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ISU Wrestlers in Oklahoma for a Pair of Conference Duals

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The 16th ranked wrestlers remain on the road this weekend for matchups against #7 Oklahoma and #5 Oklahoma State.

Iowa State Daily

The Iowa State wrestling team is back on the road this weekend for a pair of duals against top ten teams, taking on the seventh ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Friday evening in Norman and then road tripping to Stillwater on Sunday for a dual against the #5 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Oklahoma Dual

Where: Norman, OK
When: Friday, January 22nd at 7 p.m. CST
TV: Fox College Sports Central

Probable Lineups

Weight Iowa State Wrestler Record - Oklahoma Wrestler Record
125 Kyle Larson 17-9 vs. #11/#12 Ryan Milhoff 9-6
133 #9/#9 Earl Hall 21-5 vs. #4/#3 Cody Brewer 11-2
141 John Meeks 7-7 vs. Trae Blackwell 6-7
149 #20/UR Gabe Moreno 11-6 vs. Davion Jeffries 10-5
157 Logan Breitenbach 8-10 vs. Brock Wingermuehle 6-9
or Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer 15-7 or Shayne Tucker 6-5
165 #10/#12 Tanner Weatherman 21-5 vs. #8/UR Clark Glass 14-6
174 UR/#19 Lelund Weatherspoon 17-7 vs. Matt Reed 11-6
184 Dane Pestano 19-8 vs. Lance Dixon 4-5
or Pat Downey 2-1 - - -
197 Marcus Harrington 4-3 vs. Brad Johnson 11-7
HWT Quean Smith 14-6 vs. #16/#14 Ross Larson 11-8

Rankings from Intermat/Flowrestling

For a full breakdown of records and common opponents check out Wrestlestat's comparison page for the ISU at Oklahoma dual.

Key Matches

141

If Iowa State is going to win this dual they need a win here whether it is Meeks or Rodriguez who gets the call. Additionally, both of them are 0-1 against Big XII competition so far, making it very important that they pick up a win over Blackwell to avoid getting a bottom seed at the Big XII tournament in Kansas City.

149

Just before the Arizona State meet last week one of the coaches tweeted out this video that he'd made for Moreno. The clear takewaway from that is that Moreno is struggling with his confidence right now and could use a morale boost. This weekend sets up well for that with an unranked wrestler on Friday followed by a low ranked wrestler on Sunday. If Moreno can go 2-0 on this weekend that would be a nice bump for him as he prepares for a top ten opponent from Central Michigan next week.

165

Since Midlands the coaches have said that Weatherman has been rejuvenated and refocused as he enters his last few months of wrestling. And he certainly has performed better as a whole. But he hasn't faced any AA caliber opponents either. Against a top ten Clark Glass he has an opportunity to get a marquee win and put himself back into the conversation for a podium finish in March. And from a team perspective, the six point swing from a win at this weight could be the difference between a dual win or loss.

174

Like Moreno, Weatherspoon has been struggling as of late. He needs a win on Friday night to stay ranked and keep hope alive for a seed in New York.

184

Pestano already owns a 3-1 win over Dixon so this would be a good opportunity to see how Downey stacks up against a decent but unranked opponent.

Prediction

With both teams favored in five matches, this dual, like the Arizona State meet last week, is likely to come down to bonus points or an upset. Since the opportunities for bonus points seem pretty even, I look for whoever wins 165 to win the dual 20-15.

Oklahoma State

Where: Stillwater, OK
When: Sunday, January 24th at 2 p.m. CST
TV: Flowrestling (subscription required)

Projected lineups

Weight Iowa State Wrestler Record - Oklahoma State Wrestler Record
125 Kyle Larson 17-9 vs. #5/#5 Eddie Klimara 17-2
133 #9/#9 Earl Hall 21-5 vs. Gary Wayne-Harding 6-5
141 John Meeks 7-7 vs. #1/#1 Dean Heil 15-0
149 #20/UR Gabe Moreno 11-6 vs. #16/#18 Anthony Collica 14-5
157 Logan Breitenbach 8-10 vs. #7/#6 Joe Smith 22-2
or Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer 15-7 - - -
165 #10/#12 Tanner Weatherman 21-5 vs. #1/#1 Alex Deiringer 15-0
174 UR/#19 Lelund Weatherspoon 17-7 vs. #3/#4 Kyle Crutchmer 12-2
184 Dane Pestano 19-8 vs. #19/#17 Nolan Boyd 15-6
or Pat Downey 2-1 - - -
197 Marcus Harrington 4-3 vs. Preston Weigel 9-8
HWT Quean Smith 14-6 vs. #5/#5 Austin Marsden 14-1
or Joe Scanlon - - -

Rankings from Intermat/Flowrestling

For a full breakdown of records and common opponents check out Wrestlestat's comparison page for the ISU at Oklahoma State dual.

Key Matches

149

Moreno is 0-3 career against Collica so this is a big match for Gabe to finally shake off his post shoulder surgery struggles and regain the top ten form he was in at the end of last season as well as position himself for a good seed in Kansas City.

184

Pestano has proven himself very solid this year but hasn't picked up any wins over ranked wrestlers. A low ranked guy like Boyd is the perfect opportunity for Dane to get a small upset and finally push himself in to the rankings as the season approaches its final month. If Downey gets the call then he has an opportunity for a ranked win to show he is a step above Pestano and deserves the starting spot.

Prediction

Even though Oklahoma State is ranked only two spots above Oklahoma in the coaches poll the matchups mean this one is likely to get out of hand. Short of some lucky pins this one is likely to go down as a 7-34 type loss for the Cyclones.

Next up

The Cyclones will be back in Ames next weekend to take on the Central Michigan Chippewas at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 31st