ISU wins the Virginia Duals with upset of No. 5 Virginia Tech


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Tanner Weatherman, redshirt senior, helped the Cyclones with 10-9 by dec. on Nov. 29 at Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State fell 33-6 to Iowa.

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After winning its pool Friday, No. 18 ISU wrestling was pitted against Chattanooga in the Gold Bracket to begin the second day on Saturday.

The Cyclones took care of business, winning 22-13 in the semifinals. Earl Hall and Tanner Weatherman both got bonus points for the Cyclones.

Hall, at 133-pounds, won by major decision, 16-4. At 165-pounds, Weatherman pinned his opponent at the 6:36 mark.

ISU wrestling met No. 5 Virginia Tech in the finals of the Virginia Duals. Virginia Tech beat The Cyclones 32-3 in their first matchup.

In the 125-pound match, Kyle Larson lost to No. 3 Joey Dance to open the meet. The Cyclones bounced back strong with a 6-5 decision by 133-pound Earl Hall.

Hall won his match at the buzzer with a reversal. After the match, Virginia Tech was docked a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct to give Iowa State the 3-2 advantage in the team score.

ISU lost its next two matches at 141-pounds and 149-pounds by decision. The Cyclones responded by winning the next three: Logan Breitenbach at 157-pounds, Tanner Weatherman at 165-pounds and Lelund Weatherspoon at 174-pounds.

Weatherspoon won his match by major decision, 12-4, over Cody Hughes to give the Cyclones a 13-8 lead in the team score with three matches remaining.

Dane Pestano dropped his match at 184-pounds, 3-0. Iowa State needed to win one of its next two matches to have a shot at winning the Virginia Duals.

Marcus Harrington at 197-pounds got the job done, beating Austin Gabel by decision, 8-6. Iowa State led Virginia Tech, 16-11, with one match remaining.

Joe Scanlan lost to No. 3 Ty Walz by decision.

The No. 18 Cyclones upset No. 5 Virginia Tech after getting routed by them earlier in the season.

Virginia Duals quick hits:

  • ISU wrestling was the No. 2 seed heading into the tournament.
  • Tanner Weatherman was named Outstanding wrestler.
  • Logan Breitenbach wrestled for Iowa State at 157-pounds after Ronaldo Rodriguez-Spencer threw a punch Friday.