One ISU wrestler remains in championship hunt at Midlands Championships


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Quean Smith, redshirt junior, wrestles an opponent from University of Wyoming in the 285-pound category on Dec. 12.

Brian Mozey

After session one of the Midlands Championships on Tuesday afternoon, there were four ISU wrestlers that could be crowned champion in their weight classes. 

After the second session Tuesday evening, there’s only one wrestler in contention for a championship for No. 18 Iowa State: Redshirt senior Tanner Weatherman in the 165-pound class.

He advanced to the semifinals of the championship bracket after pinning Iowa’s Patrick Rhoads in less than a minute. 

The other three wrestlers: Lelund Weatherspoon, Earl Hall and Gabe Moreno, all lost in the quarterfinals. Each of these wrestlers will compete in the consolation bracket for third place. 

Iowa State brought 15 wrestlers and after day one, there are only six wrestlers competing. The other two are Quean Smith and Dane Pestano, who are fighting for third place in the consolation bracket. 

The second session this evening saw the elimination of Nathan Boston, Kyle Larson, Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer and Colston DiBlasi. 

Iowa State is in eighth place for team standings with 38.5 points. Iowa leads with 96 points. 

Day two of the Midlands Championships will begin Wednesday with two more rounds left to wrestle. BTN2Go has live coverage on the four mats starting at 12 p.m. The second day will have two sessions in the afternoon and evening just like Tuesday’s schedule.