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Annual Cy-Hawk Rivalry Returns to Hilton

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Release: 11/30/2011
         
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NOTES  RYAK FINCH INTERVIEW    ANDREW SORENSON INTERVIEW    KEVIN JACKSON INTERVIEW

AMES, Iowa - The No. 23 Iowa State wrestling team plays host to No. 1 Iowa Sunday at 2 p.m. (CST) in Hilton Coliseum and will be televised live on Mediacom.

The Cyclones enter the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk series without a dual victory, while the Hawkeyes sport a 3-0 dual record. Iowa State is coming off two Big 12 duals against No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 11 Oklahoma.

The doors will open to the general public at 1 p.m., Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth (high school and younger). The Hilton Coliseum ticket office is located on the southwest corner of the facility.

Redshirt senior Andrew Sorenson leads the Cyclones this year at 165 pounds with a 9-0 overall record, 5-0 in duals. Sorenson has won five of his nine matches by either technical fall or pin.  

Iowa Staters Ryak Finch at 125 and Boaz Beard at 184 enter Sunday's competition with 4-1 dual records. Finch upset Oklahoma State's Ladd Rupp in the Big 12 opener of the season and will face Iowa's No. 1 Matt McDonough on the mat. Beard leads the Cyclones in takedowns this season with 13 and is coming off a win over Oklahoma's Erich Schmidtke. Beard, ranked 15th nationally, will face off against either Jeremy Fahler or Vinnie Wagner for the Hawkeyes.

Iowa State's Chris Spangler remains ranked in the top 10 at 174 pounds after two Big 12 victories in Iowa State's duals against No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 11 Oklahoma last weekend. Spangler came out on fire against Sooner grappler Chase Nelson and led the match 7-1 one minute into the first period. The redshirt junior held off Nelson's attempted comeback for a 12-11 decision. Against Oklahoma State's Chris McNeil, Spangler scored a 9-5 decision. Spangler will have another battle against No. 6 Ethen Lofthouse Sunday, who is 7-1 overall this season.

Eight Iowa wrestlers are ranked in the top 20 of their weight division and seven returning Hawkeyes were NCAA qualifiers last season. McDonough was the national runner-up in 2011 at 125 and owns a 64-3 career record. Grant Gambrall placed third at 184 at NCAA Championships last season and posted a 25-8 record. As a team, the Hawkeyes placed third at the 2011 NCAA Championships, behind Cornell and Penn State.

Who: Iowa State (0-5 dual competition, 0-2 Big 12) vs. Iowa (3-0 dual competition)
Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum
When: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m. CST
TV: Mediacom (10-min break after five matches)
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at www.trackwrestling.com
Webcast: Available for Clone Zone members on cyclones.com

Live Blog: Join members of the Iowa State athletics communications staff for a virtual press row with live updates of the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk series wrestling match. Fans are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the interactive blog at www.cyclones.com. The blog will begin approximately 15 minutes before the meet.

Cyclone Notebook:
  - Five Cyclones are ranked by Intermat in this week's poll.
   No. 5 Andrew Sorenson (165)
   No. 10 Chris Spangler (174)
   No. 10 Ryak Finch (125)
   No. 15 Boaz Beard (184)
   No. 19 Matt Gibson (HWT)
-Two Cyclone grapplers are 4-1 in dual meets this year.
- At 174, Chris Spangler is ranked 10th by Intermat and is undefeated in Big 12 competition this season.

Iowa State probables:
125: Ryak Finch, RFr., 8-1
133: Shayden Terukina, Fr., 4-3
141: Luke Goettl, RFr., 0-2 or RJ Hallman, RFr., 2-2
149: Joey Cozart, RFr., 7-3
157: Michael Moreno, RFr., 0-3
165: Andrew Sorenson, RSr., 9-0
174: Chris Spangler, RJr., 2-1
184: Boaz Beard, RSo., 5-3
197: Cole Shafer, RSo., 5-3
285: Matt Gibson, RJr., 8-1

Iowa probables:
125: Matt McDonough, Jr., 8-0
133: Tony Ramos, So., 8-0
141: Montell Marion, Sr., 7-0
149: Jacob Ballweg, RFr., 7-3 or Mark Ballweg, Jr., 5-0 or Dylan Carew, So., 1-0
157: Derek st. John. So., 8-0
165: Mike Evans, RFr., 8-0
174: Ethen Lofthouse, So., 8-0
184: Jeremy Fahler, RFr., 5-1 or Vinnie Wagner, Sr., 1-0
197: Grant Gambrall, Jr., 1-0 or Tomas Lira, So., 7-2
285: Bobby Telford, RFr., 7-0

Iowa State vs. Iowa Series Notes
 - This is the 78th meeting between Iowa State and Iowa.
- Iowa leads the all-time series over Iowa State, 59-16-2.

Scouting University of Iowa
- Iowa is the nation's No. 1 team this season with a dual record of 3-0.
- The Hawkeyes have won 80 straight duals and Tom Brands recently earned his 100th victory at the helm of the program.
- Four Hawkeyes earned All-America honors last season including Matt McDonough at 125, Grant Gambrall at 184, Montell Marion at 141 and Derek St. John at 157.
- Eight individuals are ranked in the top 20 of their respective weight classes.

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