Iowa State hosts Harold Nichols Cyclone Open

We finally have Division I wrestling back in Iowa. After the steady progression the last couple of years under Kevin Dresser; the expectations for the ‘19-‘20 Cyclones are higher than they’ve been for years.

We did get a clearer picture last Wednesday night at the Cardinal and Gold scrimmage of what Iowa State’s starting lineup will look like. However, there were close matches which prompted Dresser to tell the media that there could be lengthy battles for those spots this year.

This years field has plenty of potential firepower. In attendance will be UNI, Missouri, as well as NAIA juggernaut Grandview. The Cyclones check in at #9 in the latest set of tournament team rankings by The Open Mat.

Alex Mackall, ranked #11, took a one point decision over redshirt freshmen, Corey Cabanban. This would be one of the aforementioned spots up for grabs.

At 133 pounds Todd Small looks to take the top spot. He beat Ramazan Attasauov 6-5 in the scrimmage last Wednesday. It’s been well documented Austin Gomez’s plan is to be down at 133 for the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. This would make for a three man tug of war when the time comes.

#13 Ian Parker was a 4-0 winner over #5 (at 133 pounds) Gomez at the Cardinal and Gold scrimmage. They could definitely meet again Sunday at Hilton. Hypothetically, if Gomez would win by a similar score, who gets the start versus Bucknell?

Jarrett Degen will be looking renew the rivalry with Brock Mauller (Missouri). Degen and Mauller each had two wins last year.

Now, to the young man all of Cyclone faithful have been waiting for, David Carr. Really hoping to see a top twenty showdown pitting Carr against Jarrett Jacques (Missouri). At any rate, it will be nice to see him don an Iowa State singlet. Sky is the limit for David, just ask those guys that wrestled 74kg in Estonia.

At 165 pounds it was Chase Straw a 5-3 winner over Logan Schumacher. People were somewhat bullish on Straw last year. The last month or so of the season he wrestled extremely tough, earning a Big 12 championship.

Starting the year at #17 is, Marcus Coleman. The thirteen points he scored in the third period to come from behind against Anthony Mantanona (Oklahoma) last season was a thing of beauty. Don’t count out Marcus too early if he falls behind. This bracket could feature #10 Connor Flynn (Missouri) as well as #7 Bryce Steiert (UNI). Why not get the season started off with a bang?

At last years NCAA tournament, Sam Colbray fell one win shy of All American status. This year being on the podium isn’t enough, it’s all about the top rung of the ladder. He begins his redshirt junior season ranked #6. He could see #7 Taylor Lujan (UNI) in an early season test.

We don’t yet know for certain who the man is at 197 pounds. Joel Shapiro was very impressive beating  Tyler Buesgens 12-2 last Wednesday. We all expected Francis Duggan to wrestle Shapiro; he was scratched late due to having a knee scoped a couple weeks prior.  Evan Hansen, a three time NAIA champion, could make some noise here as well. By Sunday night we should have a lot better idea of who gets the nod in place of Willie Miklus, who’s now a graduate assistant.

We should all get our first look at Gannon Gremmel this weekend. Gannon sits at #19 to start the year. I for one, am hoping we get to see him duke it out with Carter Isley (UNI) again. These two put on quite a show in West Gym in last years dual.

Below is a list of Cyclones competing Sunday.

Open Division:

Alex Mackall – 125
Corey Cabanban – 125
Sinjin Briggs – 133
Todd Small – 133
Ramazan Attasauov – 133
Ian Parker – 141
Austin Gomez – 141
Jarrett Degen – 149
Ryan Leisure – 149
David Carr – 157
Chase Straw – 165
Logan Schumacher – 165
Taylan Entriken – 165
Isaac Judge – 165
Zane Mulder – 165
Marcus Coleman – 174
DeMichael Franklin – 174
Mac Southard – 174
Sam Colbray – 184
Joel Shapiro – 197
Francis Duggan – 197
Gannon Gremmel – 285

Fresh/Soph Division:

Aden Reeves – 125
Caleb Fuessley – 125
Charlie Klepps – 133
Andrew Flora – 141
Noah Nemer – 141
Eric Owens – 157
Carter Schmidt – 157
Grant Stotts – 157
Caleb Long – 165
Tate Battani – 174
Nolan Harsh -174
Anthony Sherry – 174
Brandon Tessau – 174
Julien Broderson – 184
Tyler Buesgens – 184

Individual Rankings from The Open Mat 11/5/19