Tweak to schedule provided chance to improve for some ISU wrestlers

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Kevin Jackson rebooted the season a little bit last week by adding the UNI Open to the schedule for some of his wrestlers. It appears to have paid off.

Jackson singled out several of his competitors for good performances in Cedar Falls:

“Kyven Gadson had a great tourney and made the finals, but we pulled him when he got a little stiff in the neck/shoulder areas,” Jackson said of his prized sophomore.

“Mike Moreno beat the No. 5-ranked wrestler from Illinois and competed at a much higher level,” Jackson said. “He is starting to make some connections.”

“Logan Molina is making some strong improvements,” Jackson said. “For him, it’s a matter of being more consistent.”

Jackson and his staff huddled after last week’s dual loss at Iowa.

“We focused on the ‘must-win’ positions,” Jackson said of the technical adjustments.

But, he also challenged his troops to simply wrestle hard.

“Just compete with your heart and soul and lay it all on the line,” Jackson urged.

Some steps were taken at the UNI Open last week and that’s a positive sign.

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