Ranked ISU wrestlers


Redshirt senior Kyven Gadson wrestles with Luke Bean during Iowa State’s match against Oklahoma State on Jan. 25.

Beau Berkley

After a victory against Oklahoma on Jan. 31, six ISU wrestlers remain ranked in Intermat’s latest polls. All-American Earl Hall jumped from No. 6 to No. 4 after pinning Oklahoma’s Cody Brewer, who was previously ranked No. 2. 

133: No. 4 Earl Hall

Coming from the Olympic Training Center, everybody around ISU wrestling knew Hall had fantastic upside, but the transition to folkstyle may have plagued him at times. It appears that those times are in the past, as Hall has been an absolute terror for opponents. His undefeated streak in 2015 is 9-0 after a pin against the No. 2 wrestler at 133, a feat he accomplished in the first period. 

149: No. 14 Gabe Moreno

Gabe Moreno has put in two solid performance in the past two weeks. First, a 7-2 decision victory against Oklahoma State’s Davey Dolan and a 9-4 decision victory at Oklahoma with 2:43 of riding time. 

165: No. 4 Michael Moreno

The elder Moreno is having his best season as a Cyclone thus far, boasting a 19-2 overall record with his only losses coming to No. 6 Taylor Walsh of Indiana and No. 1 Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State. Michael Moreno has a win against No. 7 Nick Moore from Iowa and a pin against No. 12 Cooper Moore from Northern Iowa. Michael Moreno will get another shot at a signature win in a few weeks against Wisconsin’s No. 3 Isaac Jordan. 

174: No. 11 Tanner Weatherman

Weatherman has been in a sort of rut as of late. After losing to unranked Brad Wukie from Penn, Weatherman downed Zach Epperly from Virginia Tech. He has since been on the losing end of two close conference matches. The rut is a shallow one, however, as Weatherman does have a third place finish at the Cliff Keen Invite and seventh place finish at the Southern Scuffle under his belt this season. 

184: No. 15 Lelund Weatherspoon

If the past two duals are any indication of how the Big 12 Championship will go, then Weatherspoon could be poised to repeat as champion at 184. He’s earned victories against both Oklahoma schools, including one major decision, and a match Feb. 7 against West Virginia may serve as a gauge for the conference tournament. 

197: No. 2 Kyven Gadson

Gadson appears to be a man on a mission. After losing to Spencer Johnson, an unattached wrestler from Nebraska, Gadson has won four matches in a row, two by way of major decision and two by fall. On paper, Gadson’s toughest opponent between now and the Big 12 Tournament is No. 9 Timmy McCall from Wisconsin.