#1 Iowa 30, #12 Princeton 9: Born To Win

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Herk Whatcha Mama Gave Ya's picture

Most promising thing to me about this team so far is that you've had multiple different guys step up to stymie 'momentum' in these duals.

Spencer starts ISU off with a bang, then after Happel drops a tight one at 141 Lugo comes back with a win against a highly ranked foe at 149. Young loses close at 157, Marinelli comes back and wins (not his best performance), and then Kemerer (major) and Brands (OT upset) follow that with big performances.

Wisconsin only took one match, so there wasn't a ton of team adversity last weekend. But even after Wilcke's loss and Warner's lackluster decision victory, Cassioppi brought it home in a huge way to beat a top 3 opponent.

Now look at today; Spencer was gone so you're psychologically dealing with that to start out the dual. But DeSanto and Murin follow it up in impressive fashion to put Iowa right back ahead 9-3. Lugo (win) and Young (loss) were a lull going into intermission, so what happens? The Bull and KemDawg come out of the break with 11 combined team points of their own. Brands drops a tough match at 84, Warner comes right back with maybe the biggest win of his career (on the road) and Cassioppi slams the door soon after.

Obviously all of that stuff makes for good dual success, but I think we could also see it translate to tournament competition as well come March.

One guy takes a tough/unexpected loss in the early stages of the tournament? Maybe one or two other guys pick him up with some bonus points or simply a high profile win of their own. Keep morale high, keep the team right in the hunt so that everyone who's left standing in the bracket knows they have something more to fight for, even if their individual championship dreams are gone.

And once again for today, half of your lineup went out and got bonus points against a top 12 ranked team on the road, and did so without the services of the most prolific bonus point machine in college wrestling to lead things off.

That's impressive.

New phone, who dis?

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RecksNFX's picture

The Kaleb Young result is the most disappointing I say. At least brands was looking for his offense and got multiple takedowns. I fully believe his defense will improve as that usually the trend. I'll take brands over Wilkes's do nothing oriented attack style.

All I want to do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom

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Brinzerian Wisdom's picture

Young is not holding up well against the children of legends.

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RetroHawk's picture

Didn't get to watch this dual but, have it recorded for viewing later tonight.  Seems like Lugo and Young are the biggest question marks so far in this short season, which is disappointing since Young looked like he was coming into his own after the Minnesota dual last year through the NCAA's.  Any weigh cutting or injury issues there?  Same with Lugo, love the guy but he doesn't seem like the ultra confident wrestler capable of winning consistently by 1 and 2 point margins. 

On another note, when will we know who is wrestling at Midlands and where are some of the other Hawks wrestling over the holiday. Thanks Ross!

RetroHawk

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RossWB's picture

On another note, when will we know who is wrestling at Midlands and where are some of the other Hawks wrestling over the holiday. Thanks Ross!

I don't think we'll have an official rundown of who's competing at Midlands for a while yet -- maybe not until the week of the event. But it's probably safe to assume everyone that you'd expect to be there for Iowa will be there. The only exception to that might be Spencer. Midlands is about a week after U.S. Nationals, which he's expected to compete at. I don't know how that will impact the possibility of him wrestling at Midlands -- or if it will at all.

This is a pretty quiet period of competition -- no duals for a month and even Iowa's first duals back will be pretty low-stress (Indiana on 1/10 and Purdue on 1/12). Outside of the Iowa practice room, Midlands will be the only chance for Iowa guys to get some good, hard, testing matches in until the dual schedule heats up in late January with Nebraska, Ohio State, and Penn State in back-to-back-to-back weeks. 

As far as other tournaments... I dunno. I don't think there are too many for the next few weeks, between finals weeks and the holidays coming up. Several Hawkeyes competed (and dominated) at the Jim Koch Open over the weekend. The most notable result there may have been Gavin Teasdale losing to another non-Division I opponent (guy from UW-Parkside). We can probably pump the brakes on him for this season. He still has loads of potential, but it seems like he's going to need some more seasoning before he's ready to be a big-time contributor for Iowa. 

RetroHawk's picture

Whatever the case, it will be interesting to wait, watch and see what evolves. Lots of great stories with this team so far.  Let's hope the stars and moon align well for March.  Thanks for the on-going view...

RetroHawk

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CRAYONS's picture

If Assad wrestles well at Midlands, is there any chance of pulling his shirt?

I think we need all the points we can get so if he’s the best option, I’d like to see him in there. Looks like Penn St has played their card when it comes to Brooks. 

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RossWB's picture

If Assad wrestles well at Midlands, is there any chance of pulling his shirt?

Assad would need to look exceptional at Midlands to make that a decent option and his track record so far doesn't suggest that's likely. He's 11-2 this year, though just 4-1 against Division I opponents. He's only getting bonus in about 40% of his matches, despite facing weak competition in general. It looks like he needs more time to develop. Brands or Wilcke look like Iowa's best options at 184 this season. 

tyger1147's picture

Jesus.... that highlight of Warner at the end is exactly why I've been so frustrating. He is so skilled and so athletic, it's just ridiculous. He honestly has the skills and athleticism to be a dominating wrestler. His ability to sorta spin out on that ankle grab to negate Brucki trying to move out, followed by that ankle trip... ::chef's kiss::

That really is why it's so frustrating to watch him. And honestly, if he just went hard at guys for like the first period and the first minute of the second period, he could probably coast the rest of the way.

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Pepper Brooks's picture

So I watched the replay of this dual. At the 1:03:55 point in the youtube replay - how is that not a pin for Kem?  Both shoulders are clearly on the mat, the ref is right there and you can even see a little light coming through between the shoulder blades proving that if his shoulders weren't on the mat there would be light coming through.  Not that it mattered in the dual but I would love to know.

Punting is a bold strategy, let's see if it pays off for them.

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RossWB's picture

Yeah, that looked a lot like a pin to me as well, but I guess the ref saw some space there at some point. The ref did seem to be in pretty good position to see things, at least, which often is NOT the case in these situations. 

tyger1147's picture

Just watched the whole thing on youtube...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmPPLKNQLtY

great commentators. seriously. really, really good.

cashman was promising, desanto was great. Murin looked like an All-American, Lugo did not look like a top 5 wrestler. 

Young was not great. marinelli and cashman were awesome. too bad for brands and solid for casssiopi

but got dammit fucking WARNER! if you had the much intensity in every match, you'd be like a #1 or #2 ranked wrestler. oh wait. you probably will be.

I"M SO DAMNED CONFUSED AbOUT JACOB WARNER! JUST WIN A TITLE AND I WON"T CARE!!!

meh

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