The Cyclones will take the mat in Ames for the last time this season on Sunday as they play host to the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Where: Ames, IA
When: Sunday, February 14th at 2 p.m.
|Weight||Iowa State Wrestler||Record||-||West Virginia Wrestler||Record|
|125||Kyle Larson||19-12||vs.||#12/#13/#14 Zeke Moisey||24-8|
|133||#8/#8/#7 Earl Hall||25-6||vs.||Cory Stainbrook||5-9|
|141||Nathan Boston||3-5||vs.||Tony DeAngelo||12-17|
|149||Blayne Briceno||12-8||vs.||Zach Moore||11-11|
|or||Dante Rodriguez||13-5||or||James Dekrone||7-6|
|157||Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer||16-10||vs.||#17/#17/#16 Dylan Cottrell||23-7|
|165||#9/#12/#10 Tanner Weatherman||24-7||vs.||UR/UR/#31 Connor Flynn||13-16|
|174||UR/UR/#20 Lelund Weatherspoon||20-9||vs.||Ross Renzi||4-4|
|184||UR/UR/#26 Dane Pestano||21-11||vs.||UR/UR#27 Bubba Scheffel||15-11|
|197||Marcus Harrington||6-6||vs.||#9/#10/#11 Jake Smith||23-7|
|HWT||UR/UR/#29 Quean Smith||15-8||vs.||AJ Vizcarrondo||12-16|
Boston's late move to 141 means he doesn't have any wins against Big XII opponents. So this match is important for him to have an argument for a decent seed in Kansas City. 0-2 with a loss to DeAngelo and Boston will probably be subject to the luck of the draw. 1-1 with a decision loss to Heil and a win over DeAngelo might be enough to earn him a seed.
If Dane is the guy on Sunday then a win over Scheffel would cement his NCAA allocation. If Downey is the guy then he needs a win for seeding purposes in Kansas City as well as to show he's an improvement over Pestano when the lights are on.
With his spot at #29 in the latest coaches panel, Smith is currently sitting just outside of earning an NCAA allocation for Big XIIs. A win against Vizcarrondo would put him in a good position to sneak up a couple of spots in the ranking and grab an allocation. However, that is easier said than done, as Smith is 0-2 in his career against Vizcarrondo. Including a 12 second pin at Big XIs last March that cost Quean a trip to NCAAs.
I see ISU winning six matches and winning somewhere along the lines of 18-13.
The wrestlers will close out the 2015-16 regular season at Minnesota on Friday, February 19th.