No. 2 Cyclones Journey West To Battle Sun Devils
AMES, Iowa - The No. 2-ranked Iowa State wrestling team continues on the road to face Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday in Wells Fargo Arena. ISU comes into the matchup on a four dual winning-streak, with a 10-2 overall dual record. The Sun Devils hold a 9-6 mark in dual action. The Cyclones will be seeking the 1,000th dual win in program history.
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Dual 13: Arizona State
Sun., Feb. 7, 1 p.m. CST
Tempe, Ariz. • Wells Fargo Arena
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• The second-ranked Iowa State wrestling team will travel to Arizona State Sunday. ISU wrestled the Sun Devils to a 24-11 victory last season.
• The Cyclones handled sixth-ranked Cornell, 24-13 last Sunday, in Ithaca, N.Y.
• Iowa State’s wins at No. 10 Oklahoma (21-12) and No. 3 Oklahoma State (20-18) Jan. 22-24 marks just the second time in Cyclone history (1971) that ISU has won at OU and at OSU in the same season.
• The Cyclones posted their best National Duals finish since 2000, earning second place Jan. 10 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. ISU beat Bloomsburg, No. 8 Maryland and No. 3 Ohio State before falling to No. 1 Iowa, 19-12.
• Iowa State notched a team runner-up finish at the 47th Annual Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill., Dec. 29-30. ISU’s Jake Varner took the 197-pound crown.
• The Cyclones are 10-2 in the 2009-10 season with earlier dual victories coming Nov. 12 in Hilton Coliseum over South Dakota State (43-3), Dec. 19 at UNI, 42-0, Jan. 3 at No. 6 Minnesota, 19-16 and Jan. 16 at home over Illinois by a score of 33-9.
• ISU is currently ranked 2/2 in the Intermat and W.I.N. Magazine polls, respectively.
• Iowa State is 999-263-20 all-time in duals, dating back to 1916.
• The Cyclones are coming off a third-place showing at last year’s NCAA Championships.
• Four Iowa Staters have at least 20 wins on their record this season. Varner (197) is perfect with a 21-0 record. Cyclones Andrew Long (125), Mitch Mueller (149) and Andrew Sorenson (157) have all tallied 21 wins, as well.
Iowa State vs. Arizona State Series Notes
• Iowa State holds the advantage in the series with ASU, 22-6.
• ISU has won the last five meetings between the two wrestling programs, dating back to 2004.
• The Cyclones have taken 11 of the last 12 duals, with the lone loss to the Sun Devils coming Jan. 7, 2004 by a score of 22-20.
• The Iowa State squad was victorious in last year’s matchup with Arizona State, winning 24-11 without the presence of five ISU starters.
Scouting Arizona State
• ASU is 9-6 in dual competition thus far in the 2009-10 season.
• The Sun Devils were turned away by Oregon State Jan. 31 by a score of 35-5 at home in Wells Fargo Arena.
• Arizona State was perfect at the Lone Star Duals in Arlington, Texas Jan. 16, going 3-0 with wins over Harvard (39-12), Air Force (38-6) and Utah Valley (27-15).
• Two Sun Devils return with All-America accolades on their resumes. ASU’s Anthony Robles placed fourth at 125 pounds last season. Also in 2009, Chris Drouin notched a sixth-place finish at 141 pounds.
• Three matchups from last season’s 24-11 Cyclone dual victory over Arizona State could occur again in this season’s edition of the dual. ISU’s Jon Reader scored a major decision of Arizona State’s Kyle DeBerry, 16-7. Cyclone 174-pounder Duke Burk won by decision over ASU’s Eric Starks, 8-4. Iowa Stater Jerome Ward needed extra time at 184 pounds to edge Sun Devil Jake Meredith, 6-4 (SV1).
No. 2 Cyclones Turn Away No. 6 Cornell, 24-13
• The second-ranked Iowa State wrestling team beat No. 6 Cornell Jan. 31 by taking seven of 10 matches for a 24-13 victory before more than 4,000 Big Red fans in Newman Arena. The Cyclones improved their dual record to 10-2 in its 2009-10 campaign. The dual victory was the 999th in program history. Cornell fell to 3-4-1.
• Iowa State’s top-ranked Jake Varner (21-0) rolled up the points quickly against No. 5 Cam Simaz, holding a 14-1 advantage heading into the final period. ISU’s three-time NCAA finalist ended the match with a technical fall by a score of 19-1 (6:56).
• Two-time All-American Jon Reader scored a 14-4 major decision of Cornell’s Justin Kerber at 165 pounds. The victory improves Reader’s season mark to 18-3.
• Five Cyclones won matches by decision. Iowa Staters Nick Fanthorpe (133), Mitch Mueller (149), Andrew Sorenson (157), Jerome Ward (184) and David Zabriskie (HWT) contributed wins by decision to the ISU cause.
ISU’s Three-Time NCAA Finalist Varner Continues To Light It Up
• Iowa State’s Jake Varner is as dominant as ever at 197 pounds this season. After recording a 31-2 record en route to a NCAA title at 197 pounds in 2009, Varner is undefeated in his senior campaign with 21 victories.
• The Bakersfield, Calif., native has won 81 percent of his matches this season for bonus points, with either a major decision, technical fall or pin.
• Varner has been a standout in the Cyclone lineup since taking the starting spot at 184 pounds as a redshirt freshman. Varner holds a 110-10 record in his career, which equates to a .917 winning-percentage. The Cyclone sports an outstanding 58-4 mark in dual competition.