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Wrestlers close out the dual season at home against Minnesota

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The Cyclone wrestlers will be taking the home mat for the last time today as they host Minnesota for Senior Night. Additionally they’ll be competing for the first time since it leaked that Kevin Dresser is likely to be at Iowa State next season and beyond. There isn’t a whole lot riding on this dual - nobody is on the edge of qualification and there’s only one ranked matchup - so hopefully the team can put the turbulent season behind them and send the seniors out on a high note.

Where: Hilton Colosseum, Ames, IA

When: 2:00PM Sunday, February 19th

TV/Stream: Mediacom/Cyclones.TV

Projected Lineups:

Minn.csv

Weight ISU Wrestler Record - Minnesota Wrestler Record
Weight ISU Wrestler Record - Minnesota Wrestler Record
125 Kyle Larson 10-11 vs. Ethan Lizak 6/6/7 20-5
133 Earl Hall 10/13/10 19-8 vs. Mitch McKee 20/15/17 17-13
141 John Meeks 7-11 vs. Tommy Thorn 10/14/11 14-4
149 Gabe Moreno 5-8 vs. Carson Brolsma 6-10
157 Colston DiBlasi 22-14 vs. Jake Short 8/12/8 19-10
165 Logan Breitenbach 4-8 vs. Nick Wanzek 11/17/18 22-9
174 Lelund Weatherspoon 10/8/10 20-8 vs. Chris Pfarr 15-11
184 Carson Powell 12-12 vs. Bobby Steveson 10-14
197 Marcus Harrington 5-8 vs. Brett Pfarr 2/2/2 23-1
HWT Quean Smith 7-9 vs. Micheal Kroels 8/7/8 23-7

Key Matches:

133

The only ranked matchup of the dual. Hall really needs to pick up a win here to ensure that he gets a seed at NCAAs and an easier path to reaching the podium. If he loses this he might be staring down a very early matchup with someone in the top three or four in St. Louis.

149/184

In what is likely to be a lopsided dual these two weights are opportunities for an ISU wrestler who is having an average season to take advantage of a matchup against a Minnesota wrestler who is having a bad one. If ISU is going to keep this dual at least somewhat respectable these weights need to be wins.

165

The Breitenbach Horror Tour continues at 165. Since Breitenbach took over for Dane Pestano at this weight he’s had the following opponents (Coaches Panel ranking listed)

  • #7 Anthony Valencia (Arizona St.)
  • #8 Chandler Rogers (Oklahoma St.)
  • #9 Te`Shan Campbell (Pittsburgh)
  • #11 Bryce Steiert (UNI)
  • #12 Dylan Cottrell (West Virginia)
  • #13 Yoanse Mejias (Oklahoma)

Only Jack Clark from North Carolina has been unranked. And up today is #15 Nicholas Wanzek. Seriously Jackson, why do you hate Logan Breitenbach so much?

HWT

Go ahead and try that lateral drop Quean. There’s nothing to lose here so you might as well go out swinging. I won’t even care if you pin yourself.

Prediction

Next Up

NCAA allocations will be announced on Thursday. Once those are available we’ll take a look at everybody’s chances of earning a trip to St. Louis.