Fourteen Cyclones set to compete in Southern Scuffle

Redshirt Freshman Gannon Gremmel wrestles Tommy Helton durring the Iowa State vs SIU-Edwarsville match in Stephens Auditorium Nov. 11. The Cyclones won nine of the ten matches over the Cougars.

Trevor Holbrook

The Cyclone wrestling program jumped out to a much better start in year two under Kevin Dresser compared to year one.

Iowa State’s gone 2-1 in duals early in the 2018-19 season with the loss coming via a one-point dual at Iowa. The Cyclones started 0-4 in duals last season.

With the increased success, Iowa State finds its next test in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 1-2.

The Scuffle marks one of the more competitive tournaments with nine teams ranked inside the top 25.

Iowa State originally registered 16 athletes, but redshirt senior 197-pounder Willie Miklus and freshman David Carr withdrew because of illness.

Competing for Iowa State will be Alex Mackall (125), Austin Gomez (133), Ian Parker (141), Ryan Leisure (141), Jarrett Degen (149), Chase Straw (157), Marcus Coleman (174), Sam Colbray (184), Danny Bush (184), Kaden Sauer (197) and Gannon Gremmel (285).

Along with the attached wrestlers, Todd Small (133), Joel Shapiro (184) and Francis Duggan (285) will wrestle unattached. 

A handful of Cyclones also received pre-seeds in the tournament. The highest pre-seed was Gomez at No. 2.

Degen secured the No. 3 pre-seed, and Colbray and Parker snagged No. 4 pre-seeds.

Mackall grabbed the No. 6 pre-seed, and Coleman earned the No. 8 pre-seed.