Wrestling vs. Cal Poly Preview

Iowa State will look to bounce back from some tough losses Sunday when they take on Cal Poly. Here is a preview of what will happen on Sunday.

Bobby Douglas and his #7 ranked Iowa State Cyclones (3-2) are eager to bounce

back from two tough losses 21-15 to Iowa and 21-13 to Minnesota as they get

ready to take on the Cal-Poly Mustangs. The Cyclones had a chance to beat

Minnesota in the last match of the night as Jesse Sundell (133) put 3rd ranked

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 Iowa State while wrestling with

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.


Iowa State is attempting to get some much needed mat experience for some young

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. Iowa

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.

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