FARGO, N.D. -- All-American Kyven Gadson wasted no time this evening to clinch Iowa State's (6-1 overall, 1-0 Big 12) 22-13 win over North Dakota State (2-3 overall, 0-0 WWC), as he pinned NDSU's Colt Castlebury 1:25 seconds into their match at 197 pounds.
The Cyclones led 16-9 in the dual heading into the 197-pound bout. Gadson, ranked No. 2 by InterMat, improved to 9-1 overall this season and 6-0 in duals with his first period win by fall. He has now won 21 straight dual matches dating back to Nov. 25, 2012. The Waterloo, Iowa, native's pin was his third of the season.
Redshirt freshman Gabe Moreno was dominate from start to finish in a 12-2 major decision over NDSU's Clayton Cathey. The Urbandale, Iowa, native racked up 2:25 of riding time in the match. Moreno, fresh off a 7th-place finish at the Cliff Keen Invite a week ago, improved to 11-7 overall and 2-4 in dual competition with the win.
Senior Boaz Beard made his return to the Cyclone lineup tonight after sitting out the entire season up to this point with an elbow injury. Beard defeated NDSU's Kurtis Julson 2-1 to pickup his first win of the season.
174-pounder Tanner Weatherman came out on top in a back-and-forth match with No. 17 Hayden Zillmer of NDSU. He defeated Zillmer 7-5 in the second sudden victory period after notching two points on a textbook single leg takedown on the edge of the mat with 26 seconds left. The Huxley, Iowa, native is now 15-5 for his career in dual meets.
Fans at the Bison Sports Arena were treated to a top-six showdown at 165 pounds, as No. 5 Michael Moreno and No. 6 Steven Monk squared off. Moreno held a 2-1 advantage late with riding time in his favor, but Monk pulled off a five-point move in the final minute to earn the 6-2 win.
Iowa State returns to action Jan. 1-2, as it heads to the Southern Scuffle for the first time in school history in Chattanooga, Tenn. 135 NCAA-qualifiers and 34 All-Americans are slated to take the mat in the annual holiday tournament.
125: No. 20 Earl Hall (ISU) dec. Hunter Weber (NDSU), 5-3
133: Justin LaValle (NDSU) dec. Dakota Bauer (ISU), 8-3
141: Gabe Moreno (ISU) maj. dec. Clayton Cathey (NDSU), 12-2 (2:25 RT)
149: Tyler Diamond (NDSU) dec. Luke Goettl (ISU), 4-0
157: Logan Molina (ISU) dec. Nick Olejnik (NDSU), 8-4 (1:19 RT)
165: No. 6 Steven Monk (NDSU) dec. No. 5 Michael Moreno (ISU), 6-2
174: Tanner Weatherman (ISU) dec. No. 17 Hayden Zillmer (NDSU), 7-5 (SV-2)
184: No. 9 Boaz Beard (ISU) dec. Kurtis Julson (NDSU), 2-1
197: No. 2 Kyven Gadson (ISU) wbf Colt Castlebury (NDSU), 1:25
285: Evan Knutson (NDSU) maj. dec. Ben Perna (ISU), 12-3