DES MOINES, Iowa -- The young Iowa State wrestling team made drastic improvements in 2012-13, finishing in 11th place with 41.5 team points at the 2013 NCAA Championships, which ended Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.
A bulk of Iowa State's team points came from three All-Americans in sophomore Michael Moreno (sixth at 165), sophomore Kyven Gadson (sixth at 197) and Matt Gibson (eighth at 285). The three went a combined 16-9 in the tournament en route to the All-America podium.
ISU started the year 1-3 in duals. But a patient head coach Kevin Jackson rallied his troops and the Cyclones won 10 of their last 12 duals, finishing second at the Big 12 Championships behind No. 2 Oklahoma State.
Iowa State heads into the offseason with much promise, as the Cyclones return eight starters from this year's squad, including two All-Americans and five NCAA-qualifiers.