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InterMat Preseason Poll Pegs Cyclones At No. 8

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Release: 10/08/2013
         
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AMES, Iowa – More preseason honors continued to roll in today for the Iowa State wrestling team, as InterMat released its 2013-14 preseason team and individual rankings.

The Cyclones are slotted at No. 8 in the team poll, tied with Wisconsin at 35 points.

Iowa State’s 2013-14 schedule looks to be one of the toughest in the country, as four of the five top schools in the team rankings are on the Cyclones’ dual slate.

In-state rival Iowa is slotted at No. 2 in the team poll and Big 12 foes Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are tied at the No. 4 slot. Preseason No. 3 Minnesota heads to Hilton Coliseum on Feb. 23 to round out the Cyclones’ dual schedule.

Five Cyclones are ranked in the individual rankings with two finding homes in the top-four of their respective weights. 2013 All-Americans Kyven Gadson and Michael Moreno lead the way, as Gadson is ranked No. 3 at 197 pounds and Moreno is No. 4 at 197 pounds.

Two more ISU grapplers are ranked in the top-10. Three-time NCAA-qualifier Boaz Board is ranked No. 7 at 184 pounds. Fellow 2013 NCAA-qualifier Tanner Weatherman joins him in the top-10, as he’s slotted at No. 9 at 174 pounds. Weatherman knocked off two seeded wrestlers at last year’s NCAA tournament as a freshman, falling just short of All-America honors in the round of 12.

Junior Luke Goettl, a native of Clarkdale, Ariz., is the final Cyclone to crack the top-20 of InterMat’s preseason individual rankings. Goettl, a two-time NCAA-qualifier at 141 pounds, is ranked No. 19 at 149 pounds.

Iowa State opens the season on Nov. 7, as it takes on Drexel and Grand View in a double dual at Hilton Coliseum.

For InterMat’s complete team rankings, click here. For InterMat’s full list of individual rankings, click here

InterMat Team Rankings:

1. Penn State        
2. Iowa                       
3. Minnesota  
4T. Oklahoma State
4T. Oklahoma
6. Oregon State
7. Nebraska
8T. Iowa State
8T. Wisconsin
10. Edinboro
11T. Ohio State
11T. Cornell
13. Illinois
14. Virginia Tech
15. Michigan
16. Maryland
17. Missouri
18T. Northern Iowa
18T. Northwestern
20. Boise State
21. North Carolina
22T. Pittsburgh
22T. Virginia
24. North Dakota State
25. Stanford 

         

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