Bracket breakdown: Looking at potential Cyclone opponents at Lindenwood


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Then-redshirt sophomore Alex Mackall wrestles Austin Macias during the Iowa State vs SIU-Edwardsville match Nov. 11, 2018, in Stephens Auditorium. The Cyclones won nine of the 10 matches over the Cougars.

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Iowa State wrapped up its dual schedule for November with its 37-3 win over Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Iowa State also featured some wrestlers at the Grand View Open last weekend. The Cyclones are back on the mat on Saturday with the Lindenwood Open at 9 a.m.

Tournaments are focused on good individuals meeting late in their brackets. Before the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open, the Iowa State Daily brokedown the Cyclones’ roster. For the Lindenwood Open, the Daily will point out potential tough competitors Cyclone wrestlers may face in each bracket.


Alex Mackall still remains as somewhat of an unknown for Iowa State fans. Mackall cruised in a small Cyclone Open bracket and picked up a two-point win in his lone dual match this season. It’ll still be tough to gauge Mackall, as the Lindenwood bracket doesn’t feature any big names at 125.


Austin Gomez could run into Illinois’ 133-pounder Dylan Duncan — the No. 17 133-pounder. In his lone non-redshirt season, Duncan secured a spot at the NCAA Championships.

Another noteworthy entry is 133-pounder Todd Small, who registered under the Cyclone-Regional Training Center.


Ian Parker and Ryan Leisure represent Iowa State at 141 pounds. Headlining the Lindenwood bracket is Missouri’s Jaydin Eierman — the No. 3 141-pounder.

The field also features a trio of Iowa Hawkeye wrestlers: Vince Turk, Carter Happel and Justin Stickley.


The biggest potential matchup for Jarrett Degen is a rematch with Missouri’s Brock Mauller. Mauller knocked off Degen at the Cyclone Open, 12-6.

Former Cyclone Gavin DeWitt will be wrestling for Maryville University.


The 157-pound bracket is another bracket that will be Hawkeye heavy. David Carr could match up with Jeren Glosser, Jeremiah Moody, Keegan Shaw and/or Preston Stephenson.

Carr knocked off Moody, 9-0, and Shaw, 6-3, at the Grandview Open.

Chase Straw — who sat out of the Cyclone Open — is not registered for the Lindenwood Open.


Iowa State has Brady Jennings registered for Lindenwood, but Skyler St. John — who hasn’t competed this season due to injury — isn’t. Jennings could wrestle SIUE’s Nate Higgins again.

Two of the top wrestlers at 165 is former Hawkeye and current Illinois wrestler Joey Gunther — the No. 14 165-pounder — and Missouri’s Connor Flynn — the No. 15 165-pounder.


Marcus Coleman should be one of the favorites at 174 and will likely face a handful of small school wrestlers. Outside of that, Missouri and Wisconsin are bringing one athlete, and Illinois is bringing two.


Sam Colbray, Danny Bush and Joel Shapiro will represent Iowa State, and the trio will likely bump into one another at some point. Illinois’ Emery Parker — the No. 2 184-pounder — is the big name in the pool.

Missouri’s Canten Marriott — No. 14 — is another one to watch.


Willie Miklus will be a favorite at 197 — the fifth best at the weight. Missouri, Illinois, Northwestern and Iowa are also sending wrestlers.


Gannon Gremmel and Ethan Andersen could hunt for an upset over Missouri’s Zach Elam — the 20th best heavyweight. Gremmel could also see Tommy Helton of SIUE for the second time this season.