ISU wrestling’s Kyven Gadson to wrestle for national title


Redshirt senior Kyven Gadson celebrates his win by fall over Luke Bean of Oklahoma State on Jan. 25.

Beau Berkley

Kyven Gadson is already an All-American, but there’s one more hill he has to climb.

Gadson defeated Dukes Conner Hartmann by 4-1 decision with two minutes and three seconds of riding time. Gadson has turned in several strong performances thus far in the tournament, including one technical fall, one pin and one major decision. 

Facing Gadson will be Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder, who defeated reigning 197-pound national champion J’Den Cox of Missouri to earn his spot in the finals. Gadson and Snyder have met once before back in December at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite, where Gadson bested Snyder by 3-2 decision. 

Gadson will be the lone Cyclone on the the podiums this season. Earl Hall was eliminated in the fourth consolation round by Mason Beckman. Michael Moreno, a two-time All-American, ended his career one match short of becoming a three-time All-American. 

Moreno came back from a two point deficit and got a takedown in the final seconds of the third period to force overtime against Wisconsin’s Isaac Jordan. Jordan would prevail in the end, as he returned the favor and scored a takedown near the end of the overtime period to score an 8-6 decision. 

Gadson will wrestle Snyder on Saturday night. Finals matches begin at 7 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN.