NCAA wrestling: Clark moves on to the finals, Moreno's career ends

Andy Hamilton

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Iowa State senior Michael Moreno's career came to an end with a 7-5 overtime defeat against No. 3 seed Isaac Jordan of Wisconsin in the Round of 12 at 165. Moreno finishes his career as a two-time All-American.

Iowa's Brandon Sorensen clinched his first podium finish with a 9-1 major decision against Virginia Tech's Sal Mastriani at 149.

UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Iowa will have a wrestler in the NCAA finals for the 26th straight year. Cory Clark downed longtime nemesis Jimmy Gulibon of Penn State 7-5 in the semifinals at 133 pounds. Clark gained control of the bout with a second-period takedown and scrambled for another score in the third when it appeared Gulibon might even the score.

UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Stunning start to the semis. West Virginia's Zeke Moisey locked up a cradle and pinned Iowa's Thomas Gilman 52 seconds into the 125-pound bout. The unseeded Mountaineer scored seconds into the match, Gilman escaped and Moisey scored another takedown, hooking up the cradle on the edge of the mat and decking the sixth-seeded Hawkeye. The fall sparked the loudest eruption of the tournament from the crowd inside the Scottrade Center.

UPDATE, 6 p.m.: Team standings entering Session 4: 1. Ohio State 64.5, 2. Iowa 47.5, 3. Missouri 45, 4. Cornell 41.5, 5. Edinboro 40.5.

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Iowa still has seven wrestlers in the tournament after Brandon Sorensen and Bobby Sorensen each won their second consolation bout of the day. Iowa State's Michael Moreno registered his third straight pin in the consolations at 165.

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: Iowa is down to seven wrestlers still in the tournament. Lavion Mayes continued Missouri's hot start to the day with a 9-3 victory that bounced Josh Dziewa from the 141-pound consolation bracket. The Tigers won their first 10 bouts of the day.

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Bobby Telford just picked up his second pin of the tournament in the consolations at heavyweight.

Here's the inventory of who Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa have left in the tournament:


Semifinalists: Thomas Gilman (125), Cory Clark (133), Mike Evans (174)

Consolations: Josh Dziewa (141), Brandon Sorensen (149), Sam Brooks (184), Nathan Burak (197), Bobby Telford (Hwt.)

Iowa State

Semifinalists: Kyven Gadson (197)

Consolations: Earl Hall (133), Michael Moreno (165)

Northern Iowa

Consolations: Cooper Moore (165), Blaize Cabell (Hwt.)

UPDATE, 12:45 p.m.: Iowa State's Kyven Gadson is headed to the semifinals for the first time in his career. The three-time All-American handled Iowa's Nathan Burak 12-2 in the quarterfinals at 197 pounds.

Meanwhile, Ohio State freshman Kyle Snyder capped a 5-0 quarterfinal round for the Buckeyes with a 3-2 win at 197 against Minnesota's Scott Schiller. Ohio State has opened a 20-point lead in the team race over Missouri (64.5-44.5), which moved into second. Iowa is third with 44 points.

UPDATE, 12:30 p.m.: Iowa's unbeaten run today has come to an end. Top-seeded Gabe Dean of Cornell scored a takedown in the final minute and held off No. 9 seed Sam Brooks to win a 3-2 quarterfinal decision at 184 pounds.

Moments after Dean's victory, Ohio State padded its lead when unseeded Kenny Courts moved into the semis with a 7-5 overtime win against Penn State's Matt McCutcheon. Courts placed eighth at the Big Ten Championships. He'll finish no lower than sixth here.

Current team standings: 1. Ohio State 57.5, 2. Iowa 44, 3. Cornell 39.5, 4. Edinboro 38, 5. Missouri 37.

UPDATE, 12:02 p.m.: Iowa has its third All-American. Mike Evans clinched his third podium finish with a 2-1 tiebreaker victory against Minnesota rival Logan Storley in the quarterfinals at 174. Evans escaped in the first 30-second stanza before holding Storley down in the second session.

UPDATE, 12:00 p.m.: Iowa State's Michael Moreno registered his second straight fall in the consolations at 165. He needs two more victories to earn his third All-America finish.

UPDATE, 11:49 a.m.: Ohio State freshman Bo Jordan cranked over Northern Iowa's Cooper Moore for a quarterfinal fall that helped the Buckeyes extend their lead in the team race.

Ohio State now has 50.5 points, 13.5 more than second-place Hawkeyes.

UPDATE, 11:18 a.m.: Iowa's Brandon Sorensen bounced back from a second-round defeat with a win in his first consolation bout. The fourth-seeded freshman beat North Dakota State's Clayton Ream 5-0 at 149 pounds. He'll face Michigan's Alec Pantaleo later in this session.

UPDATE, 11:05 a.m.: Missouri's Lavion Mayes downed Iowa State freshman Dante Rodriguez 6-1 in a 141-pound elimination bout. Mayes will wrestle Iowa's Josh Dziewa later in this session.

UPDATE, 10:47 a.m.: Iowa's Josh Dziewa throttled Minnesota's sixth-seeded Nick Dardanes 18-4 to advance in the consolations at 141 pounds, but Ohio State regained the lead in the team race.

Three-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber registered a technical fall in the quarterfinals at 141 to push the Buckeyes back into the lead with 41.5 points. Iowa is second with 36.5.

UPDATE, 10:31 a.m.: Iowa has moved to the top of the team standings after Cory Clark's 7-1 win in the 133-pound quarterfinals against Iowa State's Earl Hall.

Clark scrambled for a takedown midway through the opening period and cranked Hall over for three near-fall points before time expired in the first.

The win secures All-America status for the Southeast Polk graduate. Clark will wrestle Penn State's Jimmy Gulibon in tonight's semifinals.

Minnesota's Chris Dardanes will wrestle Oklahoma's Cody Brewer in the other semifinal.

The Hawkeyes currently lead the team race with 35 points. Ohio State is second with 31.5.

UPDATE, 10:17 a.m.: Thomas Gilman kicked off Iowa's quarterfinal round with a dramatic comeback victory.

The sixth-seeded sophomore scored a takedown with 16 seconds remaining in regulation to tie Joey Dance and erase a riding-time advantage, and then Gilman slammed the Virginia Tech sophomore to the mat with a bodylock in overtime to win 7-5 at 125 pounds.

Gilman will wrestle surprise semifinalist Zeke Moisey of West Virginia for a spot in Saturday night's title bout. Missouri's Alan Waters takes on Ohio State's Nathan Tomasello in the other semifinal.

UPDATE, 9:55 a.m.: We're about 10 minutes from the start of the quarterfinals here at the Scottrade Center. A dozen teams are within 10 points of first-place Ohio State and five squads have five wrestlers in the quarters.