The annual wrestling dual between the University of Iowa and Iowa State University is Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The fourth-ranked Hawkeyes have won the last eight duals between the two storied college wrestling programs, posting a 7-0 mark the previous six seasons under head coach Tom Brands. The Cyclones last win was a 19-16 victory on Dec. 5, 2004.
Iowa is 3-0, while Iowa State lost to Old Dominion on Sunday.
Brands said the focus can’t be on results leading up to the dual. The setback Sunday can be used as a motivation for competitors, looking for redemption. The Hawkeyes know they have to be ready for “Big intrastate match” with the Cyclones.
Listen to Brands discuss Iowa State and how this year’s version isn’t quite the same as it was when they represented the top two teams in the country.
Brands also discuss the situation at 174 pounds. According to Brands, Gambrall will wrestle, but Evans will weigh in and dress for the Iowa State dual. He is looking for someone to emerge as a front-runner for the starting spot. They haven’t faced each other head-to-head yet.
Evans dropped back to 165 pounds at the start of the season, but the 2012 NCAA qualifier wrestled at 174 Saturday and won a match against Cornell College. Brands said Evans dropped weight too fast and it affected his body. Evans has grown since last year and getting back down will involve increased discipline and more of a process. Nick Moore has wrestled at 165 and shows promise, notching three falls Saturday.