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Wrestlers Take On The Mountaineers

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Fresh off of a 29-17 win over Rider on Thursday night, the wrestlers are back on the mat at noon today to take on West Virginia in Morgantown.

Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia

When: 12:00PM, Sunday, January 20th

Stream: FloWrestling ($$)

Projected Lineups

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ISU Wrestler Record - Rider Wrestler Record
ISU Wrestler Record - Rider Wrestler Record
Alex Mackall 15-6 vs Joey Thomas 11-11
7/7/7 Austin Gomez 12-2 vs 15/17/11 Matthew Schmitt 11-1
14/18/10 Ian Parker 16-2 vs Caleb Rea 5-5
11/12/10 Jarrett Degen 17-3 vs 16/NR/16 Christian Monserrat 15-4
Chase Straw 11-8 vs Zachary Moore 9-10
Logan Schumacher 13-7 vs 20/20/20 Nick Kiussis 15-5
Marcus Coleman 17-6 vs Josh Ramirez 7-8
19/17/18 Sam Colbray 16-4 vs Jackson Moomau 3-11
6/6/8 Willie Miklus 13-2 vs Noah Adams 10-9
Gannon Gremmel 17-8 vs Brandon Ngati 9-7

*Rankings from Intermat/FloWrestling/TheOpenMat

Key Matchups

133

Last time Austin Gomez took the mat this happened.

That was only the second time Gomez has lost since stepping on campus in Ames and the first time its happened against someone who wasn’t ranked in the top four. He has a top twenty opponent today in Schmitt so its important to see how Gomez bounces back from a disappointing loss. Gomez is favored but if he gets in his traditional first period hole who knows what might happen.

149

The Big XII is extremely deep at 149 pounds, with six wrestlers ranked in the top twenty by Intermat. That means that at the conference championships only the top two seeds won’t have to face a ranked wrestler in the quarterfinals. So far Degen has taken care of business and is undefeated against Big XII opponents and that’s kept him in the running for one of those top seeds. He’ll need to keep that going against Monserrat in the second top twenty matchup of the dual.

The Scale

This will be the fourth time the team will have had to make weight in 11 days. And they’ve been on the road for almost a week at this point so that adds another level of difficulty to the grind that is the January-February dual season. As I mentioned in the Rider preview on Thursday, that makes this a key matchup because the Cyclones are favored in almost every match, but big cuts can wear guys down and have them losing matches that they should win. The grind isn’t going away anytime soon - there’s 7 more meets between now and the end of February. So it’s important to see if the team has their weight managed and that everyone is able to focus on wrestling instead of their cut.

Prediction

The Cyclones are favored in nine of the ten matches but I think given the circumstances the Cyclones probably drop at least one match they should win and walk out of Morgantown with a 26-7 or so victory.

Next Up

The wrestlers will continue their busy January with a dual against Oklahoma on Friday, Jan 25th followed by a trip to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State on Sunday, Jan 27th.