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The Cyclones close out the home slate with a dual against Big XII foe West Virginia.

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.

Stream: Cyclones.TV

Projected Lineups

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
or Logan Breitenbach 13-11 - - -
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
or Pat Downey 2-2 - - -
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

Rankings from Intermat/Flowrestling/2-11-16 Coaches Panel

Key Matches

141

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.

184

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.

HWT

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.

Prediction

I see ISU winning six matches and winning somewhere along the lines of 18-13.

Next Up

The wrestlers will close out the 2015-16 regular season at Minnesota on Friday, February 19th.