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    #5 Iowa State at #4 Oklahoma State Preview

    Typically, when we’re highlighting must-watch duals during the second half of the season they turn out to be Big Ten clashes. Not this week, as there’s a colossal, top-five matchup on tap for the Big 12. Fifth-ranked Iowa State goes on the road for the second leg of their visit to Oklahoma to take on the fourth-ranked Cowboys of Oklahoma State.

    Oklahoma State was also in action last night against a team from Iowa. Though Friday and Saturday’s duals were scheduled ahead of time, they’ve turned into a de facto mini-tournament. The Cowboys got by Northern Iowa and Iowa State thrashed Oklahoma, so now they’ll meet in one of the most-anticipated duals of the season. 

    At the beginning of the year, we may not have guessed that Iowa State/Oklahoma State would turn out to be a top-five clash; however, both teams have been slightly better than expected by the outside world. 

    Should all starters wrestle, this could be a dual that features ten bouts between ranked wrestlers. Half of those could feature top-ten wrestlers from both squads squaring off. Even though both teams attended the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (won by Iowa State), none of the wrestlers met at the event. With transfers in both lineups and some weight shifting in the offseason, we’ll have ten fresh, new matchups. 

    The action goes down at 7pm Eastern/6pm Central, so be sure to tune into ESPN+

    Below is a weight-by-weight look at the dual with predictions for each match and a projected team score.

    125 lbs - #25 Kysen Terukina (Iowa State) vs. #20 Troy Spratley (Oklahoma State)

    Right off the bat, we have a toss-up bout. Kysen Terukina started the year the same way his 2022-23 campaign began, with an impressive win over two-time All-American Eric Barnett (Wisconsin). Since then, he’s been good, not great, going 6-4 and 1-2 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Terukina comes into Oklahoma on a four-match winning streak, a span that includes a solid win over Midlands runner-up Eli Griffin (California Baptist). 

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