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Wrestlers Host Missouri, Arizona State, and UNI* For A Sunday Quadrangular

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Jacqueline Cordova

Saturday Afternoon Update: Arizona State has had to withdraw from competition this weekend due to COVID protocols. Iowa State will wrestle Missouri at 4:00PM Central.

Division One wrestling is back in Hilton this weekend as the Cyclones host Missouri, Arizona State, and UNI* in a quadrangular meet that kicks off the main part of a shortened 2021 wrestling season.

*Iowa State won’t wrestle UNI on Sunday but are hosting the Panthers for their duals against Missouri and Arizona State. I don’t know why either.

This isn’t the first time the Cyclone wrestlers will be taking the mat this season. On January 3rd they beat Wartburg 35-6 and then last weekend they took on Loras and Nebraska-Kearney and beat them 40-0 and 36-4, respectively. But those were all lower division teams. In a season where the usual early season open tournaments have all been scrubbed those duals were scheduled to take their place as tune ups. A chance to test out some lineups and shake off rust. But that part of the season is over now. We’re in to duals against Division One opponents and the competition is going to be considerably tougher than it was in early January.

As you probably noticed if you were following along for those first two weekends, the theme of this season is “get as many matches as you can when you can” and even with the difficulty moving up a few notches that’ll still be the case this weekend. Once the varsity duals are finished there will be a dozen or more matches left as the backups from each team face off.

Where: Hilton Colosseum, Ames, IA

When: 2:00PM CST, Sunday, January 17th

TV/Stream: ESPN+

Projected Lineups

Weight ISU Wrestler Record - Missouri Wrestler Record - Arizona State Wrestler Record
Weight ISU Wrestler Record - Missouri Wrestler Record - Arizona State Wrestler Record
125 9/7 Alex Mackall 3-0 vs 19/UR Connor Brown 3-1 vs 4/5 Brandon Courtney 3-0
or Kysen Terukina 3-0 - - - - - -
133 Zach Redding 3-0 vs 17/14 Matt Schmitt 3-1 9/10 Michael McGee 3-0
141 5/4 Ian Parker 3-0 vs 13/11 Allan Hart 4-0 vs Peter Lipari 1-1
149 Cam Robinson 3-0 vs 3/3 Brock Mauller 5-0 vs Cory Crooks 2-1
157 3/3 David Carr 3-0 vs 14/12 Jarrett Jacques 4-0 vs 10/14 Jacori Teemer 2-1
165 Isaac Judge 1-2 vs 13/UR Keegan O'Toole 4-0 vs 5/4 Anthony Valencia 3-0
174 UR/12Julien Broderson 2-1 vs 19/UR Peyton Mocco 4-0 vs 17/20 Trey Munoz 1-0
184 Tate Battani 3-0 vs 19/UR Jeramiah Kent 5-0 vs Cade Belshay 1-1
or 9/11 Sam Colbray 0-0 - - - - - -
197 16/UR Yonger Bastida 3-0 vs 19/UR Rockey Elan 2-0 vs 6/8 Kordell Norfleet 3-0
or UR/17 Marcus Coleman 1-0 - - - - - -
HWT 9/7 Gannon Gremmel 3-0 vs 8/8 Zach Elam 4-1 vs 11/UR Cohlton Schulz 3-0

Key Matchups Against Arizona State

125

In a shortened season like this one every top ten matchup carries extra weight for NCAA seeding. Mackall and Courtney split two close matches last season and whoever wins this rubber match will have an inside track for a high seed in St. Louis.

This one is also carries a little extra intruige because it appears that Kysen Terukina is making a run at stealing the starting spot at this weight from Mackall. I’m assuming that this will still be Mackall’s spot on Sunday but if we do see Terukina and he gets a win over a top five Courtney that would go a long way towards locking him in to the spot.

174

You might have noticed that the rankings don’t know what to do with Broderson. Flowrestling has him ranked #12 while Intermat doesn’t have him ranked at all. We’ll get some clarity on that against Arizona State as he takes on a wrestler that both services have ranked just inside of the top twenty. A win means Flowrestling’s optimism is probably closer to accurate. But a loss means Intermat might have it right leaving him unranked.

197

In his first few matches Yonger Bastida has been able to cover up his inexperience with Folkstyle by being stronger and more athletic than his opponents. But there have been sequences in those matches where it was clear that he still has a long ways to go towards transitioning from Freestyle. Against Norfleet he won’t have the same type of physical advantages and he’s going to have to avoid any lapses in technique if he’s going to come out on top. A loss won’t be the end of the world - March is still two months away and it’s safe to assume that Bastida will progress quickly as the season moves on. But a win would be a huge statement that Yonger is already a contender for the podium.

As with 125 there is a little extra intrigue here as Marcus Coleman is back on the mat and surely looking to take his starting spot back from the transfer. Both wrestlers are listed as possibilities on the lineup card.

HWT

Schultz is a Greco-Roman wunderkind who came in to the college ranks with huge expectations. Gremmel is a veteran looking to end his career with a spot on the podium. Both of them will be facing their first big tests of the season when they take the mat together on Sunday. Just like with 125, this match carries big seeding implications due to the shortened season.

Key Matchups Against Missouri

174

This one is basically identical to the situation against Arizona State. Just like Trey Munoz from ASU, Peyton Mocco is a guy living on the fringe of the top twenty rankings. Broderson can cement himself in the top twenty by going 2-0 on the day or see himself out of the rankings with losses.

HWT

The day will start with a top ten matchup between Mackall and Courtney. And it will end with a top ten matchup between Gremmel and Elam. These two have only wrestled once before. Back in February of 2019 they took each other to overtime and Gremmel ended up on top with a takedown in sudden victory. Whoever gets their hand raised this time around will be on track for a high seed and clear path to the podium in March.

Prediction

Given how few data points we have from all teams involved making a prediction about how these duals will go involves a lot of assumptions and guesswork. I end up with both duals looking like a 5-5 split and it coming down to bonus points. On that I give Arizona State the edge in the opening dual and Iowa State the edge in the closer against Missouri. So I see Iowa State going 1-1 on the day and taking their first loss of the season.

Next Up

The weirdness of this season will continue next weekend as Iowa State will head to Cedar Falls for a dual against Oklahoma on Sunday, January 24th.