Ranked ISU wrestlers


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Redshirt senior Tanner Weatherman faces off against Iowa’s Mike Evans. Weatherman went scoreless for two periods before earning four points late in the 174-pound match at the Cy-Hawk Series duel took place on Nov. 29 in Iowa City. The No. 15 Cyclones struggled to secure matches that were close, falling to rival No. 1 Iowa 28-8.

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Six Cyclones cracked InterMat’s weekly rankings Jan. 12. All-Americans Kyven Gadson, Michael Moreno and Earl Hall all made the top 10 of their respective weight classes, with Tanner Weatherman falling to No. 11:

133 pounds: No. 6 Earl Hall

Hall moved up one spot from last week’s No. 7 ranking. The highlight of Hall’s season thus far was winning the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 2, beating three All-Americans along the way. Hall takes on another ranked opponent this Sunday in Virginia Tech’s Kevin Norstrem, who is ranked at No. 17.

149 pounds: No. 15 Gabe Moreno

Moreno moved up one spot this week after beating No. 12 C.J. Cobb from Penn on Sunday. Moreno is no stranger to shocking fans who may think he’s out of a match, best exemplified by his run to the NCAA tournament last year. On Jan. 18, Moreno will face an opponent similar to Cobb — No. 13 Sal Mastriani.

165 pounds: No. 5 Michael Moreno

The elder Moreno hit the mat last Sunday for the first time since December, when he took third at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite. Michael didn’t miss a beat or seem to be hampered by any lingering injuries en route to a second period pin. 

174 pounds: No. 11 Tanner Weatherman

After a disappointing loss to unranked Brad Wukie from Penn on Jan. 11, Weatherman dropped two spots from his No. 9 post. Weatherman’s loss seems to be but a bump in the road, as his only prior losses were to top-10 wrestlers, and ISU wrestling coach Kevin Jackson said he expects Weatherman to come back stronger. 

184 pounds: No. 17 Lelund Weatherspoon

Just like Michael Moreno, Weatherspoon has sat out from competition since December, and just like Moreno, he hit the mat running Jan. 11 and notched a pin for the Cyclones. Weatherspoon was set to wrestle Penn’s No. 5 ranked Lorenzo Thomas, but Thomas did not compete. 

197 pounds: No. 3 Kyven Gadson

The highest ranked Cyclone, Gadson came back from dropping out of the Southern Scuffle to win his match Jan. 11. Gadson is ranked behind Missouri’s J’den Cox and Minnesota’s Scott Schiller, both of whom he has defeated in past matches.