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Iowa State Hits Road To Battle ASU Saturday

Release: 01/31/2014
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AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State wrestling team (7-3 overall, 1-2 Big 12) is bound for warmer weather this weekend, as it heads southwest to take on Arizona State (6-5 overall, 1-0 Pac 12) in Tempe. The Cyclones will look to extend a nine match dual win streak over the Sun Devils that dates back to Nov. 24, 2004.

Where: Tempe, Ariz. – Wells Fargo Arena (14,198) 

When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 9 p.m. CDT

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Live Stats: Live stats will be available at
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.

Cyclone Notebook

- All-American Kyven Gadson will be putting a 24-match dual win streak on the line. He is 24-0 in duals the last two seasons. 
- Gadson is the consensus No. 2 wrestler at 197 pounds in all the national rankings for the third consecutive week.
- No. 10 Michael Moreno leads the team in dual takedowns with 23 and is second in wins with 19.
- Boaz Beard is back in the lineup at 184 pounds for the Cyclones. Beard will face No. 18 Blake Stauffer on Saturday evening.
- Beard is fresh off a Grand View Open title after going 5-0 with two pins and two major decisions. Beard picked up four wins over Division I opponents in the tournament to help boost his RPI and win percentage against Division I competition.  
- Head coach Kevin Jackson is seeking his 50th career dual win this season and will look to inch closer Friday night. Jackson’s career record sits at 44-33. 
- Iowa State remained at18th in the latest USA Today/NWCA/AWN Coaches Poll with 237 points. The Cyclones have three duals remaining this season against top-10 opponents: at No. 9 Oklahoma State (Jan. 24), at No. 5 Northern Iowa (Feb. 7) and No. 4 Minnesota (Feb. 23). Click here to view the complete coaches poll. 
- Iowa State will be on the road for the remainder of year until its season finale on Feb. 23 with No. 4 Minnesota.

Last Time Out
- Iowa State was victorious in just one match, as No. 9 Oklahoma State handed ISU its first road loss of the season 29-3.
- The Cyclones lost two matches in overtime and two matches that came down to the wire in regulation.
- Kyven Gadson picked up his 24th straight dual win, downing OSU’s Kyle Crutchmer 3-1. The win pushed Gadson’s overall record this season to 17-2 and his dual record to 9-0.
- No. 10 Tanner Weatherman fell 6-4 to No. 2 Chris Perry, but had a strong showing against the 2013 174-pound NCAA champion. Weatherman scored two takedowns in the match, marking the first offensive points he’s scored against Perry in four career matches.

Scouting Arizona State
The Sun Devils are fresh off a 21-15 conference win over Pac-12 foe Boise State. The win pushed ASU passed the .500 mark overall as they improved to 6-5 in duals this season.
- ASU beat Old Dominion 21-15 at the Virginia Duals back on Jan. 11. The Sun Devils split matches with the Monarchs, but prevailed behind pins at 125 pounds and 157 pounds.
- Blake Stauffer is the lone ranked wrestler in ASU’s lineup. He’s No. 18 at 184 pounds in AWN’s latest individual poll.
- Stauffer went 22-5 last season and qualified for the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships at 174 pounds. He brings a 15-7 record into Saturday night’s contest.
- Sophomore Ray Waters will be wrestling for ASU at 174 pounds in place of injured Sun Devil Kevin Radford.

Series Notes vs. Arizona State
-Iowa State leads the all-time series with Arizona State 26-6.
-The Cyclones have won nine straight over the Sun Devils dating back to Nov. 24, 2004.
-ISU’s average margin of victory in the streak is 16.2 points.
-The last time Iowa State wrestled at Wells Fargo Arena, it downed Arizona State 25-14.
-Head coach Kevin Jackson is 4-0 all-time vs. Arizona State.

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