ISU wrestling wins nine matches against Central Michigan


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165-pound Michael Moreno throws his opponent, Danny Zilverberg, during the dual against Minnesota on Feb. 23 at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones fell to the Golden Gophers 12-27. Moreno took his match in a 7-3 decision.

Beau Berkley

ISU wrestling didn’t win every match against Central Michigan, but nine out of ten isn’t bad. 

Iowa State (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) took down Central Michigan (1-3, 0-0 MAC) 30-3 on Nov. 20. It didn’t take long for the Cyclones to get rolling, as they took the first two matches of the dual.  

In the fleeting seconds of the first period, 125-pounder Kyle Larson scored the first points of the night with a takedown against Brent Fleetwood. Larson kept the heat on the rest of the match and brought his season record to 6-1 after winning in a 3-1 decision. 

At 133 pounds, Earl Hall was tied 2-2 with Central Michigan’s Tyler Keselring before outlasting Keselring for the 6-4 decision, preserving Hall’s perfect 7-0 start to the season. John Meeks had his hands full at 141 pounds against No. 10 Zach Horan, who defeated Meeks in a 6-1 decision. 

With 12 seconds left in Gabe Moreno’s 141-pound match, Central Michigan’s Colin Heffernan scored an escape to notch the score at 6-6, but Moreno took the 7-6 decision off riding time. 

Luke Goettl continued to put points on the board for the Cyclones, getting a 5-3 decision at 157 pounds and putting the Cyclones up 12-3. Up next came All-American Michael Moreno at 165, who did not disappoint with an 11-3 major decision and giving Iowa State a 16-3 lead. 

Two-time NCAA qualifier Tanner Weatherman echoed Michael Moreno and notched another major decision. At 184 pounds, Lelund Weatherspoon’s match started closer than the previous two, but his 9-2 decision victory did not show that. 

Kyven Gadson at 197 pounds and heavyweight Quean Smith finished off the evening strong for Iowa State, as Gadson scored a major decision and Smith scored a takedown with 45 seconds left in his match to score the decision, giving Iowa State a 30-3.

Iowa State’s dual record now sits at 3-0 overall. The Cyclones next dual comes against Michigan State at 12:00 p.m. on Nov. 23 in East Lansing, Mich.