Wrestlers Open 2009-10 Campaign With SDSU
AMES, Iowa - No. 2 Iowa State begins the 2009-10 wrestling season under new head coach Kevin Jackson at home in Hilton Coliseum against South Dakota State Thursday at 7 p.m. The Cyclones will hit the mats Saturday for the Harold Nichols/Cyclone Open at the Lied Recreation Center on ISU's campus.
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Dual One: South Dakota State
Thurs., Nov. 12 - 7 p.m.
Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum
Live Video and Stats available at cyclones.com
Harold Nichols/Cyclone Open
Sat., Nov. 14 - All day
Ames, Iowa - Lied Recreation Center
• Iowa State’s matchup with South Dakota State Nov. 12 marks the beginning of Kevin Jackson’s ISU coaching career.
• The Cyclones are 79-12-1 in season openers since 1916. ISU has won 12 straight season-opening duals since 1996.
• Last season, Iowa State notched seven individual titles at the Harold Nichols/Cyclone Open.
• ISU is currently ranked 2/2 in the Intermat and W.I.N. Magazine polls, respectively.
• The Cyclones are coming off a third-place showing at last year’s NCAA Championships.
• Iowa State returns four grapplers who earned All-America honors in at the 2009 NCAA Championships: Nick Gallick(141), Jon Reader (165), Jake Varner (197) and David Zabriskie (HWT). ISU 133-pounder Nick Fanthorpe was an All-American in 2008.
• ISU won a third-straight Big 12 Conference Wrestling Championship last season. The Cyclones had never won a consecutive trio of league titles. Iowa State tied for first with Nebraska with 70 points. Nick Fanthorpe (133) and David Zabriskie (HWT) notched their second conference individual titles.
Iowa State vs. South Dakota State Series Notes
• ISU leads in the all-time series against South Dakota State, 8-0.
• Iowa State last defeated SDSU Dec. 11, 1976 in Lincoln, Neb., 37-9.
Scouting South Dakota State
• The Jackrabbits are coming off a 9-11-1 season in 2008-09.
• South Dakota State returns one NCAA qualifier in 197-pounder Tyler Sorenson.
• The Jack’s Sorenson suffered two close defeats at the NCAA Championships. The senior hailing from Garretson, S.D. dropped matches by identical scores of 6-4 to Michigan’s Tyrel Todd and Pat Bradshaw of Edinboro, respectively.
• Sorenson is only the second wrestler in SDSU history to qualify in Division I.
• SDSU is set to dual with ISU Nov. 12 and then compete in the Harold Nichols/Cyclone Open Nov. 14.