Ian Parker (left) and Angelo Martinoni (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
A midweek treat aims to help us forget the matches that "were to be" as CSU Bakersfield travels to the heartland to face the #8 Cyclones of Iowa State. The late addition for both teams, scheduled for 5pm Pacific in Ames, Iowa (LIVE on ESPN+), provides the Roadrunners a serious tune-up ahead of the "Chippewa Challenge" event this weekend, when Central Michigan alum, Coach "Lightning" Luke Smith will introduce his Bakersfield team to his old stomping grounds in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, in the form of three duals against fellow Chippewa-led programs in Central Michigan, Campbell, and American. Before the Roadrunners can enjoy Smith's homecoming, however, they'll need to focus their efforts against a resurging Iowa State lineup that may feature as many as five returning NCAA qualifiers - a defending National Champion among them.
The Cyclones could potentially field eight-ranked competitors, with the marquee match likely to be at 141lbs, where #27 Angelo Martinoni of Bakersfield could square off against 3x NCAA Qualifier and sixth-year senior, #11 Ian Parker. #16 Chance Rich may have his work cut out for him against currently unranked but talented Ramazan Attasauov, a Russian-native who has brought a unique flair in his approach to American collegiate wrestling. Although Iowa State wrestlers are favored, on paper, at the majority of weights, it is also true that there are just as many opportunities for upsets on the part of the Roadrunners. Currently, unranked Albert Urias (174) has spent time in the national rankings this season and a quality victory over #20 Joel Devine would put him right back in the conversation, while Brock Rogers will have his hands full with a Hodge-hunting David Carr at 157lbs. To bookend the lineups, Eddie Flores (125) will have a quality opponent in #24 Kysen Terukina, while either Jake Andrews or Jacob Sieder will aim to take out #29 Sam Schuyler at heavyweight.
125: Eddie Flores (CSU Bakersfield) vs. #24 Kysen Terukina (Iowa State)
133: #16 Chance Rich vs. Ramazan Attasauov
141: #27 Angelo Martinoni OR Louie Ramos vs. #11 Ian Parker
149: Josh Brown vs. #23 Jarrett Degen
157: Brock Rogers vs. #1 David Carr
165: Augustine Garcia vs. Austin Kraisser OR Isaac Judge
174: Albert Urias vs. #20 Joel Devine OR Julien Broderson
184: Jacob Hansen vs. #9 Marcus Coleman
197: Josh Loomer OR Mateo Morales vs. #13 Yonger Bastida
285: Jake Andrews OR Jacob Sieder vs. #29 Sam Schuyler