Cyclones take fourth at Cliff Keen Invite


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Red shirt junior Kyven Gadson takes down his opponent. He won the match by decision with a final of 6-4, but the Cyclones fell to the Gophers with a final of 27-12.

Beau Berkley

The ISU wrestling team finished fourth out of 39 teams this afternoon at the Cliff Keen Invite in Las Vegas. The Cyclones were led by two-time All-American Kyven Gadson, who won the 197-pound weight class. 

The Cyclones started the day with four wrestlers in the semi-finals, but the wins weren’t happening. Earl Hall, Gabe Moreno, Michael Moreno and Tanner Weatherman all lost their opening bouts in the semi-final round. Gadson was the only wrestler to win in the first session. 

At 133 pounds, Hall battled back after his semi-final loss and advanced to the third-place match, where he was defeated by Ohio State’s Johnni DiJulius, finishing fourth in the tournament. 

Gabe Moreno scored a 14-3 major decision in his consolation match to advance to the third-place match, where he defeated Nebraska’s Justin Arthur in a 6-1 decision to finish third. Gabe’s brother, Michael, also found himself on the third-place podium spot after pinning Northern Iowa’s Cooper Moore at 165 pounds.

Tanner Weatherman was set to face-off against Minnesota’s Logan Storley in the third place match, but Storley forfeited due to medical reasons, giving Weatherman the win and another third-place finish for Iowa State. 

Gadson finished the tournament strong for Iowa State, winning a close 3-2 decision against Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder in the semi-finals. In the finals at 197 pounds, Gadson was pitted against Minnesota’s Scott Schiller, whom Gadson has faced multiple times during his career as a Cyclone. 

Gadson bested Schiller in three rounds, scoring a 5-3 decision and giving Iowa State enough points to finish fourth in the tournament, which is four places higher than last year’s eighth place finish.