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Who: Iowa State 0-2 (0-0) vs #19 Wyoming 0-1 (0-0)*
Where: Ames, Iowa | Hilton Coliseum
When: Saturday, December 9th – 7:00 PM
Watch: Cyclone TV (Subscription required for either option)
*This is a Big 12 Conference Dual
Iowa State left the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite with just one medalist last weekend. A step down from last year when they came home with three top eight finishers. Head Coach Kevin Dresser has acknowledged that his team’s start to this season has bumpy, but there are bound to be some rough patches in a lineup that only has four guys that have starting experience of any kind.
So this weekend presents an opportunity for Dresser’s’ team to not only win their first dual of the year, but also their first Big 12 dual in over 12 months. Wyoming enters this dual with an 0-1 record, with their only dual coming against Nebraska.
The Cowboys return three NCAA qualifiers from last season, but none bigger than All-American Bryce Meredith. A former NCAA finalist, Meredith will meet Cyclone freshman Kanen Storr for the only ranked head-to-head matchup in this dual.The two met this past weekend in Las Vegas, where Meredith came out on top, winning by fall.
Iowa State also features a ranked wrestler at 133 pounds where freshman Ian Parker will look to get back on track against Montorie Bridges. Fellow freshman Jarrett Degen was previously ranked, but has since fallen out of the top 20 after last weekend.
A big question for this weekend’s lineup will center around 165 pounds where the Cyclones have struggled to find their starter thus far. To begin the year junior Syler St. John and Logan Brietenbach were expected to battle it out for the starting spot, but both have dealt with injuries in the early going. Sophomore Colston DiBlasi was registered to compete at 165 pounds during the team’s trip to Vegas, but in the end the team never officially entered a wrestler at that weight.
As for Dresser, it doesn’t sound like he is feeling too eager to tip his hand on the situation.
“We have some guys that are dinged up,” Dresser said in a Des Moines Register article written by Cody Goodwin. “We might have one of them back this weekend. Top secret information. We might have one of them back for Saturday, but at 165, that’s top secret information until then.”
Whatever happens at 165 one thing is for certain, the Cowboys are definitely strong at the weight. Branson Ashworth along with 157 pound starter Archie Colgan are the other two returning NCAA qualifiers for the Cowboys.
If you are into projections, Wrestle Stat has the dual going to Wyoming, 18-13.
Iowa State Cyclones vs Wyoming Cowboys
125: Jon Marmolejo vs Trent Olson
133: #19 Ian Parker vs Montorie Bridges
141: #13 Kanen Storr vs #4 Bryce Meredith
149: Jarrett Degen vs Sam Turner
157: Chase Straw vs #13 Archie Colgan
165: Logan Britenbach or Colston DiBlasi vs #15 Branson Ashworth
174: Hank Swalla vs Kyle Pope
184: Dame Pestano vs Chaz Polson
197: Sammy Colbray vs Cody Vigoren
285: Marcus Harrington vs Hunter Mullins