ISU wrestling finds rhythm in session II at NCAA tournament


Junior Earl Hall eyes his opponent during a lull in the action.

Beau Berkley

After five wrestlers were sent to the consolation bracket after the first round, ISU wrestling was able to turn it around and advance five out of seven wrestlers in the tournament. 

Earl Hall put in an impressive second round performance en route to a 11-5 decision victory against Purdue’s Danny Sabatello. Hall will square off against Iowa’s Cory Clark in the quarterfinals. Hall has never beat Clark in any of their three matches. 

Joining Hall in the quarterfinals is two-time All-American Kyven Gadson, who notched a second round pin against Eastern Michigan’s Anthony Abro. Gadson’s 12th pin of the season brings him to a quarterfinal showdown with Iowa’s Nathan Burak, who Gadson beat back in 2012.  

After being upset this morning, Michael Moreno came back strong and scored what would be Iowa State’s third pin of the day against Oregon State’s Seth Thompson to move on in the consolation bracket. Just before Moreno scored his pin, 141-pounder Dante Rodriguez won by fall to advance to the second consolation round. 

Lelund Weatherspoon was able to advance at 184 pounds after he scored a reversal in sudden victory against Bucknell’s Thomas Sleigh. 

Gabe Moreno was eliminated after a medical forfeit in the consolation round as was Tanner Weatherman, who fell by 8-0 major decision to Missouri’s John Eblen. 

The quarterfinals begin Saturday at 10 a.m.