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Wrestling: Collegiate Duals Preview

Cyclones Set For Rematches of Last Season’s Best Duals

Syndication: The Ames Tribune Nirmalendu Majumdar / USA TODAY NETWORK

WHAT: Collegiate Duals

WHERE: Nashville, Tennessee

WHEN: Monday, December 18th

Pitt – 2 PM

Little Rock – 4 PM

Cornell – 6 PM

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Iowa State wrestling gets back to action Monday in Nashville at the Collegiate Duals. This is the third year for this event — which is formatted a little different than the past. This year there are two pools, each with teams from 4 different conferences. Matchups are set and the pools do not cross bracket. Think of it as a bowl series for wrestling. This event allows programs to seek out specific high level matchups.

Monday Pool: #3 Cornell, #7 Iowa State, #15 Pitt, Little Rock

Tuesday Pool: #2 NC State, #9 Ohio State, #27 UNI, Lock Haven

Teams wrestle everyone in their group of 4. That means Iowa State will wrestle Pitt (2 PM), Little Rock (4 PM), and Cornell (6 PM). Pitt had a rough start to their season, dropping a dual to Navy, but righted the ship last weekend with a win over then #5 Ohio State. Little Rock is not in the dual rankings, but the young team is starting to get things off the ground. Perennial Ivy League favorite Cornell is ranked 3rd, setting up an incredible rematch of last year’s instant classic dual at this event. Monday is slated to feature 20 ranked matches. Now let’s take a look at the competition.

Pittsburgh

Iowa State starts action Monday against the red hot Pitt Panthers. The Cyclones lead the all-time series 6-3, including a barnburner road win last season. This season’s Pitt team has a lot of familiar faces from last season, plus some young hammers. The Panthers have 8 ranked wrestlers, all between #8 and #18. They’ve got depth, but are only favored at 174 and 197. Iowa State will host Pitt in Hilton Coliseum later in the season.

Projected Matchups

Individual rankings from FloWrestling. Iowa State listed first.

125: #21 Kysen Terukina or Ethan Perryman vs. Colton Camacho

  • Camacho is alright. In his last outing he picked up one of his best wins ever against Ohio State’s Brendan McCrone. But Kysen Terukina is still the favorite. This could be an important get-right match for the Cyclone.

133: #9 Evan Frost vs. #16 Vince Santaniello

  • This is a big battle between redshirt freshman. I’d lean Frost, but Santaniello certainly has the stuff to pull off the upset here.

141: #10 Anthony Echemendia or Zach Redding vs. #11 Cole Matthews

*KEY MATCHUP*

  • Matthews spent a lot of last season ranked #1, but had a rough NCAA tournament and start to this season. He righted the ship, beating CKLV champ Jesse Mendez in his last outing. This is a contrast of styles. The number one knock on Matthews is that he keeps matches too close. His bread and butter is winning one takedown matches. Echemendia loves to light up the scoreboard. Pitt needs this one to win the dual.

149: #7 Casey Swiderski vs. #18 Finn Solomon

  • After redshirting at NC State last year, Solomon was a good pickup for Pitt in the transfer portal. I expect a lot of points in this one. Both these guys put up double digits against All-American Dylan D’Emilio, but came up a few points short. This is another one I think Pitt needs to steal the dual.

157: Cody Chittum or Jason Kraisser vs. Jared Keslar

  • Kraisser won this 8-5 in a fun one last season. It’d be good to see Chittum score bonus points if he gets the match.

165: #2 David Carr or Connor Euton vs. #8 Holden Heller

  • Heller has a lot of tricks up his sleeve and held Carr to a 7-3 match last season. He’s undefeated this year and has really improved his resume since last time these two met. With that being said, I still expect Carr to win comfortably.

174: #30 MJ Gaitan vs. #18 Luca Augastine

  • Augustine was a national qualifier as a redshirt freshman last season and won the first meeting between these two 6-4. A win for Gaitan could go a long ways in earning and NCAA allocation.

184: #3 Will Feldkamp or Caleb Helgeson vs. #15 Reece Heller

  • Feldkamp picked up a quick first period pin over Heller early last season. It’ll be interesting to see how Pitt gameplans for Feldkamp this time around. Heller just majored All-American Gavin Hoffman.

197: #30 Julien Broderson or Nando Villaescusa vs. #14 Mac Stout

  • I’m not sure what to think of Iowa State’s 197 situation. Stout is having a solid freshman campaign. He looked good against Ohio State. He’s only got quality losses.

285: #3 Yonger Bastida vs. #8 Dayton Pitzer

  • Pitzer had a phenomenal redshirt year which included wins over All-Americans Cohlton Schultz and Trent Hillger. This season his only loss is to Grady Griess, who Bastida teched at CKLV. Pitzer is on the smaller side of the heavyweight spectrum. I like Bastida to continue his momentum.

Prediction

Iowa State 22, Pittsburgh 9

Little Rock

Iowa State will be taking on the Trojans of Little Rock to kick off the Collegiate Duals. This program is in just their 5th year of existence, but they’re starting to accumulate some pieces. Early results this season have earned 5 wrestlers spots in the rankings, most notably Stephen Little. The U20 Freestyle National Champion is #4 at 197. Nasir Bailey at 133 was the #21 overall recruit in the class of 2023. Score Prediction: 32-7

Projected Matchups

Individual rankings from FloWrestling. Iowa State listed first.

125: #21 Kysen Terukina or Ethan Perryman vs. Jeremiah Reno

133: #9 Evan Frost vs. #29 Nasir Bailey *KEY MATCHUP*

141: #10 Anthony Echemendia or Zach Redding vs. Brennan Van Hoecke

149: #7 Casey Swiderski vs. Jake Adams

157: Cody Chittum or Jason Kraisser vs. #24 Matt Bianchi

165: #2 David Carr or Connor Euton vs. Brendon Abdon

174: #30 MJ Gaitan vs. #32 Tyler Brennan

184: #3 Will Feldkamp or Caleb Helgeson vs. Triston Wills

197: #30 Julien Broderson or Nando Villaescusa vs. #4 Stephen Little

285: #3 Yonger Bastida vs. #26 Josiah Hill

Cornell

Cornell has been one of the best programs in the country this century. The Big Red have 18 top ten finishes at NCAAs since 2000. Once again they have a loaded dual lineup, checking in at #3 in both the FloWrestling and InterMat dual rankings. I’ve got them favored at 125, 133, 157 and 197. Iowa State is favored at 141, 149, 174 and 285. 165 and 184 are massive swing matches where Iowa State will need their All-American seniors to step up. Should be a great dual from start to finish!

Projected Matchups

Individual rankings from FloWrestling. Iowa State listed first.

125: #21 Kysen Terukina or Ethan Perryman vs. #6 Brett Ungar

  • Yes, Corey Cabanban got the upset win in this spot last season, but Ungar is coming off a CKLV finals run. It’d be a great time for Kysen Terukina to get back on track.

133: #9 Evan Frost vs. #2 Vito Arujau

  • Cornell will be heavily favored with Vito Arujau at this spot. He’s the reigning NCAA and World Champion. He’s the #5 Pound for Pound wrestler in the country. But he did take a loss to a redshirt freshman in his only tournament so far this season. Can Evan Frost shock the world?

141: #10 Anthony Echemendia or Zach Redding vs. #12 Vince Cornella

  • This is a fantastic matchup between NCAA podium contenders. Echemendia majored Cornella in the 7th place match at CKLV, but some dudes wrestle differently on the backside of grueling tourneys like that. There’s huge dual score implications if Ech can rack up bonus points again.

149: #7 Casey Swiderski vs. Joshua Saunders

  • Swiderski will be favored here, but don’t let the lack of a ranking next to Saunders’s name fool you. He was an elite recruit himself. After battling injuries to start his college career, he’s found a spot in the lineup.

157: Cody Chittum or Jason Kraisser vs. #15 Meyer Shapiro

  • Chittum and Shapiro were both massive recruiting wins for their respective schools. Many thought Shapiro could be the next Yianni when the freshman majored Bryce Andonian at CKLV, but he then dropped two straight matches. Chittum is still looking for his first signature win in his young career.

165: #2 David Carr or Connor Euton vs. #4 Julian Ramirez *KEY MATCHUP*

  • David Carr’s undefeated record in dual meets will be put to the test against Ramirez, who beat him 4-3 in the CKLV semifinals. Carr won their first meeting in last season’s dual 10-5, but Ramirez has shown he can come out on top of scrambles. How will Carr adjust his gameplan?

174: #30 MJ Gaitan vs. Benny Baker

  • Here’s another shot for Iowa State to steal a bonus point. Baker is alright, but failed to place at CKLV. Gaitan took 8th. Pay attention to how Gaitan balances his high-flying style which can lead to bonus points with his fundamentals, which are good enough to salt away this match.

184: #3 Will Feldkamp or Caleb Helgeson vs. #13 Chris Foca

  • I have no idea what to think of Chris Foca. He took 3rd at 174 last season. He hasn’t been the same at 184. At CKLV he lost to Air Force’s Wolf, who Feldkamp majored. He also dropped a shocker to Columbia’s Ayzerov. I’m not sure any result would shock me here.

197: #30 Julien Broderson or Nando Villaescusa vs. #8 Jacob Cardenas

  • Cardenas is following up last year’s All-American finish with a really strong start to this season. Limiting bonus points will be the name of the game for the Cyclones.

285: #3 Yonger Bastida vs. #19 Lewis Fernandes

  • Bastida won this match 4-2 with a last second takedown last year. But this year he isn’t weighing in 50 pounds lighter than Fernandes. I hope they finish with this one, because the way Bastida is wrestling, he just might get as many points as it takes to win the dual.

Prediction

Iowa State 20, Cornell 14

This dual is going to be awesome. It has even, meaningful matchups and spots where both teams will be looking for bonus points. I think the Cyclones squeak this one out on the strength of 6 match wins.