ISU wrestling dominates in first day of Virginia Duals


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Lelund Weatherspoon, redshirt junior, grabs the leg of an opponent at the match against University of Wyoming on Dec. 12.

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No. 18 ISU wrestling traveled to Hampton, Va., this weekend to compete in the Virginia Duals in their first event in 2016.

The Cyclones were the No. 2 seed heading into the two-day event. George Mason and Kent State were the other teams in their pool, and Iowa State dealt with them handily. 

The Cyclones squared off against George Mason to begin the day.

Iowa State won every dual against George Mason except at 157-pounds. Logan Breitenbach lost to No. 18 Greg Flournoy by decision, 9-5.

Iowa State beat George Mason, 39-2.

George Mason quick hits:

  • Gabe Moreno at 149-pounds and Marcus Harrington at 197-pounds both pinned their opponents.
  • John Meeks at 141-pounds, Lelund Weatherspoon at 174-pounds and Dane Pestano at 184-pounds all won by major decision.
  • Tanner Weatherman at 165-pounds won by disqualification. During his match against Blake Roulo, George Mason was deducted a team point.

In the Cyclones’ second dual of the day, they took on Kent State.

The Cyclones, once again, dominated. Iowa State only dropped two matches en route to a 25-9 team score.

Ronaldo Rodriguez-Spencer got disqualified at 157-pounds for the Cyclones against No. 2 Ian Miller. Iowa State was deducted a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Marcus Harrington was the other Cyclone to lose against Kent State, dropping his match 3-2.

Kent State quick hits:

  • Tanner Weatherman and Lelund Weatherspoon both won by major decision.
  • Dane Pestano won 3-1 in overtime.
  • Both Earl Hall at 133-pounds and Gabe Moreno were in trouble late in their matches but pulled them out, 4-3 and 12-10, respectively.

The Cyclones will wrestle Chattanooga in the Gold Bracket tomorrow. Arizona State and Virginia Tech are the other two teams in the Gold Bracket.