Cyclones Welcome No. 4 Iowa On Sunday
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State wrestling team (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) meets up with No. 4 Iowa (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) for the 78th time in school history Sunday, as the two schools face off in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series.
Where: Ames, Iowa – Hilton Coliseum (8,524)
When: Sunday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m. CDT
TV: Cyclones.tv Channel Info
Talent: Tom Kroeschell (pxp), Jim Gibbons (c)
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at Cyclones.com.
Live Blog: Michael DeBates, student assistant for athletics communications, will be holding a live blog during the dual. Fans are encouraged to participate in the blog by asking questions.
- Iowa State has won 15 of its last 17 duals dating back to a 19-15 at Rutgers on Jan. 11 last season.
- No. 3 Kyven Gadson has a 19-match dual win streak dating back to Nov. 25, 2012 vs. Old Dominion.
- No. 3 Michael Moreno has a 10-match dual win streak dating back to Feb. 8 last season vs. UNI. Moreno’s win streak features a 5-2 win at the 2013 Big 12 Duals over No. 2 Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma State.
- Redshirt freshman Lelund Weatherspoon leads the 2013-14 Cyclones in overall wins (10) and dual wins (5). The Jackson, Mich., native moved his overall record to 10-1 and his dual record to 5-0 with a 6-2 decision over ODU’s Billy Curling.
- Sophomore Earl Hall leads ISU in pins with three pins. The Homestead, Fla., native’s explosive style can be attributed to his high-level of experience wrestling freestyle at the Olympic Training Center for two years.
- Iowa State’s 5-0 start is its first since the 2007-08 season, when the Cyclones started 6-0.
- The Cyclones’ 20-15 win over Old Dominion was the 700th dual win all-time vs. active Division I opponents.
- Out of 26 names listed in the probable lineups for Sunday’s dual, 12 of them are Iowa natives (seven Cyclones and five Hawkeyes).
Last Time Out
- Despite being pitted in a 15-12 hole heading into the final two bouts of the afternoon at 165 and 174 pounds, ISU was able to win the final two matches to earn the 20-15 dual win on the road at Old Dominion.
- At 165, Moreno remained undefeated on the season picking up his second tech fall of the year over ODU’s Dillon Geoghegan 22-7, scoring the Cyclones five team points and gibing them a 17-15 lead in the dual. Moreno had eight takedowns in the match.
- In the final bout at 174 pounds, Weatherspoon took down 2013 NCAA-qualifier Billy Curling 6-2. Weatherspoon held a 5-2 advantage heading to the final period and rode Curling for the rest of the match to seal the 20-15 win for ISU.
- At 125, Hall provided a crucial six team points with a pin over ODU’s Brandon Jeske. The match was tied 2-2 when Hall notched a reversal on the edge, which led to a nearside cradle and the fall with 56 seconds remaining.
- At 197, Gadson notched a late takedown in the first period and that would be all he needed en route to a 5-1 win over ODU’s Jake Anderson.
- No. 8 Tanner Weatherman wrestled his first career match at 184 pounds for the Cyclones. The Huxley, Iowa, native was in control the entire way of his 7-2 decision over ODU’s Austin Coburn. Weatherman racked up 3:28 seconds of riding time in the match.
- The Hawkeyes have eight wrestlers ranked in the latest InterMat poll, led by No. 1 133-pounder Tony Ramos and No. 1 157-pounder Derek St. John.
- St. John is 8-0 on the season and is the defending 157-pound NCAA champion.
- Ramos is 7-0 overall and was the national runner-up at 133 pounds last season to Ohio State’s Logan Steiber.
- No. 11 197-pounder Nathan Burak is out. His replacement will be either Kris Klapprodt or Tomas Lira. Both are 5-1 on the season.
- No. 8 Nick Moore will square-off against Moreno at 165 pounds in a top-10 showdown. The two wrestled twice last season, Moore getting the better of Moreno in the dual 3-2 and Moreno getting the better of Moore at the NCAA Championships 5-2.
- Another top-10 showdown will take place at 174 pounds with No. 6 Mike Evans and Weatherman.
- A third top-10 matchup is potentially on the docket between No. 2 Ethen Lofthouse and No. 7 Boaz Beard. Beard, who has yet to wrestle this season due to an elbow injury, is listed as questionable for a return to the mat Sunday.
- No. 4 Bobby Telford is questionable at heavyweight. If Telford is unable to go, it will be Terrance Jean-Jacques for the Hawkeyes.
- At 125 Iowa’s lineup features talented redshirt freshman Cory Clark. Clark is 7-0 on the season and was a four-time state champion in high school at Southeast Polk.
Series Notes vs. Iowa
- Iowa leads the all-time series with Iowa State 58-16-3.
- The instate rivalry is one of the oldest in college wrestling, as ISU and Iowa met on the mat for the first time March 6, 1916 in Iowa City.
- Last season, the Hawkeyes defeated the Cyclones 32-3 in Iowa City.
- Iowa State leads the current Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk series with a 6-5 advantage.
- Iowa has won nine-straight in the series dating back to a 20-15 win in 2005.
- Sunday marks the 78th meeting between Iowa State and Iowa on the mat.