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Wrestlers Close Out Homestand Against Utah Valley

One last dual at home before heading away from Hilton.

When we last saw the Cyclones in action on Friday night, they put together one of the best team dual performances in years in a 47-0 sweep of South Dakota State. Going into this weekend, it was looking like this could be a good meet. Utah Valley has six ranked wrestlers and we were looking at a top ten matchup against #9 Matt Findlay at 141 and a chance for Miklus to pick up another quality against #14 Tanner Orndorff at 197, as well as other ranked on ranked matches at 174, 184, and HWT. But Utah Valley is on their third dual in four days and are looking extremely banged up. On Thursday night in a 16-26 loss to SDSU (Yes, the team that Iowa State just blanked 47-0) they were down eight of their normal starters and on Friday night they were down one more, with only heavyweight Tate Orndorff in the lineup out of their normal squad. So unless they were holding their normal guys back for today this one is likely to get out of hand early.

Where: Hilton Coliseum, Ames, IA

When: 2:00PM, Sunday, February 3rd

TV/Stream: Cyclones.TV / Flowrestling ($$)

Projected 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

Key Matches


In his first match in Hilton, true freshman Zane Mulder picked up a first period pin over Peterson of SDSU. And on Sunday he’ll get a wrestler that Peterson beat 9-5 last Thursday night. This sets up a very realistic possibility that Mulder could go 2-0 during his stint in the lineup this weekend.


It looks like this will be the only ranked on ranked matchup of the dual so it becomes the marquee match by default. So far this season Gremmel has reliably beaten wrestlers outside of the top twenty, and reliably lost to wrestlers in the top twenty. At #9, Orndorff would usually be out of his league. But Orndorff just got pinned on Friday night by unranked Metz of NDSU, who Gremmel beat 7-3 last month. So the dynamics of Iowa State being a team hitting its stride while Utah Valley is limping through this part of the season might play in Gremmel’s favor enough to score an upset.

Everyone Else

Coming off the high of a 47-0 win and facing a team full of backups it’ll be easy to have a letdown performance. For everyone else it’ll just be important to see how they’re able to go out and put on a solid show and avoid giving up any upsets.


If Utah Valley had their full lineup in place this one might have gotten a little interesting. But they don’t, so Iowa State should cruise to another easy win. If Bastain is back in the lineup at 174 then I think it’s a 32-6 win for Iowa State. If he isn’t then I think it’s a 37-3 victory. I will put a caveat in there though - this might be a dual where Dresser gives a couple of backups a chance to wrestle in Hilton and if that’s the case the score might come out differently.

Next Up

The Wrestlers finally get a little bit of a break, with a full eight days off before taking on Oregon State in Corvallis, Oregon at 5:00PM on Monday, February 11th.