Bobby Douglas and his #7 ranked Iowa State Cyclones (3-2) are eager to bounce
back from two tough losses 21-15
ready to take on the Cal-Poly Mustangs. The Cyclones had a chance to beat
Mack Reiter on his back but was not able to get it done and lost a tight match
in the end.
The #23 Mustangs (2-0) bring a familiar face to Hilton Coliseum in assistant
coach Joe Heskett for a 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon start. Heskett was a four-time
All-American and 2002 NCAA
champion for the
now Cyclone assistant coach Cael Sanderson. It will be interesting to see the
impact that Heskett has had already on the Cal-Poly program as they try to
stay undefeated on the season.
wrestlers before going into the Midlands Wrestling Tournament (Dec. 29-
"We are trying to be more well-rounded (this year) but we make our living
at the tournaments," said head coach Bobby Douglas.
These duel meets are the kind of experience and atmosphere that are going to get those young wrestlers ready for tournament time and specifically the NCAA Tournament in March.
One of those young wrestlers that will be counted on to make an impact is true
freshman, Joe Curran (197). Curran hopes to pull the upset against 9th ranked
Matt Manteiro and he has the stuff to do it.
The featured match will be #5 Kurt
Backes and #11 Ryan Halsey at 184 lbs.
State is outmatched at some of the lighter weights with the Mustangs bringing
#7 Chad Mendes (125) and #2 Darrell Vasquez (133) to the table so they are
counting on their veterans to get the job done and show some of the young guys
the way to go.