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Big 12 Weekend Preview (12/2-12/5)

Wyoming NCAA qualifier Hayden Hastings (photo courtesy of Mark Lundy; LutteLens.com)


All times Eastern

Friday 12/3

California Baptist, Northern Colorado, Oklahoma, South Dakota State, Utah Valley, Wyoming at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Las Vegas, NV, 12:00 PM
Western Colorado at Air Force, 9:00 PM
California Baptist at North Dakota State, 2:00 PM

Saturday 12/4

California Baptist, Northern Colorado, Oklahoma, South Dakota State, Utah Valley, Wyoming at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Las Vegas, NV, 11:00 AM
Northern Iowa at Missouri, 2:00 PM
North Dakota State vs. Augustana (S.D.) at Sioux Falls, SD, 2:00 PM
Northern Iowa vs. Virginia Tech at Missouri, 4:00 PM
Virginia Tech at Missouri, 7:00 PM

Sunday 12/5

West Virginia at Ohio, 1:00 PM
Iowa at Iowa State, 7:00 PM

What I'm Most Excited For: Cliff Keen Vegas Invitational: Huge Big 12 contingency heads to Vegas to take on a deep field of teams at the Cliff Keen tournament. For some of these teams we could see some "under the radar" guys emerge and finish high on the podium here. You've got really deep weight classes like 125, 141, 165, 174, and 197 that all have title contenders from the Big 12 conference, and a lot more to follow. This should be a solid tournament.

Best Dual: Virginia Tech at Missouri

There's a lot of debate in the college wrestling world over who is the #2 conference? The Big Ten is #1 with a bullet, and there's no debate surrounding that, but you could make arguments for the Big 12 and ACC to battle it out for the #2 spot. Here's the chance for Missouri to make a statement for the conference they just returned to. Tech is one of the top teams in the ACC and Missouri was who I had as the preseason favorite in the Big 12. Should be a really good dual.

Honorable Mention: Iowa at Iowa State

Iowa's going to be the heavy favorite here, but never discount a rivalry like Iowa-Iowa State. Should be a great atmosphere and environment, with some good individual matchups, and a few that do favor Iowa State.

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