Who: #12 Iowa State 10-3 (Big 12 6-2) vs #6 Missouri 15-1 (MAC 7-0)
When: Sunday, February 24th at 5pm
Where: Ames, IA | Hilton Coliseum
Watch: Cyclone.tv – Mediacom Channel 165 | Flowrestling ($)
Live Scoring/Stats: Trackwrestling
(Dual Team Rankings from The Open Mat 2/20/19)
We’ve come to the last dual of the year for the Cyclones. Coach Kevin Dresser has issued a challenge to cyclONEnation for Sunday’s dual…10,000 fans in Hilton for the season finale. After a tough battle in West Gym Thursday night; I’d expect Hilton Magic to be in full swing come Sunday.
10,000 screaming Cyclone fans would be quite fitting to send off seniors Danny Bush, Willie Miklus, and Skyler St. John. Brady Jennings will be getting honored as well. It would have to be somewhat surreal for Willie to return home and wrestle for Iowa State; only to face Missouri in his last dual, the team he was a member of for his first five seasons.
Missouri comes in ranked at eight weights by The Open Mat. The Cyclones, according to the rankings, are favored in one of the eight matchups, 197 pounds.
What just looking at the rankings won’t tell you is that, No. 18 Sammy Colbray upset No. 5 Drew Foster Thursday night in West Gym 8-5. So, when No. 15 Dylan Wisman of Missouri comes calling Sunday is Sammy really the underdog?
Alex Mackall, even in losses, has been aggressive all year. Cyclone fans have plenty to be excited about with Mackall as we get towards the end of the year. A big win over upstart redshirt freshman Dack Punke would be huge to close out the dual season.
More of the same from No. 12 Austin Gomez against UNI Thursday. It took him 4:02 to earn the 21-4 technical fall. If you are a fan of wrestling you won’t want to miss Austin’s match with two time NCAA qualifier, No. 7 John Erneste.
At 141 pounds, No. 10 Ian Parker will have to regroup quickly after a tough loss in the waning seconds against No. 3 Alber. Things don’t get any easier when two time All-American No. 4 Jaydin Eierman visits Hilton on Sunday.
No. 13 Jarrett Degen has faced No. 5 Brock Mauller twice already this season. Mauller took a 12-6 decision in the finals of the Harold Nichols Open. Degen bested Mauller in the the finals of the Lindenwood Open by a score of 7-4. Who takes the best of three series…highly recommend getting to Hilton to find out!
Chase Straw has turned an up & down season early in the year into one of consistency. Chase has gotten to be very stingy on defense in winning seven of his last eight bouts. He’s primed for the upset of top twenty ranked, No. 17 Jarrett Jacques.
It’s been trial by fire for freshman Logan Schumacher since the turn of the year. He will face last years MAC champion at 165 pounds, and NCAA qualifier No. 13 Connor Flynn on Sunday.
Marcus Coleman finishes with a brutal test to end the season. He’ll face three time All-American, No. 2 Daniel Lewis. FYI: Lewis got that No. 2 ranking by pinning then No. 2 Zahid Valencia of ASU with a cradle a couple of weeks ago.
To end his college dual career, No. 5 Willie Miklus will face former teammate No. 19 Wyatt Koelling. Miklus was a three time All-American for the Tigers. Cyclone fans looking for number four to be in the Cardinal & Gold!
If you haven’t seen Thursday night’s match between Gannon Gremmel and Carter Isley…I suggest you do so now! A couple warriors dunking it out into sudden victory. This epitomizes Gannon, and the entire team this year. Though they’ve been knocked down they get right back up ready to scrap. There is NO quit in this team!
Something worth noting to finish this up. The Cyclones closed the Big 12 dual season with their best showing since ‘09-‘10 at 6-2.
125 – Alex Mackall vs Dack Punke
133 – #12 Austin Gomez vs #7 John Erneste
141 – #10 Ian Parker vs #4 Jaydin Eierman
149 – #13 Jarrett Degen vs #5 Brock Mauller
157 – Chase Straw vs #17 Jarrett Jacques
165 – Logan Schumacher vs #13 Connor Flynn
174 – Marcus Coleman vs #2 Daniel Lewis
184 – #18 Sammy Colbray vs #15 Dylan Wisman
197 – #5 Willie Miklus vs #19 Wyatt Koelling
285 – Gannon Gremmel vs Zach Elam
(Individaul Rankings from The Open Mat 2/19/19)