Sunday’s victor takes a big step towards title

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The wrestling match between Iowa State and Oklahoma State on Sunday pits the eighth-ranked Cyclones against the seventh-rated Cowboys.

It projects to be a tightly contested competition, and the winner will take a huge step towards a conference championship.

“We want to be Big 12 champions,” Iowa State’s Kevin Jackson said Monday. “That’s our goal. That’s our plan.”

Oklahoma State has the same goal. They’ve won four of the last five conference titles.

“There are a number of swing matches,” Jackson said, as he listed 141, 157, 165 and 184.

Nearly half of the bouts, at least in Jackson’s estimation, are toss-ups. That’s quite a backdrop for this week’s dual.

  • Both schools list either/or competitors at 141 none of the contestants are nationally rated
  • Luke Goettl faces Anthony Collica in a battle of unranked wrestlers at 157
  • Fourth-ranked Mike Moreno meets undefeated and No. 1-ranked Alex Dieringer at 165
  • 17 Lelund Weatherspoon wrestles No. 15 Nolan Boyd at 184

It’s a terrific bout on paper.

“I think it comes at the right time in terms of another step competition wise,” Jackson said. “It’s an important dual. They’ve had a stranglehold on the conference.”

A victory Sunday would surely loosen the OSU league stranglehold just a bit.

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