Iowa State announces its Male Athletes of the Year


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Iowa State’s Kyven Gadson wrestles Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder in the 197-pound NCAA Championship at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. on March 21, 2015. Gadson pinned Snyder in 4:24. David Scrivner / Iowa City Press-Citizen

Luke Manderfeld

Iowa State named ISU track and field middle-distance runner Edward Kemboi and wrestler Kyven Gadson as its co-Male Athletes of the Year on Tuesday. It was the fourth time in the award’s 68-year history that two athletes were named. 

Kemboi won the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 800-meter run for his senior season. The title was the first at the outdoor national meet by a Cyclone since Dmitry Drozdov won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 1996.

Earlier in the year, Kemboi won the Indoor NCAA Championship in the same event, making him the second consecutive runner to sweep the event in the NCAA.  

The Kenyan native owns seven Big 12 titles and is a seven-time All-American. His senior season gave him three of those Big 12 titles.

Kyven Gadson finished his ISU career in the finest of fashions, winning the 197-pound national title at the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Gadson outscored his opponents 38-11 while not surrendering a takedown in the entire tournament.

The three-time All-American grabbed his third Big 12 Championship with a season record of 30-1, including a 13-0 dual mark, in 2015.