CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Three members of the Iowa State wrestling team (6-1 overall, 1-0 Big 12) took home hardware at the 2014 Southern Scuffle Thursday night.
No. 2 Kyven Gadson (197), No. 14 Tanner Weatherman (174) and Lelund Weatherspoon (174) each earned a spot on the podium at McKenzie Arena, helping the Cyclones finish eighth in the team race with 71.5 points.
Gadson was the lone Cyclone grappler to wrestle in the finals, as he was pitted against No. 1 Scott Schiller of Minnesota in the 197-pound title bout. The Waterloo native trailed late 4-2 and was unable to get the takedown he needed to tie the match, as he fell 6-3 to the Minnesota All-American.
Gadson is now 14-2 on the season, with his only losses coming at the hands of Schiller. The two All-Americans will have one more head-to-head matchup in the regular season finale, as Iowa State welcomes Minnesota to Hilton Coliseum on Senior Day Feb. 23.
Weatherman and Weatherspoon were pitted against each other in the fifth-place bout at 174 pounds this evening. Head coach Kevin Jackson elected to medical forfeit Weatherman from the bout, giving Weatherspoon fifth-place and Weatherman sixth.
Each team in the tournament was allowed to have 15 wrestlers in the competition field and multiple grapplers at the same weight. The top point scorer at each weight was counted in the team scoring.
Iowa State returns to action Sunday, Jan. 12, as they host Big 12 foe No. 4 Oklahoma (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) in Ames. Wrestling begins at 1 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum.