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Iowa State topples Central Michigan

AMES, Iowa -- The No. 17 Iowa State wrestling team (8-5, 1-2 Big 12) defeated No. 21 Central Michigan (6-4, 3-1 MAC), 25-12 in Hilton Coliseum on Sunday afternoon. The Cyclones won the final five bouts of the dual, including a crucial 8-3 upset for 174-pounder Lelund Weatherspoon over No. 9 Mike Ottinger of CMU.

Iowa State vs. Central Michigan

After the first five bouts, Central Michigan held a 12-9 advantage over the Cyclones. Kyle Larson and No. 9 Earl Hall combined for Iowa State's nine points.

To begin the dual, Larson won his match by forfeit, giving the Cyclones a 6-0 lead off the bat. Hall tacked on three more points with a 6-2 victory over Corey Keener, behind 1:01 of riding-time. The senior controlled the match throughout and connected on takedowns in the first and third periods to put the Cyclones up 9-0.

The Chippewas won the next three matches. No. 16 Zach Horan defeated Nathan Boston by 5-2 dec., Justin Oliver pinned Blayne Briceno in 2:53 and No. 8 Lucas Smith fended off a third-period comeback from Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer to win the 157-pound matchup. Rodriguez-Spencer scored three takedowns to just one for Smith, but the CMU senior got a four-point near-fall in the first period that proved to be the difference.

Trailing 12-9 at the intermission, the Cyclones came out of the break on a mission, winning the last five matches of the dual. Tanner Weatherman got things started at 165 pounds, where he controlled his bout with Jordan Atienza from start to finish en route to a 9-3 decision that included 1:54 of riding time.

Up next was the match of the day, as Weatherspoon pulled off his upset of No. 9 Ottinger. The Chippewa senior entered the match with a 21-4 record on the season, but Weatherspoon was dominant. After a scoreless first period, the Jackson, Mich., native, connected on a pair of takedowns in the final minute of the second to lead 4-2. Weatherspoon tacked on an escape and an additional takedown in the final period to win 8-3 with 1:12 of riding time.

At 184 pounds, Dane Pestano trailed CMU's Jordan Ellingwood 1-0 late in the second period before scoring a takedown with 11 seconds on the clock. The Waimanalo, Hawaii, native, added an escape and took Ellingwood down with 18 ticks remaining to lock up a 5-2 decision.

Marcus Harrington secured the Cyclone victory with a fast-paced 11-10 win over Jackson Lewis at 197 pounds. After falling behind 2-0 early, Harrington put up a pair of takedowns and a crucial two-point near-fall in the closing seconds of the second period to lead 8-3. The freshman would then fend off a flurry from Lewis to lock up the dual for Iowa State.

Quean Smith put the exclamation point on the Cyclone win by securing a 14-6 major decision in the closing seconds of his heavyweight bout with Newton Smerchek. With an 11-6 lead and just five seconds remaining, Smerchek was hit for stalling and Smith secured one final takedown with two ticks on the clock to get the bonus-point victory.

Next Up
The Cyclones are back on the road next weekend. They'll head to Cedar Falls to face in-state rival Northern Iowa on Friday Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.

Results:
125: Kyle Larson (ISU) win by forfeit.
133: Earl Hall (ISU) dec. Corey Keener (CMU), 6-2.
141: Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Nathan Boston (ISU), 5-2.
149: Justin Oliver (CMU) fall Blayne Briceno (ISU), 2:53.
157: Lucas Smith (CMU) dec. Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer (ISU), 9-7.
165: Tanner Weatherman (ISU) dec. Jordan Atienza (CMU), 9-3.
174: Lelund Weatherspoon (ISU) dec. Mike Ottinger (CMU), 8-3.
184: Dane Pestano (ISU) dec. Jordan Ellingwood (CMU), 5-2.
197: Marcus Harrington (ISU) dec. Jackson Lewis (CMU), 11-10.
285: Quean Smith (ISU) maj. dec. Newton Smerchek (CMU), 14-6.

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