Cyclones To Face No. 20 UNI In Home Finale
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State wrestling team (6-4 overall, 1-2 Big 12) host No. 20 Northern Iowa (8-3 overall) in its final home dual of the season on Friday at Hilton Coliseum. The dual marks the annual Beauty and the Beast event, as the gymnastics team will compete simultaneously with the wrestlers.
"This is a great event for Iowa State fans," head coach Kevin Jackson said. "It creates a great atmosphere. For me it kind of gives me an Olympics feel with both gymnastics and wrestling being Olympic sports. When it comes to events on campus, the energy and intensity surrounding this one is second to none."
The Cyclones have won 10-straight duals over the Panthers, dating back to a 19-16 win on Jan. 24, 2004 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Last season, the Cyclones were victorious over the Panthers as Matt Gibson scored a 7-1 decision in the final match of the dual, scoring three team points and sealing the dual win for Iowa State, 19-17.
"UNI is a tough team that will come out and test you both physically and mentally," Jackson said. "They've had a lot of success this season, knocking off some really powerful teams. It's a rivalry that both teams feel strongly about and I expect every match to be contested."
Who: Iowa State
(6-4 overall, 1-2 Big 12) vs. No. 20 Northern Iowa (8-3 overall)
When: Friday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m. CST
Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum
TV: Mediacom (MC22) / Cyclones.tv
Live Blog: Members of the Iowa State athletics communications staff will be holding a live blog during the dual at Cyclones.com. Fans are encouraged to participate in the blog by asking questions.
-Iowa State has beat UNI in 10-straight duals. The streak dates back to a 19-16 dual win on Jan. 24, 2004 in Cedar Falls.
-No. 7 Kyven Gadson is currently on a seven-match win streak since a fourth place finish at the 50th Midlands Championships back on Dec. 29-30 in Evanston, Ill.
-Gadson's streak features three wins over top-ten foes; Arizona State's Jake Meredith, Oklahoma State's Blake Rosholt and Penn's Micah Burak.
-Gadson, who just received his third Big 12 Wrestler of the Week award on Wednesday, is 7-2 on the year vs. ranked opponents.
-No. 19 Michael Moreno will look to pick up his 20th win over the Panthers' Jarret Jensen on Friday. Moreno currently leads the team in wins with 19. He and Jensen have faced twice already this season with Moreno winning an 8-2 decision at the UNI Open and a 2-0 decision at the Midlands Championships.
-No. 15 Boaz Beard climbed two spots in this week's national rankings after he upset No. 10 Chris Chionuma of Oklahoma State on Feb. 3. Beard is riding a four-match win streak which dates back to a first period pin over Drexel's Byran Sternlieb back on Jan. 13 in Philadelphia, Pa.
-Beard will face another top-10 opponent this week in No. 6 Ryan Loder of Northern Iowa. Beard and Loder have met once previously, with Loder winning a 1-0 decision in last season's dual in Cedar Falls.
Scouting Northern Iowa
-The No. 20 Panthers are 8-3 on the season and fresh off two road wins at South Dakota State (44-3) and No. 25 North Dakota State (21-15). Iowa State defeated No. 25 NDSU 22-18 back on Dec. 16 in Ames.
-The Panthers have three wrestlers currently ranked in the top-20 nationally by InterMat. At 133 pounds Levi Wolfensperger is ranked No. 11, at 141 pounds Joey Lazor is ranked No. 15 and at 184 pounds Ryan Loder is ranked No. 6.
-The three ranked wrestlers on UNI's roster have combined for 71 wins this season.
-UNI is 1-0 on the year vs. Big 12 opponents, as they defeated No. 24 Oklahoma 18-15 back on Jan. 18 in Cedar Falls.
-Iowa State leads the all-time series with Northern Iowa 54-16. The first meeting between the two schools was in 1924, which Iowa State won 21-0.
-The Cyclones have won 10-straight duals against the Panthers dating back to 2004.
-The last meeting between the two programs was on Feb. 3 last season in Cedar Falls. The Cyclones were victorious over the Panthers, 19-17. Matt Gibson defeated Blayne Beale 7-1 in the final match at 285 pounds to seal the dual win for Iowa State.
-Head coach Kevin Jackson is 3-0 all-time against the Panthers. In his first year at Iowa State, the Cyclones' defeated the Panthers 42-0, the largest margin of victory ever for the Cyclones in the all-time series.