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Everything you need to know to watch No. 8 Iowa State vs. No. 4 Iowa in Cy-Hawk showdown

The No. 8 Iowa State Cyclones will host the No. 4 Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday, Nov. 26 for a much anticipated Cy-Hawk showdown.

Here is everything you need to know in order to cheer on the Cyclones.

Where to Watch

ESPN will broadcast this year’s Cy-Hawk dual which will take place at 2 p.m. CT on Sunday, Nov. 26. This will mark the first time a college wrestling dual is broadcasted on the network’s main channel in the company’s 44-year history.

The Broadcast Team

Shawn Kenney (PxP)
Jim Gibbons (Analyst)
Jordan Burroughs (Analyst)
Quint Kessenich (Sideline)

Iowa Ties on the Broadcast Team

  • The accomplished career of Jim Gibbons is marked by an impressive string of victories and milestones. Gibbons clinched three state titles for Ames High before propelling to Iowa State University, where he excelled as a three-time All-American and secured two-time Big 8 championships. His journey continued post-graduation when Gibbons was appointed as an assistant coach for Iowa State. Remarkably, at the age of 26, he succeeded the legendary Harold Nichols as the head coach. Under his leadership in 1987, Iowa State triumphed in securing an NCAA championship, decisively breaking their losing streak against Iowa by defeating Gable and the Hawkeyes. Over his seven-year coaching tenure (1986-1992), Gibbons’ teams boasted an impressive 93-32-1 record in duals and secured top-three national finishes three times. Today, Gibbons stands as a color commentator for collegiate wrestling.

  • Shawn Kenney is a Council Bluffs, Iowa, native and 1999 University of Iowa Broadcast Journalism graduate. In 2013, Kenney was presented with the Iowa Sports Journalism Award by the Iowa High School Athletic Association and earned the Sports Media Contributor Award in 2011 from the Iowa High School Association of Athletic Directors. Kenney joined ESPN in 2008 as a play-by-play commentator covering a number of college sports. According to his ESPN profile he covers football, basketball, baseball, and tennis, as well as the NCAA and ACC Wrestling Championships.

Cy-Hawk Facts:

  • Sunday is the 87th meeting in the all-time series that began in 1912
  • Iowa State’s last win in the series was 19-16 on Dec. 5, 2004, in Iowa City.
  • The rivalry introduced the Dan Gable Traveling Trophy in 2010. In a joint collaboration, the schools announced the winner of the annual dual would take possession of a trophy representing Iowa State’s former two-time NCAA champion and Iowa’s 15-time NCAA championship coach.
  • Sunday’s dual is the second straight meeting with both teams in the top 10 of the national rankings. 2022 was the first time since 2008-09.

No. 8 Iowa State vs. No. 4 Iowa

125: #8 Kysen Terukina (3-0) vs. #17 Drake Ayala (6-1)
133: #19 Evan Frost (3-0) vs. #8 Brody Teske (4-1)
141: #19 Anthony Echemendia (3-0) vs. #1 Real Woods (2-0)
149: #14 Casey Swiderski (6-0) vs. #9 Victor Voinovich III (6-1)
157: #18 Cody Chittum (2-0) vs. #2 Jared Franek (7-0)
165: #2 David Carr (3-0) vs. #5 Michael Caliendo (7-0)
174: #21 MJ Gaitan (3-0) vs. Gabe Arnold (6-0) or Aiden Riggins (6-1)
184: #6 Will Feldkamp (1-0) vs. #30 Brennan Swafford (6-1)
197: #24 Julien Broderson (2-0) vs. #22 Zach Glazier (6-0)
285: #7 Yonger Bastida (3-0) vs. Bradley Hill (5-2)

Toss-Ups: 125, 149, 157, 174, 197
Iowa State Favored: 165, 184, 285
Iowa Favored: 133, 141
Most Anticipated: 125, 141, 149, 157, 165, 174

Notable Quotes from this week:

“Kevin (Dresser) has restored the competitive nature of our wrestling program, and that was sorely needed both for Iowa State and the sport of wrestling. He’s also brought an awareness. He’s a marketing genius. He has brought such an exciting level of excitement to our wrestling program and quite frankly to the sport.”

“Well, we know that dual (Cy-Hawk) is always a lot more intense than the other duals. Some of the theatrics that come with that particular match lends itself to some drama that will be interesting to see play out (for) a national audience. But, then I look at it and go, it’s a huge opportunity for Coach Dresser and our team. I know they’d love to beat the Hawks in the dual meet, and if we’re successful doing that, then it’s on national TV, that’s even better.”

Jamie Pollard in interview with Jacqueline Cordova for story: Most anticipated Cy-Hawk showdown to take center stage on ESPN

“I helped recruit Tom and Terry Brands at the University of Iowa in the late 80s. There’s not two guys more passionate about winning. We know they’re going to be ready and their staff are going to be ready. That’s just the way they are. I’ve seen them fight over Monopoly and run down the street after they lost with their clothes off. So, that’s just the way they are. They’re wired to win. They like to win and when they don’t win, they’re not happy. I like the competitive nature of that. Let the circus begin.”

Coach Dresser in the program’s weekly media availability.

“I think it shows you the magnitude of the series, of the match, of the rivalry. ESPN isn’t stupid either, you know? They’re going to put something on that they can sell and that they can have a product on there that’s going to have people tune in on a Sunday that goes head-to-head with the NFL. The wrestling purist or a casual sports fan wouldn’t be disappointed to tune into ESPN.”

Associate Head Coach Terry Brands in the program’s weekly media availability

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Jacqueline Cordova


Jacqueline graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. She has been fortunate enough to have interned for Cyclone Fanatic for 2 and a half years before being promoted to stay on. She currently wears a lot of hats at Cyclone Fanatic: Social Media Director, Iowa State Wrestling beat reporter, and staff photographer. Jacqueline loves reading and watching trash reality TV shows when she's not watching sports. One of her favorite accomplishments is having interned for the Minnesota Vikings and during Super Bowl LII.