Ranked ISU wrestlers

Beau Berkley

Iowa State landed six wrestlers in this week’s Intermat rankings, which will serve as the last rankings before the NCAA releases its seedings for the NCAA tournament. The announcements will begin at noon starting with 125 pounds followed by the next highest weight each subsequent half hour.  

133 pounds: No. 7 Earl Hall

Hall may have taken a small step back, along with several other Cyclones, Saturday at the Big 12 finals. After taking down Oklahoma’s Cody Brewer in the first ten seconds, Brewer stormed back and defeated Hall by decision. It was Hall’s second loss in a row after starting 2015 with an 11-0 record and being ranked No. 2.

141 pounds: No. 17 Dante Rodriguez

Rodriguez has become known for providing fireworks on the mat, displaying his repertoire as a greco-roman wrestler. But Rodriguez could not get anything going Saturday against Oklahoma State’s Dean Heil, who pinned Rodriguez in the 141-pound championship. Despite the mishap against Heil, Rodriguez has likely wrestled his way into a spot at the NCAAs. 

149 pounds: No. 16 Gabe Moreno

It could be argued that no Cyclone had a tougher tournament than Gabe. During his first match of the day, Gabe dislocated his shoulder while wrestling with the lead. He was unable to wrestle in the finals, where he would have wrestled West Virginia’s Roman Perryman, assuming his lead in the first round would have held. 

165 pounds: No. 3 Michael Moreno

Michael made a big splash at the 165-pound weight class two weeks ago when he pinned Wisconsin’s Isaac Jordan, who was crowned as Big Ten champion Sunday. But against Oklahoma State’s Alex Dieringer, Michael couldn’t get anything going. Dieringer, the No. 1 ranked wrestler at 165, displayed why he is worth the rank by defeating Michael by 14-4 major decision. 

174 pounds: No. 11 Tanner Weatherman

Weatherman went the distance with Oklahoma State’s Kyle Crutchmer in the 174-pound Big 12 final, but when it came to criteria, Crutchmer won with eight seconds of riding time. Weatherman had a late takedown attempt near the edge of the mat as the clock ran down in the final overtime, but after a review, the official did not award Weatherman a takedown. 

197 pounds: No. 2 Kyven Gadson

For the third straight time, Gadson was crowned Big 12 Champion. Gadson will likely wrestle as a top seed at the NCAA tournament, and while who he will be wrestling is unknown, he will be a favorite at 197 pounds.