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Wrestling Heads To Iowa To Face No. 1 Hawkeyes

Nov 24, 2021

On Tap
11/27, 12:00 p.m. at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa,); Big Ten+

Oregon State Probables
125: #26 Brandon Kaylor
133: #20 Devan Turner
141: #13 Grant Willits
149: #32 Cory Crooks
157: #17 Hunter Willits
165: Matthew Olguin
174: #23 Aaron "Mateo" Olmos
184: Jackson McKinney.
197: J.J. Dixon
HWT: Gary Traub

This Week
• Oregon State, after taking a week off, heads to Iowa to face the top-ranked Hawkeyes. The match gets underway at 12 p.m. PT (2 p.m. in Iowa) and will air on the Big Ten+ subscription service.
• Iowa is the No. 1 team in the country per the National Wrestling Coaches Association rankings. The Hawkeyes received all 14 first-place votes. OSU is receiving two votes.
• Iowa holds a 6-1 all-time advantage in the series, with the teams last meeting in 2012. The then-fifth ranked Hawkeyes won, 22-14, in a National Dual matchup in Ames, Iowa.  Scott Sakaguchi, RJ Pena, Taylor Meeks and Clayton Jack were all victorious during that matchup.

Last Time Out
• Oregon State took a week off after traveling to Manheim, Pa., to compete against Penn State and then in the Journeymen/Defense Soap Collegiate Classic.
• Brandon Kaylor and Hunter Willits won bouts in a loss to Penn State.
• Willits, Devan Turner, Grant Willits, Cory Crooks, Mason Reiniche, Mateo Olmos and Jackson McKinney all went 2-1 on the second day of the trip.

At 4-2
• Grant Willits, Hunter Willits and Mateo Olmos are all 4-2 after two weekends of action this season.
• Of the three, only Hunter Willis has won a bout via extra points, going 1-0 thanks to a major decision.
• Olmos was the Pac-12 wrestler of the week after defeating two ranked opponents on Nov. 6 versus Campbell and Lehigh. He became just the seventh Beaver to earn the honor since the Pac-12 began the award in 2014.

Pendleton Versus Iowa
• Saturday's meet marks head coach Chris Pendleton's first against Iowa leading a program. He did, however, square off with the Hawkeyes as a wrestler at Oklahoma State.
• In 2003, he defeated No. 4 Tyler Nixt of Iowa twice to capture the conference title at 174 points. That included a victory in the title bout via a 4-2 decision when the bout went into sudden victory.

Beaver Points
• Cory Crooks enters Saturday having won two consecutive bouts while Hunter Willits has won three of his last four.