Cyclones Welcome Fifth-Ranked Minnesota to Town Sunday
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State wrestling team starts off one of its toughest weeks of the season facing fifth-ranked Minnesota. The 16th ranked Cyclones will put their 6-4 dual record on the line at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hilton Coliseum.
Sun., Jan. 16 - 2 p.m.
Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum
Live Stats available at cyclones.com
The Cyclones are 6-4 in dual competition so far this year, with victories over Virginia Tech, Kent State, Boston University, Old Dominion, Northern Illinois and American.
Iowa State placed eighth at the National Duals, Jan. 8-9 in the UNI-Dome.
Chris Drouin (141-lbs.) and Chris Spangler (165-lbs.) joined Jon Reader on the stand at Midlands with fourth and sixth place finishes. Iowa State placed eighth as a team.
Jon Reader (174-lbs) has a 23-0 record this season, and has won titles at the Hokie Open, the Harold Nichols Open and the Midlands Championships. Reader is also the top-ranked wrestler in the country according to Intermat.com
Iowa State boasts a line-up that includes six wrestlers rated in the top 20 of their respective weight classes.
The Cyclones claimed four titles at the Harold Nichols Open only two days after defeating Boston University by a score of 32-12.
Matt Gibson (HWT) and Jon Reader were both crowned champions at the Hokie Open.
In his first appearance in Hilton Coliseum, sophomore Patrick Hunter (125-lbs) sent the crowd to its feet with a second-period pin against Boston University.
Drouin, Andrew Sorenson (165-lbs.), Reader, Jerome Ward (197-lbs) and Kyle Simonson (HWT) are all ranked in the top-20 in the country.
Iowa State vs. Minnesota Series Notes
Iowa State leads the all-time series against the Gophers 44-14-2.
The last meeting between the two teams was won by the Cyclones 19-16 in Minneapolis, Minn. Iowa State has won three straight matches against Minnesota.
Scouting the Golden Gophers
The Gophers line-up contains All-Americans Zach Sanders (125-lbs) and Mike Thorn (141 lbs).
Thorn is currently rated 2/3 in the country and was the runner-up at the Southern Scuffle. Sanders is rated fifth in the country and was also the runner-up at the Southern Scuffle.
Cody Yohn (165-lbs), Scott Glasser (174-lbs), Kevin Steinhaus (184-lbs) and Tony Nelson (HWT) are all currently rated among the top-10 in the nation in their respective weight classes.
Minnesota placed fourth at the National Duals Jan. 8-9 with close losses to top-ranked Cornell and Wisconsin.