By Sean Mael
Overall: To this point in the season Missouri has seen a lot tougher competition and I think that will factor in here, as well as the chance to get a match in and get a good rhythm going before the match against the Cyclones.
Iowa State will have a long time after weigh-ins to hydrate, eat and get big before wrestling Missouri and there are weights where that extended recovery time may factor in as well. The matches at 125, 141, 157, 174, 184, 197 and heavyweight will all be really pivotal matches for seeding in March.
Coach Dresser is a good coach and has built Iowa State into a really strong tournament team and right now they are projected to finish fifth in Flowrestling’s tournament rankings whereas Missouri is currently projected 17th. Missouri does have a lot more room for upward mobility in these rankings than Iowa State does.
This is a big dual for the Tigers and I think they will rise to the occasion and really put it on Iowa State. Last season Iowa State essentially sent a reserve team to the dual against Missouri in the Hearnes and wrestled a Last Chance Open at home to get most of their starters more matches before March.
This could certainly be perceived as a slight and I think Missouri will be excited to get a chance to wrestle them this season. This should be a fantastic dual meet and there will be several momentum shifts throughout. This dual will take place at 4pm Central time on ESPN3. All rankings utilized in this article are courtesy of Flowrestling.
#24 Connor Brown (3-1) vs. #7 Alex Mackall (3-0)
This match is an interesting contrast of styles. Brown is very aggressive in neutral and likes to get to low level singles and doubles and finishes cleanly, but also has some length to his build that helps him to be an excellent scrambler.
Mackall is very stocky and compact and prefers to get to a sweep single to set up his offense. Mackall can be punishing on top, as he has three victories by fall already this season, albeit against non-Division 1 opposition.
Iowa State to this point has wrestled a pretty soft schedule and will get their first D1 dual of the season in against the Tigers.