Who: #16 Iowa State 4-1 (2-0 Big 12) vs Rider 4-2 (2-0 EWL)
Where: Lawrenceville, NJ – Alumni Gym
When: Thursday, January 17th at 6pm CT
Watch: ESPN 3 or Watch ESPN App
(Dual Rankings from The Open Mat 1/9/19)
The Cyclones continue to dominate this season. Now they head East for a pair of duals starting in New Jersey against Rider Thursday night. They’ll no doubt be eyeing more bonus point victories versus the Broncs.
Alex Mackall looked really good Sunday earning the fall, and sending Hilton into an uproar. This can only bolster the red shirt sophomore’s confidence going forward. He’ll look to add to his fourteen victories against, Jonathon Tropea of Rider.
What’s the first thing to comes to mind when I say the name, Austin Gomez? Electrifying, high flyer, big in big moments, sure all these are true. For me, it’s leader. Austin has been leading by example all season. Last time out, he followed up Mackall’s pin with a tech fall, further exciting the Hilton faithful. Gomez should maintain his perfect dual record against Rider.
Last Sunday, Ian Parker returned to the lineup for Iowa State. He got the dual started with a major decision. Ian scored five takedowns total, and two sets of near fall points in the third period to pull away. Travis Layton of Rider will be his opponent on Thursday.
Black eye and all, Jarrett Degen racked up three more takedowns Sunday in an 11-5 win over #18 Olivas. He leads the team with twenty-four. Jarrett will look to add to that total when he takes on Gary Dinmore of Rider.
After losing a close match in tiebreakers Sunday, Chase Straw will face Gino Fluri of Rider. He has had an up and down season to this point. With a big win here, he’ll be able to “right the ship” so to speak.
Former Martensdale-St. Mary’s prep, Logan Schumacher put the crowd on it’s feet Sunday after earning an 11-7 win. It was the first of his collegiate career. He’ll see #17 Jesse Dellavecchia on Thursday night.
Marcus Coleman is second on the team in takedowns with nineteen. He used four of them, along with four near fall points for the major decision last time out. George Walton will be his opponent.
Sammy Colbray keeps us on the edge of our seats. Luckily I don’t require blood pressure medicine…yet. The key here is, he wins! Let’s not forget folks he does have five falls on the year. Michale Fagg-Daves wil be his opposition against Rider.
You have got to be rooting for Willie Miklus. He returns home to wrestle for Iowa State in his final college season, after being at Missouri. Willie lost a tough sudden victory battle on Sunday. I don’t foresee that becoming a trend when he faces Ethan Laird in New Jersey.
All Gannon Gremmel did Sunday was beat last years Big 12 runner-up. He was awarded two stall calls which gave him a point, to take the lead in the second period. After winning the spot at 285 this fall, he’s really showed he belongs sporting a 17-7 record (4-1 in duals). Number 18 should come when he faces, Ryan Cloud.
125 – Alex Mackall vs Jonathon Tropea
133 – #7 Austin Gomez vs Anthony Cefelo
141 – #10 Ian Parker vs Travis Layton
149 – #10 Jarrett Degen vs Gary Dinmore
157 – Chase Straw vs Gino Fluri
165 – Logan Schumacher vs #17 Jesse Dellavecchia
174 – Marcus Coleman vs George Walton
184 – #18 Sammy Colbray vs Michale Fagg-Daves
197 – #8 Willie Miklus vs Ethan Laird
285 – Gannon Gremmel vs Ryan Cloud
(Individual Rankings from The Open Mat 1/15/19)