Cyclones send big numbers to the UNI Open


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Sam Colbray wrestles Sergio Villalobos during the Iowa State vs SIU-Edwardsville match in Stephens Auditorium Nov. 11. The Cyclones won nine of the 10 matches over the Cougars.

Trevor Holbrook

Iowa State went to Iowa City, Iowa, and gave the Hawkeyes all they could handle in a 19-18 dual in Iowa’s favor.

The Cyclones’ schedule granted a week between competition after the rivalry dual, but Iowa State jumps back into action on Saturday in the UNI Open at 9 a.m.

“[The UNI Open is] a great opportunity for the guys that obviously didn’t get to compete last weekend,” said Iowa State coach Kevin Dresser. “We’re probably not taking all of our 10 starters… We’re probably taking four or five [starters].”

Iowa State competes in two tournaments for the next three competitions with a dual against Ohio sandwiched in between.

Assistant coach Derek St. John elaborated more on the game plan for the Cyclone wrestlers at the UNI Open.

“The majority of the team will be unattached,” St. John said. “Obviously, every school gets to take six attached. We haven’t quite finalized that, but I’m sure you’ll see a couple of our starters, or guys that you usually see on weekends, compete for us up there as well.”

The tournament should provide plenty of solid competition for the Cyclones.

Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Wisconsin, South Dakota State, North Dakota State, Purdue, Northwestern, Indiana, Coe, Ellsworth, Iowa Central Community College, Luther and Wartburg are expected to attend the tournament, according to Northern Iowa.

Iowa State registered 22 athletes unattached and six athletes attached, as of Friday. The Cyclone Regional Training Center registered one athlete, as well.

The names of the athletes competing will be released at 8 a.m. on Saturday — an hour before the tournament begins.

Iowa State won’t have an opportunity to tack on a win to its 1-1 dual record, but the Cyclones will have more opportunities to wrestle at the UNI Open, including some of the younger wrestlers and back ups.

Along with more opportunities, the Cyclones and other teams can grasp a better feel for their level of conditioning with multiple matches packed in a day.

“I think I’ve obviously improved a lot since the beginning of the season — where I was condition-wise,” said redshirt sophomore Sam Colbray. “The whole match, whistle through whistle, is what our coaches tell us in practice… You’re going to be tired. Just wrestle, no matter what.”