National Duals: Northwestern Preview

The Iowa State wrestling team opens the National Duals Saturday morning in Cedar Falls with a tough draw. The 8th ranked Cyclones face off against a tough Northwestern team that finds itself ranked 13th midway through the season.

The Cyclones have had mixed results early in the season but are quickly becoming more consistent up and down the lineup.  Nate Gallick leads the Cyclones and is looking to complete another undefeated regular season.  The top-ranked 141-pounder according to Amateur Wrestling News is 19-0 and will face 6th ranked Ryan Lang.


Northwestern is lead by super sophomore Jake Herbert.  Ranked second, Herbert has accumulated 17 wins against zero losses – a slight improvement so far from his 33-3 record that earned him third at the 2005 national tournament.  Herbert has a great combination of speed and strength and is a tough draw for any wrestler.


The "X-Factor" of the dual could be Trent Paulson.  He has shown signs of maturity this year as he looks to improve on a fourth place finish at the national tournament last season.  Ranked 2nd, he has beaten rival Joe Johnston twice thus far.  His biggest obstacle to this date has been illness.  He was sidelined for the Midlands Championships and hasn't wrestled since.


I predict Iowa State will advance not on the shoulders of Gallick, but rather Trent and Kurt Backes.  After being pinned by C.B Dolloway at the Sun Devil Duals and falling significantly in the rankings, Backes should come out strong-willed against 9th ranked Mike Tamillow.  The Cyclones will take their knocks, especially at 125 and heavyweight, but they should have enough firepower to come out on top.




125     John Velez (NU) maj. dec. Ben Hanisch (ISU)
133     Jesse Sundell (ISU) dec. Daniel Quintela (NU)
141     Nate Gallick (ISU) dec. Ryan Lang (NU)

149     Aron Scott (ISU) dec. Jimmy Kim (NU)
157     Trent Paulson (ISU) dec. Greg Hagel (NU)

165     Travis Paulson (ISU) dec. Will Durkee (NU)
174     Jake Herbert (NU) maj. dec. David Bertolino (NU)
184     Kurt Backes (ISU) dec. Mike Tamillow (NU)
197     Matt Delguyd (NU) dec. Joe Curran (ISU)
HWT   Dustin Fox (NU) fall Richard Schopf (ISU)

Final Score:


ISU 18

Northwestern 17

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