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Wrestling: Arizona State and Cal Baptist Preview

Cyclones Head West To Take On Future And Current Big 12 Foes

Syndication: The Ames Tribune Nirmalendu Majumdar / USA TODAY NETWORK

WHAT: #5 Iowa State vs. #24 Arizona State, California Baptist

WHERE and WHEN:

Arizona State – 7 PM – Friday, January 5th @ Hamilton High in Gilbert, Arizona

Cal Baptist – 4 PM – Sunday, January 7th @ Mt. San Antonio CC in Walnut, California

HOW TO WATCH:

Arizona StatePAC12 Plus

Cal BaptistFloWrestling (maybe on YouTube too?)

HOW TO LISTEN: Varsity App or Cyclones.com

LIVE CHAT: WRNL Wrestling Discord — Whether a diehard wrestling fan or just a Cyclone interested in learning more about the sport, join us on Discord!

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Iowa State wrestling kicks off 2024 dual action with a trip out west this weekend. On Friday, the Cyclones wrestle against future Big 12 foe Arizona State. The Sun Devils aren’t as complete a lineup as past years, partially due to injuries, but there will still be fantastic matchups. Sunday serves up the Cyclones’ first Big 12 dual of the season, against affiliate member Cal Baptist.

#24 Arizona State

Since Zeke Jones took over, Arizona State has become one of the most consistent performers in the country in March. They’ve been top 10 at 4 of the last 5 NCAA tournaments. This year is off to a rocky start, partially due to terrible injury luck. The Sun Devils are 1-2. North Carolina upset them, and Lock Haven almost did as well. They were shellacked by Mizzou. But now veterans Jacori Teemer and Cohlton Schultz are expected to be back in the lineup. The Sun Devils could send out 3 multiple time All-Americans and 6 ranked wrestlers. This dual was moved off campus so wrestling fans didn’t have to dig through the ashes of the PAC12 Network to watch. Surprisingly, the PAC12 Network fought (successfully) to keep the rights to the dual.

Projected Matchups

Individual rankings from FloWrestling. Iowa State listed first.

125: #23 Kysen Terukina vs. #7 Richard Figueroa or Tristan Mascarenas

  • Figueroa had a phenomenal 14-0 season last year, but couldn’t take the starting spot from NCAA finalist Brandon Courtney. Still, he started the season ranked third. After starting the season late due to injury, he had to default from his first match at Midlands. If Figueroa can’t go, Iowa State should get bonus points here.

133: #9 Evan Frost vs. #22 Julian Chlebove

  • This match should have happened in the CKLV semis, but Chlebove was upset along the way. He was a highly rated recruit who has kind of been MIA the past few years, but re-emerged by making the U23 Freestyle World Team. Frost has been wrestling with a lot of composure for a freshman. As long as he can keep his wrists free, I like him to win.

141: #9 Anthony Echemendia vs. Carter Dilbert or Cody Foote

  • Jesse Vasquez, who beat Casey Swiderski in sudden victory last year, suffered a major injury in his second match this season. The Sun Devils are thin here, and Echemendia bonuses just about everyone outside the top ten. Get your takedown counter ready.

149: Zach Redding vs. #4 Kyle Parco or Mykey Ramos

  • 3x All-American Parco beat Swiderski 4-2 at CKLV and was putting together another phenomenal season, but was upset by Princeton sophomore Ty Whalen at Midlands. Parco then medical forfeited out of the tournament. I hope he’s back for this dual. His counter-wrestling is truly elite. Unfortunately Swiderski won’t get his rematch, as he is still injured and not making the trip. Next man up is Zach Redding. While 149 is not Redding’s ideal weight, he let it rip at Collegiate Duals and seems to be eager to take the mat time as he gets it. Huge opportunity for Redding. If he wins this one we will have to start calling him The Janitor, cause he cleans up wherever Iowa State needs.

157: #22 Cody Chittum vs. #4 Jacori Teemer or Michael Kilic

  • Jacori Teemer was slated to contend for a national title at this weight, but his season was ended due to injury before it ever started. This year he suffered a concussion in his first match. Since then the 2x All-American has posted a Midlands title and CKLV finals appearance. That being said, his conditioning didn’t seem to be what it usually is in that Midlands run. Chittum’s constant pressure could pay big dividends late in the match.

165: #2 David Carr vs. Chance McLane or Max Wilner

  • McLane is a transfer from Oklahoma State. He’s just 4-5 on the season. Kraisser posted a 7-0 shutout win over Wilner last season. Carr will score bonus points.

174: #33 MJ Gaitan vs. Cael Valencia or Shay Addison

  • Despite a losing record last season, Valencia was an NCAA qualifier. He went 2-2 at both CKLV and Midlands. Gaitan will be favored.

184: #8 Will Feldkamp vs. #26 Tony Negron

  • Negron is up from 165 last season. He went 1-2 at CKLV and didn’t place in a weak Midlands bracket. If Feldkamp gets his stuff going, he will get bonus points.

197: #30 Julien Broderson or Caleb Helgeson vs. Damion Schunke or Jacob Meissner

  • Arizona State is very green at 197. Their roster at this weight includes just three freshman, that have gone a combined 1-7 this season. Broderson wrestles much more confidently and aggressively when he knows he’s got the guy overmatched. I hope he brings some fireworks.

285: #3 Yonger Bastida vs. #5 Cohlton Schultz *KEY MATCHUP*

  • 3x All-American Schultz is yet to wrestle for the Sun Devils this year, as he’s focusing on qualifying the USA heavyweight spot for the Olympics in Greco-Roman. FloWrestling has reported that will change in this dual. Schultz’s size and sound positioning will be the biggest test yet for Bastida’s offense. Against previous Iowa State big men Gannon Gremmel and Sam Schuyler, Schultz has won matches by scores of 3-2 (in tiebreakers), 3-1 (in sudden victory), and 3-2. I think it will take more than 3 points to beat Bastida.

Prediction

Iowa State 26, Arizona State 9

Arizona State is favored at just 125, 149 and 157. And the health of those three Sun Devils is questionable. Iowa State is expected to get bonus points at 141, 165, and probably 184 and 197 as well. The Cyclones have a chance to make another statement similar to what they did against Wisconsin.

Cal Baptist

Iowa State will be taking on the Lancers of California Baptist, who are in their second season as a member of the Big 12. The Lancers are a great example of a team without brand recognition utilizing the transfer portal. They really worked to supplement their roster that way in the offseason. However, I don’t think it’s enough to close the gap from last season’s 38-9 Cyclone win. The Lancers don’t have anyone ranked by FloWrestling. They are led by 125 lber Eli Griffin, who was a few seconds of riding time from a Midlands title last week. 133 lber Hunter Leake and 184 lber Nathan Haas were both a win away from placing at the holiday tournament. They’ve got some other guys in the lineup with starting experience, but that hasn’t resulted in many dual wins this season. The Lancers are 1-4 against D1 competition. The Lancers put 4,600 fans in the stands for their home opener, so I have no idea why they are hosting this dual 40 minutes from campus. Score Prediction: 41-3 Cyclones.

Projected Matchups

Individual rankings from FloWrestling. Iowa State listed first.

125: #23 Kysen Terukina vs. Eli Griffin *KEY MATCHUP*

133: #9 Evan Frost vs. Hunter Leake

141: #9 Anthony Echemendia vs. Darren Green or Emilio Trujillo

149: Zach Redding vs. Dayne Morton

157: #22 Cody Chittum vs. Chaz Hallmark

165: #2 David Carr vs. Timothy Cowan or Joey Mora

174: #33 MJ Gaitan vs. Justin Phillips

184: #8 Will Feldkamp vs. Nathan Haas

197: #30 Julien Broderson vs. Eli Sheeran

285: #3 Yonger Bastida vs. Max Acciardi