Hall wins 133-pound title at Southern Scuffle


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Junior Earl Hall earns a takedown in the first period against Iowa’s Cory Clark. Hall went scoreless for the rest of the 133-pound match losing 8-3 in the Cy-Hawk Series duel which took place on Nov. 29 in Iowa City. The No. 15 Cyclones struggled to secure close matches, falling to rival No. 1 Iowa 28-8.

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Something about tournaments brings out the best in ISU 133-pounder Earl Hall. 

After earning All-America status at last year’s NCAA tournament, Hall landed fourth on the podium at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite on Dec. 6. At the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 2, Hall stood a little taller on the podium. 

The junior took first place at the Southern Scuffle, just one of two place winners for Iowa State and the only wrestler to place first. Hall defeated George DiCamillo, an All-American from Virginia, in the quarterfinals after trailing 8-5, setting up a final showdown with Michigan’s Rossi Bruno. 

Hall went on to defeat Bruno 5-2, earning the 133-pound crown. On his way to the championship, Hall defeated three wrestlers ranked in the top ten. 

At 174 pounds, Tanner Weatherman placed seventh for the Cyclones. All-Americans Michael Moreno and Lelund Weatherspoon did not compete at the tournament due to injury, and 197-pound All-American Kyven Gadson did not compete in the second day of competition. Gadson was upset by Nebraska’s Spencer Johnson in the second session.