Iowa State Wrestling Opens Big 12 Schedule Against Sooners
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State wrestling team will get its first taste of official Big 12 competition Friday at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones are taking on the seventh-rated Oklahoma Sooners.
Fri., Jan. 21 - 7 p.m.
Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum
Live Stats and Live Blog will be available on cyclones.com
Cyclone Notebook***************** ****************
The Cyclones are 6-5 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.
Jon Reader (174-lbs) has a 24-0 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
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 finished in eighth place as a team.
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. Oklahoma Series Notes
Iowa State leads the all-time series against the Sooners 48-33-4.
The last meeting between the two teams was won by the Cyclones 21-12 in Norman, Okla. Iowa State has won eight straight matches against Oklahoma.
Scouting the Sooners
The Sooners line-up contains seven top-20 wrestlers. They are: Jarrod Patterson (125), Jordan Keller (133), Zack Bailey (141), Chase Nelson (157), Tyler Caldwell (165), Eric Schmidtke (184), and Nathan Fernandez (HWT).
Oklahoma is currently 6-1 in dual meets with wins over Central Oklahoma, Buffalo, Arizona State, Oklahoma City, North Carolina State and Navy.
Bailey and Caldwell were 2010 NCAA All-Americans, placing fourth and fifth respectively.