Cyclones Travel to Chattanooga: Southern Scuffle Preview

When: January 1st 10am EST & 2nd 10am EST
Where: Chattanooga, TN – McKenzie Arena
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Who:

Air Force
Appalachian State                                                                                                                                   Binghamton
Chattanooga
Columbia
CSU Bakersfield
Drexel
Duke
Edinboro
Gardner-Webb
George Mason
No. 20 Iowa State
No. 23 Lock Haven
Navy
Northern Colorado
Ohio
No. 4 Oklahoma State
No. 1 Penn State
Rider
Stanford
The Citadel
No. 10 Virginia Tech

(Tournament Team Rankings from The Open Mat 12/26/18)

Iowa State will take their No. 20 tournament team ranking to one of the toughest tournaments the NCAA season has to offer. It will prove to be a good measuring stick at this point of the season.

Watching Alex Mackall through the first half of the season has me believing he can go toe-to-toe with anyone at 125 pounds, he’s got the motor to go a full seven minutes, and more if necessary. A high finish will certainly garner national attention. Two ranked wrestlers will be in attendance, the highest ranked being No. 4 Nick Piccininni from Oklahoma State. The last ranked wrestler in the field is, No. 20 Gabe Townsell from Stanford.

Austin Gomez has climbed his way up the ladder of a stacked 133 pound class this year to No. 10 in the country. He brings an undefeated record to the Scuffle. Todd Small will also be competing for the Cyclones, unattached. Here’s the list of ranked wrestlers at 133 pounds at the Scuffle:

No. 5 Daton Fix – Oklahoma State
No. 10 Austin Gomez – Iowa State
No. 19 Roman Bravo-Young – Penn State

At 141 pounds, Ian Parker brings an 11-2 record to the Scuffle, four of those wins have come by fall. He’ll have the likes of Nick Lee of Penn State, and Kaid Brock of Oklahoma State to contend with. Parker leap frogged Brock in the latest set of rankings. Redshirt Freshman, Ryan Leisure will also be competing attached for Iowa State. Here’s the list of ranked wrestlers at 141 pounds:

No. 4 Nick Lee – Penn State
No. 11 Ian Parker – Iowa State
No. 14 Kaid Brock – Oklahoma State
No. 20 Nic Gill – Navy

Jarrett Degen will look to keep building momentum at 149 pounds. Consistency gets talked about a lot around Cyclone wrestling, and Jarrett has definitely shown that with three bonus point wins in ten matches on the young season. Here’s the list of ranked wrestlers at 149 pounds:

No. 7 Mitch Finesilver – Duke
No. 8 Jarrett Degen – Iowa State
No. 9 Kaden Gfeller – Oklahoma State
No. 13 Brady Berge – Penn State
No. 19 Jared Prince – Navy

Chase Straw will look to start the second half of the season on a strong note. David Carr was slated to wrestle unattached, but due to illness will not be competing. 157 pounds is the first weight to feature the nations top ranked wrestler, Jason Nolf of Penn State. Here’s the list of ranked wrestlers at 157 pounds:

No. 1 Jason Nolf – Penn State
No. 12 Paul Fox – Stanford
No. 17 Andrew Shomers – Oklahoma State

The field is deep at 165 pounds. Iowa State doesn’t have anyone listed at this weight. They are a bit banged, and hoping to get guys healthy for a run in March. Here’s the list of ranked wrestlers at 165 pounds:

No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph – Penn State
No. 3 Chance Marsteller – Lock Haven
No. 6 Chandler Rogers – Oklahoma State
No. 8 Mekhi Lewis – Virginia Tech
No. 13 at 157 Tyler Marinelli – Gardner-Webb
No. 19 Jesse Dellavecchia – Rider
No. 20 Zach Finesilver – Duke

Marcus Coleman at 174 pounds stands to gain a lot with a high finish. He’s right on the bubble of being in the top twenty in the country. Marcus is 10-3 so far this season, earning bonus points in seven of those wins. He will have ample opportunities to draw the attention of national ranking outlets with five guys ranked in the top twenty. Here’s the list of ranked wrestlers at 174 pounds:

No. 1 Mark Hall – Penn State
No. 5 David McFadden – Virginia Tech
No. 7 Jacobe Smith – Oklahoma State
No. 18 Spencer Carey – Navy
No. 20 Matt Finesilver – Duke

At 184 pounds Sammy Colbray can further solidify himself at the Southern Scuffle. Wasn’t long ago Colbray upset Cash Wilcke; more gutsy performances like that from Sammy will have him rising through the rankings. He brings a 9-2 record with him to the Scuffle, two of those being falls. Also wrestling attached for Iowa State is, Danny Bush. True freshman, Joel Shapiro will be wrestling unattached. Here’s the list of ranked wrestlers at 184 pounds:

No. 3 Shakur Rasheed – Penn State                                                                                                         No. 9 Louie DePrez – Binghamton
No. 17 Sam Colbray – Iowa State

Kaden Sauer will represent Iowa State at 197 pounds. Willie Miklus was set to compete, but is also be sidelined due to illness. Here’s the list of ranked wrestlers at 197 pounds:

No. 1 Bo Nickal – Penn State
No. 6 Dakota Geer – Oklahoma State
No. 10 Nathan Traxler – Stanford
No. 12 Jacob Seely – Northern Colorado
No. 14 Stephen Loiseau – Drexel
No. 16 Tom Sleigh – Virginia Tech
No. 20 Randall Diabe – Appalachian State

Gannon Gremmel has been grinding his way through the first half of the season; he brings a 12-4 record to the Scuffle. Freshman, Francis Duggan will be competing unattached for Iowa State. Here’s the list of ranked wrestlers at 285 pounds:

No. 2 Anthony Cassar – Penn State
No. 4 Derek White – Oklahoma State
No. 6 Billy Miller – Virginia Tech
No. 9 Thomas Haines – Lock Haven
No. 12 Matt Voss – George Mason
No. 17 Joey Goodhart – Drexel

(Individual Rankings from The Open Mat 12/25/18)

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