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Cyclones planning on Purdue dual in Humboldt

March 27, 2020 6:07am

The Iowa State wrestling team has, tentatively, added another Big Ten Conference opponent and another unique venue to its 2020-21 schedule.

The Cyclones plan to wrestle Purdue on Dec. 20, both coaches informed the Des Moines Register. The date and dual are tentative while Purdue awaits its final Big Ten schedule for next season.

And here's the best part — the dual will take place at Humboldt High School, where both head coaches, Iowa State's Kevin Dresser and Purdue's Tony Ersland, competed in high school.

Both coaches said that if Dec. 20 doesn't work, they're committed to moving to another date.

Iowa State and Purdue have been on the rise in recent years — both were expected to contend for top-10 finishes at this year's NCAA Championships before the event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic — which makes the December clash all the more intriguing.

Purdue went 12-5 overall and finished No. 15 in Trackwrestling's Division I poll this season, Ersland's sixth in charge. 

The Cyclones finished 10-5 overall and qualified nine wrestlers for the national tournament, with eight returning for the 2020-21 season. In Dresser's third season as coach, Iowa State sat at No. 14 in Trackwrestling's national poll and finished second at the Big 12 Championships for the second year in a row.

Even more, Humboldt wrestling coach Chad Beaman hopes to schedule a high-school dual beforehand, as an appetizer before Iowa State and Purdue hit the mat. He said he expects a full gym in support of two former wrestlers who are now Division I coaches.