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Wrestling: Iowa State drops dual against Wyoming, 19-15


This news story was published on November 27, 2016.
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logo_iowa_state_cyclonesLARAMIE, WYOMING – The Iowa State wrestling team (1-3, 1-3 Big 12) was topped by Wyoming (1-1, 1-0 Big 12), 19-15. The Cyclones went 5-5 on the day, but the Cowboys’ two bonus-point decisions were the difference in this dual.

After five matches, the Cardinal and Gold trailed 10-6. A pair of redshirt seniors, No. 10 Lelund Weatherspoon and Carson Powell, picked up victories for the Cyclones.

Weatherspoon took on Wyoming’s Kyle Pope at 174-pounds. He jumped out to a quick lead, scoring two takedowns in the first, but Pope knotted it up 4-4 heading to the second. The 2016 All-American added two takedowns in the second and scored a pair of escapes to take this match, 10-7.

At 184-pounds, Powell picked up his first dual victory since 2013. He knocked off Luke Paine by 6-0 decision. The Ankeny, Iowa, native scored on two takedowns, an escape and 3:04 in riding time.

Wins from redshirt freshmen Markus Simmons and redshirt senior, No. 5 Earl Hall put the Cyclones back on top, 12-10.

In his Cyclone debut, Simmons defeated Gunnar Woodburn by 13-7 decision. The Broken Arrow, Okla., native scored on a pair of takedowns and rode hard on top, picking up a four-point and a two-point near-fall. A reversal in the third and 2:18 of riding-time solidified his first Iowa State dual victory.

Hall gave ISU the lead with a 10-4 decision over Drew Templeman. He scored on three takedowns, a two-point near-fall, an escape and 1:24 of riding-time.

After a fall from Bryce Meredith at 141-pounds and a victory at 149-pounds, the Cowboys’ 19-12 lead was insurmountable with only one match remaining.

Redshirt freshmen Colston DiBlasi stretched his record on this road trip to 2-0 when he beat Archie Colgan by 5-3 decision. DiBlasi jumped out to a quick lead with a takedown and two-point near-fall in the first and cruised to victory, adding a late escape.

Match of the Night: 125 Pounds
Markus Simmons was victorious in his first dual appearance. He showed off his high-flying offense and his dominance on top with a 13-7 decision.

Next Up
The Cyclones will be back in action next weekend. They’ll head to Las Vegas on Dec. 2-3 to take on the field at the 2016 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

ISU vs. WYO Match-by-Match
165: Branson Ashworth (WYO) dec. Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer (ISU), 3-0.
174: Lelund Weatherspoon (ISU) dec. Kyle Pope (WYO), 10-7.
184: Carson Powell (ISU) dec. Luke Paine (WYO), 6-0. (3:04 RT)
197: Cody Vigoren (WYO) maj. dec. Joe Teague (ISU), 9-0.
285: Brandon Tribble (WYO) dec. Quean Smith (ISU), 4-3.
125: Markus Simmons (ISU) dec. Gunnar Woodburn (WYO), 13-7. (2:18 RT)
133: Earl Hall (ISU) dec. Drew Templeman (WYO), 10-4. (1:24 RT)
141: Bryce Meredith (WYO) fall Gabe Moreno (ISU), 4:10.
149: Cole Mendenhall (WYO) dec. Chase Straw (ISU), 9-4.
157: Colston DiBlasi (ISU) dec. Archie Colgan (WYO), 5-3.

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