OKLAHOMA CITY – Kyven Gadson tossed his headgear and trudged off the mat in frustration.
Having just suffered a 9-6 decision to Minnesota's Scott Schiller in the 197 third-place match, it will take some time before Gadson can savor a special footnote in Iowa State wrestling history.
Along with his late father, Willie, the two form the first father-son duo of two-time wrestling All-Americans at Iowa State. Gadson's fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division I wrestling championships in Oklahoma City is up two spots from last season.
"I think it's nice, I think it's something me and my dad worked for my whole life," said Gadson, who pinned Chris Penny from Virginia Tech in 3:24 before losing to Schiller. "I think he did a little bit better. He took third and sixth. So he did a little bit better, but I've got another shot."
Iowa State Coach Kevin Jackson believes Gadson will be granted a medical red-shirt and receive a sixth year of eligibility by virtue of the season-ending injury he suffered two years ago as a red-shirt freshman. That would give the junior two more years of eligibility.
Gadson entered nationals as the top-ranked wrestler at 197, but was awarded just a five seed for nationals. The selection committee comes away looking pretty wise after the junior was also defeated in the Friday quarterfinal by the four-seed Schiller (a 6-4 decision).
"If the real Kyven Gadson shows up, everybody's in trouble," Jackson said. "We've got to get that guy to show up. When that guys shows up, it's going to be real fun to watch, and he's going to have fun."
Randall’s other role
Greg Randall moves from the chair to the crowd for part of the year.
The 12-year Boise State head coach has guided 15 All-Americans, including 184-pounder Jacob Swartz, who placed seventh Saturday. His latest champion, however, was his son, Shea, who claimed the Class 5A 106-pound title at the Idaho state wrestling tournament. The 15-year-old sophomore is a two-time state finalist for Borah High School.
Randall said he likes the role of dad and the break from being coach.
“There is something in your belly that is different,” Randall said. “You care so much about him.
“That’s a part of you out there.”
Randall said he arrives about five minutes before the match starts. He loves wrestling and his competing enhances it. You won’t see him being demonstrative, while providing his support.
“I don’t get too excited when he wrestles,” Randall said. “I’ve been there and done that.”
Randall was Iowa’s fifth four-time state champion (1979-82) for Mount Vernon before becoming a three-time All-American and two-time national finalist for the University of Iowa.
Father and son share similarities, including an effective near-arm/far-leg move on top, hip toss and good flexibility.
“He looks like me at that age,” said Randall, who has three children. “You see flashes of yourself.”
- By K.J. Pilcher
Talented trio at 125
All three of the state’s wrestling programs were represented on the awards stand Saturday night.
University of Iowa’s Cory Clark, University of Northern Iowa’s Dylan Peters and Earl Hall of Iowa State all earned All-American honors.
Clark led the way, beating Peters, 8-1, in the fifth-place match. Hall, who was unseeded, beat three seeded foes to finish eighth. Clark (22-4) and Peters (34-7) both beat Hall (21-15) earlier in the tournament.
Expect more. Clark and Peters are red-shirt freshmen and Hall is a sophomore.
“It means there are years to come of Iowa, Iowa State and UNI to produce good lower weight wrestlers,” Clark said. “I feel all three of us can improve. It will be exciting to see where we all go in the future.”-By K.J. Pilcher