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#2 Iowa Hawkeyes vs #7 Iowa State Wrestling Preview And Projected Matchups

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For the 18th consecutive year, the Cy-Hawk Series will go down this Sunday afternoon. The Cyclones will look to get their first dual win over the Hawkeyes since 2004, as the Hawkeyes hold a 16-1 lead in Cy-Hawk Series duals. There are a few matchups that could swing this dual either way, as the Hawkeyes are still without 2x Hodge Trophy winner and 3x National Champion Spencer Lee, and 2x All-American Real Woods.

Projected Matchups:

125 – Spencer Lee/Aidan Harris vs. Kysen Terukina

Although there is a chance Spencer Lee could make his 2022-2023 season debut, it is likely the Hawkeyes will look towards Aidan Harris (0-4) at 125 pounds. For the Cyclones, they’ll send out Kysen Terukina (3-1), who had an impressive 2021-2022 sophomore season. Terukina was a 2022 NCAA Qualifier, and had notable wins over No. 6 Trevor Mastrogiovanni (Oklahoma State) and No. 5 Killian Cardinale (West Virginia).

133 – Cullan Schriever vs. Ramazan Attasauov

Finishing third at the Big-12 Championships last season, Ramazan Attasauouv (4-0) has continued to look sharp into the 2022-2023 season. However, Cullan Schriever (8-1) is not someone to overlook as he has looked dominant to start this year. Schriever dropped his first match of the season to Penn’s No. 14 Michael Colaiocco by a 6-0 decision. Anticipate this 133lb bout to be a close match, as both wrestlers have had a hot start to the new season.

141 – Real Woods/Drew Bennett vs Casey Swiderski

It is doubtful Real Woods will wrestle in a Hawkeye singlet for this first time this Sunday, but Drew Bennett (3-2) has been a consistent option for Brands and company. For the Cyclones, true Freshman Casey Swiderski (4-0) will look to improve on his blistering hot start to the 2022-2023 season. Swiderski was the No. 3 recruit in the 2022 recruiting class, and was also Iowa State’s first commit of the year. Lookout for Swiderski and his ultra-aggressive offensive style to put some bonus points up for the Cyclones if Real Woods does not make his debut.

149 – Max Murin vs. Paniro Johnson

In potentially one of the biggest swing matches of the dual, the Cyclones No. 9 Paniro Johnson (4-0) will take on Hawkeyes No. 6 Max Murin (5-0). After gray-shirting in the 2021-2022 season, Freshman Paniro Johnson started off this season by taking out No. 2 Austin Gomez at the Battle In The River Duals. Since then, Johnson has not looked back and continues his undefeated season. Similarly, Max Murin looks to keep his undefeated season alive and just recently had a top 10 win over Penn’s No. 10 Doug Zapf, 6-4 in sudden victory. Expect this bout to go down to the wire and earn one of the teams a big win at 149 pounds.

157 – Cobe Siebrecht vs. Jason Kraisser

Last weekend, Hawkeyes’ No. 21 Cobe Siebrecht (4-0) pinned Penn’s No. 14 Anthony Artalona to seal Iowa’s 26-11 dual over Penn. Siebrecht looks to bring more fireworks to the Cyclones in a bout where the Hawkeyes could use bonus points. Iowa State’s Jason Kraisser looks towards his fifth bout of his senior season, coming off a redshirt year in the 2021-2022 season. This matchup could go either way, and will be one to keep a close eye on this Sunday.

165 – Patrick Kennedy vs. David Carr

Iowa’s Patrick Kennedy (4-0) has been nothing but a buzzsaw to start his true freshman season, but now faces his first top 25 ranked opponent in No. 3 David Carr (5-0). Carr, a 3x All-American and 2021 National Champion at 157 pounds, has bumped up to 165 for the 2022-2023 season, and has already proved he belongs well within the top 5 wrestlers in the country at 165. Last week at the NWCA All Star Classic, Carr took out Princeton’s No. 1 Quincy Monday in a 2-1 victory. Although Carr is still one of the best wrestlers in the country, Patrick Kennedy has won all of his matches this year by bonus points and could pose a threat to the Cyclones at 165.

174 – Nelson Brands vs Julien Broderson

Iowa’s Nelson Brands (1-0) made some noise last weekend in returning to the mat for the Hawkeyes for first time this season, taking out Penn’s No. 19 Nick Incontrera in a 5-1 decision. For the Cyclones, Julien Broderson (6-0) will make the start at 174, after beating out teammate Joel Divine for the starting job at the Cyclone Open earlier this season. Broderson will have his toughest opponent of the year so far when he faces Brands, however don’t be surprised if this match is closer than some may think.

184 – Abe Assad vs Marcus Coleman

After finishing seventh in the NCAA tournament in 2021, Iowa State’s Marcus Coleman (5-0) continues to wrestle like he belongs on the podium. Along with his seventh place trophy at the NCAA’s, Coleman also brought home a third place medal at the Big-12 Championships last year. Picking up where he left off, Coleman continues to rise in the 184 pound rankings. However, the Hawkeyes Abe Assad has always been a tough opponent. Assad finished seventh at the Big-10 Championships last year, and finished the year with a 14-10 record. Injuries have prevented Assad from some big opportunities, but now he has his shot to make a statement.

197 – Jacob Warner vs. Yonger Bastida

This matchup could act as a main event for this years Cy-Hawk Series, as both wrestlers are currently ranked in the top 10 at 197 pounds. Hawkeyes’ No. 4 Jacob Warner officially comes into the contest with a 4-0 record, however dropped a sudden victory decision to Missouri’s No. 2 Rocky Elam, 8-6 at the NWCA All Star Classic. Either way, Warner is a 4x All-American and 2022 NCAA finalist who has been at the top of the weight class for the past four years, and will be an issue for anyone in his way. For the Cyclones, Yonger Bastida (5-0) had a super impressive 2022 NCAA tournament, finishing fifth. A week prior to placing fifth at the Big-12 Championships, Bastida won four consecutive bouts in the consolation bracket to earn a fifth place NCAA trophy. Both are undefeated this season, and will be one of the most anticipated matches of this rivalry.

285 – Tony Cassioppi vs Sam Schuyler

To end the dual, Iowa’s No. 3 Tony Cassioppi will be back out on the mat after dropping a 8-5 decision to Penn State’s No. 2 Greg Kirkvliet at the NWCA All Star Classic last week. Cassioppi did compete in Iowa’s dual meet against Penn on the 26th, and won by major decision over Penn’s Ben Goldin 9-0. This bout could be another bonus point opportunity for the Hawkeyes, however Cyclone’s Sam Schuyler (5-0) being undefeated on the season. Schuyler placed an impressive fourth at the Big-12 Championships last year, and is slowly creeping into the top 15 at 285.

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Cael Turnbull
Cael Turnbull
Journalism Major at Temple University Graduating in May of 2023

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