Iowa and Iowa State finish their wrestling seasons against one another Sunday for the first time since 1998 with a 2 p.m. CT dual at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
The Hawkeyes (11-3) have won 13 straight Cy-Hawk wrestling competitions against the Cyclones (8-9). The schools compete for the Dan Gable Traveling Trophy, which has resided in Iowa City since its inception in 2010. Gable won two national titles as a collegiate wrestler at Iowa State before leading the Hawkeyes to 15 national titles in his 21 seasons as head coach.
It’s always an intense dual between the rivals despite the recent imbalance.
“One of the biggest memories that comes to mind is I remember on my mom’s birthday one year we came down to Carver and watched the Iowa-Iowa State dual,” said Iowa 141-pound freshman Carter Happel. “I think it was in early December that year. It was the duals that set the attendance record that year. It’s always a good atmosphere. It’s a big in-state rivalry. It’s something to look forward to.”
Iowa-Iowa State wrestling: Time, TV channel
Time: 2 p.m. CT
Date: Sunday, Feb. 18
Location: Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa
Rankings: Iowa (11-3) is ranked No. 7; Iowa State (8-9) is unranked
How can I watch Iowa wrestling vs. Iowa State on TV?
Cyclones.TV will provide coverage on Mediacom Communications throughout Iowa.
How can I watch Iowa wrestling vs. Iowa State online?
Cyclones.TV will stream the dual.
How can I listen to Iowa wrestling vs. Iowa State on the radio?
For Iowa wrestling, 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) is the flagship station.
Who is calling the Iowa wrestling vs. Iowa State meet?
Steven Grace handles play-by-play while two-time NCAA champion Mark Ironside adds analysis for KXIC. Tom Kroeschell and Kyven Gadson call the action for Cyclones.TV.
How can I buy tickets for Iowa wrestling vs. Iowa State?
Click here for ticket information from TicketCity.com.
Iowa wrestling vs. Iowa State key matchup
133: Paul Glynn (Iowa) vs. No. 18 Markus Simmons (Iowa State)
This is the type of match Paul Glynn needs to win at the Big Ten Tournament next month to earn a spot at the NCAAs and pick up points for the Hawkeyes. Glynn (7-9) has wrestled tough against many ranked opponents and scored an upset two weeks against Northwestern. Markus Simmons (21-13) is unranked but a quality opponent.
On another note, both are sophomores so this matchup could take place for a few more seasons.
Iowa wrestling vs. Iowa State probable lineups
Weight: Iowa State vs. Iowa
125: Sinjin Briggs (1-13) vs. No. 3 Spencer Lee (13-1)
133: Markus Simmons (21-13) vs. Paul Glynn (7-9)
141: No. 18 Ian Parker (17-6) vs. Vince Turk (8-6)/Carter Happel (11-7)
149: Jarrett Degen (17-7) vs. No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (18-1)
157: Chase Straw (15-12) vs. No. 2 Michael Kemerer (19-0)
165: Sklyer St. John (8-8)/Brady Jennings (14-8) vs. No. 2 Alex Marinelli (13-0)
174: Danny Bush (14-14) vs. Joey Gunther (12-4)/Kaleb Young (9-7)
184: Dane Pestano (18-10) vs. Mitch Bowman (10-8)
197: Sam Colbray (13-11) vs. No. 8 Cash Wilcke (15-4)
HWT: Marcus Harrington (20-10) vs. No. 5 Sam Stoll (15-2)
Iowa-Iowa State wrestling: Preview
owa State is led by former Iowa NCAA champion Kevin Dresser, who is in his first season with the Cyclones. Former Iowa wrestlers Mike Zadick, Derek St. John and Brent Metcalf are Dresser’s assistants. Metcalf won two NCAA titles with Iowa, St. John won one and was a four-time All-American, and Zadick was a three-time All-American.
In his weekly news conference, Dresser said the atmosphere should be intense and generate fan interest.
“There’s nothing bigger than bringing Iowa to [Ames] in terms of that,” Dresser said. “We hope we have a lot. We want to get the best teams here in Hilton. When the best teams show up, the fans show up with it. It’s a great test for our team going into the Big 12s.
“Anytime it’s Iowa-Iowa State it’s going to be a little animated and little bit more smoke and fire with it.”
As for the dual itself, Iowa clearly is the better team. The Hawkeyes boast six wrestlers ranked in the top 10, while the Cyclones have just one ranked in the top 20.
“I think it’s more of an individual measuring stick than a team measuring stick,” Dresser said. “Let’s face it. On paper they’re supposed to slam us, slaughter us, and all the other S-words.”
“Perspective-wise, you keep an even outlook or even approach,” Iowa coach Tom Brands said. “We know each other well, and I don’t think there’s a lot that will change with our guys. I think the fans have definitely gotten an upgrade with the interest level.”