Jarrett Degen enters Virginia Duals coming off back-to-back technical falls (Cam Kramer photo)

Fresh off the first dual win under Kevin Dresser (and first win at home in 23 months) the Cyclones enter the Virginia Duals looking to continue their momentum. The tournament field features 13 teams stretching from coast-to-coast. Four ranked teams will be in contention with #9 Virginia Tech the top ranked team followed by #10 Arizona State, #14 Northern Iowa, and #17 Lock Haven. The tournament splits teams into four different pools – with Iowa State landing in the James River pool, with team’s advancing to placement brackets based on their pool results.

Joining the Cyclones in the James River pool will be Virginia, who ISU will wrestle in the first round, and Arizona State who will be their second opponent (Iowa State has a bye in Round 2, so this dual will occur in Round 3).

Iowa State will be taking just one starter at  125 (Sinjin Briggs), 141 (Kanen Storr), 157 (Chase Straw), and 184 (Dane Pestano) and two guys per weight at the other six spots.

The lineup continues to evolve for head coach Kevin Dresser, who will look to use freshman Sinjin Briggs at 125 pounds following the news that sophomore Jakob Allison has suffered a broken hand. After starting Ian Parker for the first half of the season, Dresser turned to Markus Simmons at 133 pounds last weekend, with the sophomore going 1-1.

Similarly Danny Bush may have emerged and taken the reigns at 174 pounds after he too went 1-1 on the weekend, giving the Cyclones their first win at the weight this season.

Junior Skyler St. John made his return to the mat at 165 pounds after missing time due to injury and should continue to be an option this coming weekend along with Logan Breitenbach..

The computer favors both Virginia and Arizona State in the James River pool.

Teams competing at the Virginia Duals
Dual Rankings by InterMat

#9 Virginia Tech
#10 Arizona State
#14 Northern Iowa
#17 Lock Haven
Fresno State
Iowa State
Kent State
Old Dominion

James River Pool (Individual rankings by Flowrestling):

Round 1: Iowa State vs Virginia
Round 2: Virginia vs Arizona State
Round 3: Iowa State vs Arizona State

Iowa State – Big 12
125: Sinjin Briggs
133: Markus Simmons / Ian Parker
141: #11 Kanen Storr
149: Jarrett Degen / Dante Rodriguez
157: Chase Straw / Colston DiBlasi
165: Logan Breitenbach / Skyler St. John
174: Danny Bush / Hank Swalla
184: Dane Pestano
197: Sammy Colbray
285: Marcus Harrington / Gannon Gremmel

Virginia – ACC
125: #8 Louie Hayes
133: #3 Jack Mueller
141: Sam Martino
149: Sam Krivus
157: Fred Green / Michael Murphy
165: Andrew Atkinson
174: Will Schany
184: Michael Battista
197: Jay Aiello
285: Tyler Love

Arizona State – Pac-12
125: #17 Ryan Millhof / Josh Kramer
133: Ali Naser
141: Nikko Villarreal
149: #15 Josh Maruca
157: #7 Josh Shields
165: #15 Anthony Valencia
174: #1 Zahid Valencia
184: Kordell Norfleet
197: Cade Belshay
285: #4 Tanner Hall

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle

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