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Duals of the Week: #9 Iowa State at #2 Iowa

All-Americans Yonger Bastida (left) and Jacob Warner at the 2021 CyHawk Dual (photos courtesy of Mark Lundy; LutteLens.com)


Recently, Iowa has dominated the annual Cy-Hawk rivalry match against their in-state rivals. The Hawkeyes are favored once again this year, but Iowa State is probably closer than they have been in several seasons. The following is a match-by-match preview of the dual. Will Iowa State finally get a win or will it be 18 straight victories for Iowa?

125: Aidan Harris (Iowa) vs. No. 19 Kysen Terukina (Iowa State)

The good news for Iowa is that they have the top-ranked 125-pound wrestler in the country on their roster. The bad news is that he is still on the comeback from injury and was not listed as probable for this dual. Harris has been filling in so far this season. This is his first year with the Hawkeyes after spending two years at Iowa Central, where he was an NJCAA All-American. So far this season, he has lost all four of his matches and given up bonus points twice.

Terukina is in his third season as a starter for the Cyclones, and he has qualified for the last two NCAA tournaments. This season has gotten off to an interesting start. In his very first match of the year, he upset No. 9 Eric Barnett (Wisconsin) in sudden victory. However, the following week, Terukina dropped a decision against No. 32 Eli Griffin (California Baptist).

Based on the early season results, Terukina will be the heavy favorite in this contest. The Cyclones would love to tack on some bonus points here as well. However, Terukina has only been able to win with bonus against three Division I opponents in his career.

While Harris was listed, don't totally rule out a return by Spencer Lee. If the dual is close and 125 ends up being one of the final weights, I could see Lee making his season debut.

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