISU wrestling finished in third place overall with 87 points. Oklahoma State finished in first with 161 points and Oklahoma finished with 100.

Earl Hall started the action for the Cyclones in the finals at 133 pounds. Hall was wrestling defending national champion Cody Brewer of Oklahoma.

Hall started off strong getting a takedown. However, when Hall went for his patented gator roll, Hall put himself on his back, leading to four back points for Brewer.

Hall tried to claw his way back but fell short losing 12-7. Hall finished second in the Big 12 Championships.

At 165 pounds, Tanner Weatherman wrestled two-time national champion and three-time Big 12 champion Alex Dieringer. Dieringer won 4-2. He began the match by getting a takedown and riding Weatherman hard until Weatherman got an escape to make the score 2-1.

That was the last takedown for either wrestler in the match. Both Dieringer and Weatherman got escapes to begin the second and third periods and Dieringer got a point of riding time.

When Weatherman and Dieringer wrestled early this year, Dieringer won by major decision.

Lelund Weatherspoon at 174 pounds was wrestling No. 1 seed Chandler Rogers of Oklahoma State in the final.

Weatherspoon got an upper-body takedown right after the whistle blew the first period. That upper-body takedown set the tone for the rest of the match.

Weatherspoon kept going back to the upper-body takedown and it kept working, scoring three more takedowns.

Weatherspoon won 8-5 en route to his second Big 12 Championship.