Kyven Gadson will take the mat tonight as the first finalist for Iowa State since Jon Reader. It's Showtime.
Where: St. Louis, MO
When: See schedule below
Gadson should be on the mat sometime between 8:30 and 9. Though some quick pins or overtime matches could push that earlier or later. As with yesterday, you can follow @GrappleCy for mat assignments and results
|Session 6||Finals||Saturday, March 21st; 7PM-10PM CDT
Day 2 recap
The morning session went pretty well for the Cyclones, with Micheal Moreno securing a few pins and Kyven Gadson winning by major decision on his way to the semifinals. But the evening wasn't so kind. In the Round of Twelve Earl Hall lost to 10 seeded Beckman of Lehigh and Micheal Moreno drew an insanely tough opponent in 3 seeded Jordan of Wisconsin and ended up falling on a takedown in overtime. Leaving us with only one All American. But the evening wasn't all bad. Kyven Gadson secured a 4-1 win in the semifinals to earn himself a trip to the finals tonight
Top 25 Team Standings Going In To The Finals
Ohio State has locked up the team title. Iowa State sits in 15th.
|23||North Dakota State||19.5|
Day 3 Preview
The lone remaining Cyclone, Gadson will face off against super freshman Kyle Snyder of Ohio State in the finals at 197. They have faced once before this season, with Gadson coming away with a 3-2 win at the Vegas Invitational in December. But Snyder has made huge strides since then. This is likely to be a very low scoring match with whoever gets the first takedown coming away with a win. Gadson has been trying hard to lock up his trademarked upper body lock to a pin during this tournament. Hopefully he won't go for that against Snyder, as it is a risky move against someone strong and skilled enough to counter.
Prediction: Gadson gets a 3-2 win and finishes his career a champion.
Other Big XII Wrestlers in the Finals
All four of the Big XII wrestling schools will have a representative in tonight's finals
Unseeded true freshman Zeke Moisey has been having a dream tournament at 125, including a smile inducing 52 second pin over Thomas Gilman of Iowa last night in the semifinals. Tonight Moisey will face 4 seeded Nathan Tomasello of Ohio St in the finals.
13 seeded Cody Brewer has also had an amazing tournament at 133, knocking off the 4, 5, and 1 seeds on his way to the finals. In the semifinals last night he absolutely dominated the #1 seed, Chris Dardanes of Minnesota. Tonight Brewer will face 3 seeded Cory Clark of Iowa in the finals.
1 seeded Alex Dieringer has had the tournament he expected at 165, dominating his way through to last nights semifinals before facing his first actual challange against Bo Jordan of Ohio State, who he still dispatched without much trouble. Tonight Dieringer will face 6 seeded Taylor Walsh of Indiana. Walsh is a pinner so despite the difference in skill level this should be a good one. With a win Dieringer will replace Stieber as next year's poster boy for college wrestling.
We'll update the Fantasy Wrestling Pool in the comments tonight. But after that, wrestling coverage will take a break until the 2015-16 season starts up again in November. Thanks for following along this year!
Fantasy Pool Standings Going In To The Finals