AMES — In the last few seasons, Iowa State coaches hyped up the Iowa-Iowa State dual in the wrestling room.
They tried to use it as extra motivation to get their guys to wrestle harder.
Heavyweight Marcus Harrington believes that ultimately hurt the program.
“We used to really get into the whole rivalry thing, but I think it kind of worked against us in the long run because I don’t think (Iowa) looks at it like that,” Harrinton said. “I think we’re on the same page now and we’re just going out and wrestle another dual. I don’t think we’re focused on the fact that it’s Iowa and that it’s a big rivalry. It’s just another wrestling dual that we’re going to prepare for.”
Iowa State Coach Kevin Dresser views the Iowa State (8-9, 3-6 Big 12) vs. Iowa (11-3, 6-3 Big 10) dual at Hilton Coliseum on Sunday at 2 p.m. as a measuring stick.
Not necessarily a team measuring stick — he knows on paper Iowa State is supposed to get blown out — but as an individual measuring stick.
Dresser mentioned Markus Simmons (133), Ian Parker (141), Dane Pestano (184), Sam Colbray (197) and Marcus Harrington (Hwt.) as “measuring stick” matches.
“We need to compete well and we need to fight,” Dresser said. “That’s always been the message. We want to try and figure out how to get our hands raised, but I’m just curious to see how we compete.”
Iowa’s weakest weights are at 133 and 141 pounds. Paul Glynn (133) is 7-9 on the year and Vince Turk (141) is 8-6. Both Simmons have Parker have opportunities to pick up wins and pick up momentum going into the Big 12 Tournament. This will be Parker’s third match at 141 of the season. He’s already knocked off a three-time NCAA qualifier and a two-time defending national champion.
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Pestano, Colbray and Harrington all have ranked wrestlers. The three upper-weights have shown they have the ability to beat ranked wrestlers, but Colbray and Harrington both have All-America-caliber wrestlers.
Harrington might have the biggest test at heavyweight against No. 5 Sam Stoll.
“He’s a big guy that just likes to push and pull,” Harrington said. “I just need to get my attacks off — we’re not in here working on any special drills just for this one guy. It’s the same wrestling match I wrestle every week. I’m not focusing on what he does very much.”
Harrington is an undersized heavyweight. He knows he has to control the ties to allow him to get to his attacks.
Even though the coaches are treating it as just another meet, they still know what Iowa State and Iowa is all about.
“Any time it’s Iowa and Iowa State I’m sure it’s going to be a little ... animated,” Dresser said. “It’ll bring some smoke and fire with it. The history, there’s some relationships — good and bad. Who knows? It’s going to be interesting.”
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