Iowa wrestlers sitting fourth, Ramos to finals
OKLAHOMA CITY – Iowa senior Tony Ramos will try for a national title for the second consecutive season after winning his semifinal match at 125 pounds Friday at the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Ramos used a five-point move in the final 30 seconds to defeat second-seeded A.J. Schopp of Edinboro, 5-2, but the rest of the Hawkeyes did not fare as well as Iowa sits in fourth place in the team standings with 67 points.
Three-time defending national champion Penn State leads the overall race by a half-point over Minnesota, while Oklahoma State also is in the mix just 3 1/2 points back. The Cowboys also have the most finalists with four.
The Hawkeyes went 6-3 overall during the fourth session and six wrestlers remain for today’s All-American round.
ISU tied for 11th with three All-Americans
For the second straight season, the Iowa State wrestling team will have three All-Americans.
Michael Moreno (165) and Kyven Gadson (197) will be on the podium for the second straight year, while sophomore Earl Hall (125) also will climb the medal stand.
The Cyclones went 5-2 in session four and sit tied for 11th with 35.5 points.
Hall will be one of six unseeded wrestlers to earn All-American honors. He will wrestle for seventh.
Gadson and Moreno are both still alive for third place.
3 UNI wrestlers garner All-American honors
The Panthers will have their most All-Americans since 2002 when Dylan Peters, Joe Colon and Joey Lazor hit the mats today.
Peters (125), Colon (133) and Lazor (141) are alive for third place, but Ryan Loder, Cooper Moore and Cody Caldwell were all knocked out of the tournament earlier in the day.
Today’s early session begins at 10 a.m. to determine third through eighth-place finishes. The championship matches begin at 7 p.m.