Iowa State wrestling in third, five wrestlers go to NCAA Championships


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Kyle Larson, redshirt junior, began the wrestling match on Nov. 12 at Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State won 51-0 against Midland University.

Brian Mozey

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Iowa State had a up and down third session in the consolation bracket. Iowa State went down to third place as a team and had five wrestlers punch their ticket to New York City for the NCAA Championships.

Redshirt junior Kyle Larson already qualified for the NCAA Championships last night by placing in the top six for the 125-pound class. Larson wasn’t finished and after losing in the consolation semifinals, he placed fifth in the tournament for 125-pound wrestlers.

Redshirt freshman Logan Breitenbach lost his opportunity to head to the NCAA Championship by losing to Northern Colorado Eleazar De Luca in the consolation semifinals. He would later place sixth in the 157-pound weight class for the Big 12 Wrestling Tournament.

Redshirt sophomore Dane Pestano didn’t punch his ticket quite yet after finishing fourth in the 184-pound weight class at the Big 12 Wrestling Tournament. Pestano still has a chance to go to the NCAA Championships if he’s selected through at large by the NCAA.

Sophomore Pat Downey punched his ticket into the NCAA Championships with a win in the consolation semifinals against Utah Valley Derek Thomas. Overall, he won third place for in the 197-pound weight class.

Redshirt junior Joe Scanlan saw his dream of the NCAA Championships diminish after losing in the consolation semifinals to Utah Valley Dustin Dennison in the heavyweight class. Scanlan earned sixth place in the weight class.

The Big 12 Wrestling Tournament will have one more session for the championship final matches for each weight class. The fourth session will be beginning at 1 p.m. in the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Iowa State will have Earl Hall, Tanner Weatherman and Lelund Weatherspoon wrestling to become Big 12 champions.