Weatherspoon Into The Semis, Cyclones 11th At Midlands

By Brad DePrez - Iowa State University

EVANSTON, Ill. – The Iowa State wrestling team sits in 11th place with 37 team points. The Cyclones' No. 3 Lelund Weatherspoon advanced to the semifinals, while No. 4 Earl Hall, unattached Kanen Storr and Colston DiBlasi remain alive on the backside of the bracket.

ISU's team score was aided heavily in part by DiBlasi's three falls on the day. The redshirt freshman now has 11 pins this year, which ranks first nationally.

The third session of the 54th Midlands Championships will begin at noon tomorrow. Bouts from all six mats can be streamed live on BTN2Go.com.

Second Session
Weatherspoon is into the semifinals behind a 3-0 performance on day one. To reach the final four, the Jackson, Michigan native defeated Boise State's, No. 11 Austin Dewey by 3-2 decision. Iowa's, No. 2 Alex Meyer awaits Weatherspoon in the semifinal match.

Hall, Storr and DiBlasi all went 2-0 in Thursday evening's second session. The trio will wrestle on Friday morning for a shot at the podium.

In his first match of the evening, Hall toppled N.C. State's, No. 10 Sean Fansz by 14-6 major-decision. He advanced again after taking down James Pawelski of Brown, 9-3.

Storr made light work of Pitt's Robert Lee, pinning the Panther in 4:47. In his evening finale, Storr won a barnburner, torching Nebraska's Colton McCrystal 14-13. McCrystal is currently tabbed as the No. 10 wrestler in the country at 141 pounds per Flowrestling.

Two falls made for a quick evening for DiBlasi. He flattened Oregon State's Abraham Rodriguez in 2:58, followed by a 2:40 fall over Wisconsin's Jared Scharenbrock.

First Session
No. 4-seeded Lelund Weatherspoon was the lone Cyclone to reach the quarterfinals. The 2015 Midlands seventh-place finisher went 2-0 in the first session, picking up a win over NDSU's Dylan Urbach, 8-6, and gritting past Idris White of Maryland in sudden-victory, 6-4.

Joining Weatherspoon in the evening session were eight other attached Cyclones, as well as unattached true freshmen No. 15 Ian Parker and Kanen Storr.

Redshirt senior Kyle Larson was pegged as the No. 12 seed at 125 pounds. He picked up a first round win over Central Michigan's Drew Hildenbrandt, 4-2, behind 1:35 of riding time. He was bounced to the consolation ranks after suffering a loss by fall to American's No. 5 Josh Terao.

Competing at 133-pounds with Parker was senior, No. 4 Earl Hall. The Homestead, Florida native was victorious in his first match, dominating Armando Torres with a 13-4 major decision. He was then upset by Lehigh's Luke Karam, 2-1.

In the first round, Parker's match resulted in a 16-0 technical fall loss. The youngster bounced back and rode for 5:19 in his next match to beat Pitt's Ben Ross by 15-3 major-decision. He tacked on another victory with a 5-3 decision against Ben Lamantia of Michigan.

Storr kicked off his first Midlands with a 10-2 major-decision, riding Austin Nash of Purdue for 2:58 in the match. He was then pitted against N.C. State's All-American, No. 2 Kevin Jack. The Wolfpack wrestler took down Storr by 8-0 major-decision.

Redshirt freshman Chase Straw went 2-1 after facing three seeded opponents. After getting beat in the first round, Straw came back to beat No. 8 Collin Purinton of Nebraska, 7-6 and NDSU's, No. 10 Kyl Gliva, 8-3.

After suffering a 14-2 major-decision loss earlier this year, redshirt freshman Colston DiBlasi got payback on Wisconsin's Evan Wick. DiBlasi beat the Badger 7-1 with 3:10 in riding time. In his next match, DiBlasi secured his ninth fall of the season, pinning Lenny Merkin of Princeton in 6:19.

Redshirt junior Dane Pestano tallied a 2-1 record for the morning. In the latter two matches of his three, he put up points in bunches. His first win came at the hands of Grayson Davis of Ohio, 13-5. His second was against Davis' teammate, No. 13 Austin Reese, 9-3.

At 184-pounds, redshirt senior Carson Powell had two first session wins. He churned out a 5-4 decision in tiebreaker-one against NDSU's Tyler McNutt and then put Bob Coleman of Oregon State on his back in 4:47.

Redshirt freshman Marcus Harrington was seeded No. 14 at this year's tournament. In the first round, he notched an 8-2 decision over Sasha Oliinyk of Sacred Heart with 1:38 of riding time. He then suffered a 12-1 loss to No. 3 Aaron Studebaker, sending him to the backside of the bracket.