Dean Hamiti (left) and David Carr (photos courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Saturday's â€œBattle in the River Cityâ€ in Jacksonville, Florida will be headlined by a dual between #10 Wisconsin and #13 Iowa State. These are two programs with sky-high aspirations heading into the 2022-23 campaign, and why not? The squads combined to post a 27-3 dual record last year and could send out eight wrestlers that have earned NCAA All-American honors at least once.
Below is a weight-by-weight breakdown of this week's â€œDual of the Weekâ€ between a pair of top-15 teams, Wisconsin and Iowa State.
#24 Kysen Terukina (Iowa State) vs. #6 Eric Barnett (Wisconsin)
We've got a solid match to start with at 125 lbs between a pair of multiple-time national qualifiers. Though Kysen Terukina is ranked 24th, he's been a giant killer and has some excellent wins on his resume. Last year, within a few days of each other, Terukina defeated a pair of top-ten opponents in Killian Cardinale (West Virginia) and Trevor Mastrogiovanni (Oklahoma State). Terukina has the ability to pull off a win over Eric Barnett, he just needs to find a way to be more consistent. Barnett had some of those same problems in 2021, losing 8 of 19 bouts; however, he put it together and made the NCAA podium for the first time. Last year, Barnett got into a groove and beat the guys you would expect him to and mixed in some great wins along the way. He downed Michael DeAugustino (Northwestern) to make the Big Ten finals and earned the sixth seed at nationals. Barnett went on to earn All-American honors for a second time with a seventh-place showing in Detroit.
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