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#12 Ranked Wrestlers Head West To Oregon State

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NCAA Wrestling: DI Wrestling Championships Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Last time we saw the wrestlers take the mat they put together one of the best weekends for duals in recent program history as they blanked two conference opponents by a combined score of 100-0. They’ll be looking to keep that momentum going tonight as they head out west to Corvallis to take on the Oregon State Beavers in a late night showdown. This one is unlikely to be a sweep like we saw last weekend as the Beavers bookend their lineup with a pair of returning All Americans at 125 and HWT. But in between those two weights Oregon State hasn’t had a huge amount of success. So the Cyclones should be able to get one more dominating victory in this one before the competition heats up in the final duals of the season against #17 UNI and #5 Missouri.

Where: Corvallis, Oregon

When: 9:00PM CST, Monday, February 11th

Stream: Pac-12 Network

Projected Lineups

Lineups

Weight ISU Wrestler Record Seed # of Allocations at the Weight
Weight ISU Wrestler Record Seed # of Allocations at the Weight
125 #22 Alex Mackall 21-9 5 5
133 #10 Austin Gomez 18-4 2 5
141 #12 Ian Parker 21-5 2 6
149 #11 Jarrett Degen 23-5 3 7
157 Chase Straw 17-10 3 1
165 Logan Schumacher 15-11 US 5
174 #23 Marcus Coleman 24-10 4 4
184 #11 Sam Colbray 23-5 1 4
197 #5 Willie Miklus 19-2 2 7
HWT #26 Gannon Gremmel 24-11 3 6

*Rankings from 1/22/19 Coaches Panel.

Note: Amar Dhesi didn’t have enough matches to be considered for ranking in the last panel but will almost surely be ranked in the top five when the new rankings come out later this week

Key Matchups

157

The door is rapidly closing for Straw to make a move in to the rankings and possibly secure an NCAA allocation. He was unranked in the first coaches panel and though he has gone 3-1 since that was released his one loss was a 7-9 decision to the wrestler ranked #33 out of 33. If he’s going to have any chance at all at moving in to the rankings he needs to get a win here over #28 Willits, take out unranked Paden Moore when ISU goes to UNI next week, and then get an upset over #17 Jarrett Jacques when Missouri comes to Ames to close out the regular season. Straw beat Willits 5-3 in overtime when Oregon State came to Ames for a dual last season. So he is definitely capable of picking up the win here and keep hope of an allocation alive.

165

Somehow our third and fourth string guys at 165 keep getting lucky and getting matched up against a motley collection of backups, redshirts, and walk ons. And that continues against Oregon State as either Schumacher or Mulder will face an opponent with only three wins against D-1 wrestlers and no wins over anyone with a winning record. Whichever of our true freshman gets put out there in Corvallis will have an excellent shot to pick up another win.

Prediction

Oregon State is favored in two matches (125, HWT) and there’s two tossups (157, 165). I think we split the tossups to win seven of the ten matches and take the dual with a score of around 23-11.

Next Up

The Cyclones will host a “Last Chance Open” at Lied Rec Center in Ames on Sunday, Feb 17th. It isn’t clear if any of Iowa State’s starters will participate in that event but it should get heavy attendance from the redshirts and backups. The next dual meet won’t be for another 10 days as the Cyclones head over to Cedar Falls to take on UNI in West Gym at 7:00PM on Thursday, February 21st.