California Baptist 184 lber Caden Gerlach (photos courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
It's week two of the college wrestling season and after a great start for the Big 12 with North Dakota State and Iowa State knocking off Nebraska and Wisconsin, some other conference squads have a shot to make their mark for the conference. Let's dive in and look at the slate for this week and some of the highlights for the conference.
Lots of Tournaments
The first week of wrestling in the Big 12 had some big-time duals that became the talk of wrestling over the weekend. This week it's a lot more tournament heavy with seven schools competing in tournaments.
California Baptist makes official Big 12 debut
California Baptist is going to have their hands full on the road vs. an Iowa State team that crushed a very good Wisconsin last week. Regardless, it's a monumental moment for them and for the conference to have their first dual in conference against a Big 12 opponent. Oh, and they travel to #2 Iowa.
Oklahoma (State) takes on Lehigh
The entire state of Oklahoma will be wrestling Lehigh on Saturday. The Mountain Hawks already have two duals, and two wins, under their belts and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will be wrestling their first of the season.
This is a tough road test for two of the more prominent Big 12 programs who both have other duals that same day.
Northern Colorado at Binghamton could be a great one
This one doesn't have the brand name power of some of the other duals nationally, but Northern Colorado-Binghamton is quietly a really good matchup. You've got 5-6 weights that could go either way, 2-3 where each school will really want bonus, and all that sets up for a potentially very good matchup. I could easily see this going down to the wire and being one of the more exciting duals in college wrestling this weekend.