Iowa State wrestling defeats No. 21 Central Michigan 25-12


Tanner Weatherman, redshirt senior, scored with six takedowns at the match against University of Wyoming. Weatherman won his match 18-16. ISU won overall 19-14.

Brian Mozey

After being absent from Hilton Coliseum for nearly a month, No. 17 Iowa State felt the Hilton Magic atmosphere on Sunday, defeating No. 21 Central Michigan 25-12. 

The dual started off with an injury forfeit by Central Michigan in the 125-pound class giving Kyle Larson and Iowa State a 6-0 lead right away. Then, Earl Hall won his match at 133-pound and gave Iowa State an early 9-0 lead.

Central Michigan took advantage of the new wrestlers of Iowa State and came back to tie it in the 141, 149 and 157-pound classes. After intermission, it became electric in Hilton with dominance by Iowa State.

Tanner Weatherman and Dane Pestano each received wins in 165 and 184-pound classes. The upset came in the 174-pound class when Lelund Weatherspoon defeated No. 9 Mike Ottinger with a final score of 8-3. This will help Weatherspoon become a ranked wrestler in his weight class and a qualifier for the NCAA Championship.

To clinch the win for Iowa State was Marcus Harrington, who won his match 11-10 in the 197-pound class. Quean Smith put the cherry on top with a 14-6 win in the heavyweight class. 

Iowa State will hit the road later this week to take on in-state rival Northern Iowa in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Iowa State have three more duals in the month of Feburary before wrestling at the Big 12 Championships on March 5 and 6. The Cyclones will be wrestling the Panthers on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.