The main event of the day will be the Cyclones taking on the #7 ranked Sun Devils. The Sun Devils notably snapped Penn States’ 60 dual win streak earlier this year, but are coming off of a loss to Ohio State and will be looking to get back into the win column. Below are the projected lineups:
#9 Iowa State vs #7 Arizona State
125: #12 Alex Mackall (Iowa State) vs #13 Brandon Courtney (Arizona State)
133: #14 Todd Small (Iowa State) vs #17 Josh Kramer (Arizona State)
141: #5 Ian Parker (Iowa State) vs Cory Crooks (Arizona State)
149: #8 Jarrett Degen or Ryan Leisure (Iowa State) vs Josh Maruca (Arizona State)
157: #3 David Carr (Iowa State) vs Jacori Teemer (Arizona State)
165: Chase Straw (Iowa State) vs #6 Josh Shields (Arizona State)
174: #9 (at 184) Sammy Colbray (Iowa State) vs #10 Anthony Valencia (Arizona State)
184: Marcus Coleman (Iowa State) vs #1 Zahid Valencia (Arizona State)
197: Joel Shapiro or Francis Duggan (Iowa State) vs #15 Kordell Norfleet (Arizona State)
285: #9 Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State) vs #7 Tanner Hall (Arizona State)
This dual is fascinating because of how it breaks down. Both teams are the favorite in five matches, however Iowa State is favored at the lighter five weights whereas Arizona State is favored to win the upper five weights. Momentum could be a huge factor for the Cyclones if this dual starts at 125, and they can win five in a row to start.
The Cyclones will likely need to score an upset or two as well because #1 ranked 184-pound Zahid Valencia is on a tear lately and would be favored to score bonus points as he continues to strengthen his Hodge Trophy resume.
While there are five top 20 matchups taking place in this dual, it could very well come down to the big guys. Gremmel pulling off the upset would be huge for the Cyclones chances of taking this dual.