WHO: Princeton Tigers (0-0)
WHEN: Friday, November 16, 2018
START TIME: 7:00 PM CT
WHERE: Carver Hawkeye Arena (Iowa City, IA)
ONLINE: BTN Plus | Flowrestling
RADIO: Hawkeye All-Access; AM 800 near Iowa City or iHeart Radio (online)
After beginning the series with a lopsided pair of dual meet wins over CSU Bakersfield and Kent State (combined score: 81-3), Iowa welcomes Princeton for their home opener on Friday night. This will be the Tigers' first dual meet of the season, although they did host the Princeton Open two weeks ago, so their guys have seen competition already this year. Iowa and Princeton have met once before, a 36-7 Iowa win in New Jersey in 2001.
|125||#1 Spencer Lee (So, 2-0)||vs||#14 Patrick Glory (Fr, 4-0)||Lee via TF (IOWA 5-0)|
|133||#11 Austin DeSanto (So, 2-0)||vs||Jonathan Gomez (So, 2-2)||DeSanto via TF (IOWA 10-0)|
|141||#14 Max Murin (RS Fr, 2-0)||vs||Marshall Keller (Fr, 5-1)||Murin via MD (IOWA 14-0)|
|149||#12 Pat Lugo (Jr, 1-1)||vs||#1 Matthew Kolodzik (Jr, 0-0)||Kolodzik via DEC (IOWA 14-3)|
|157||#13 Kaleb Young (So, 2-0)||vs||Quincy Monday (Fr, 3-2)||Young via DEC (IOWA 17-3)|
|165||#4 Alex Marinelli (So, 2-0)||vs||Dale Tiongson (So, 5-1)||Marinelli via MD (IOWA 21-3)|
|174||Myles Wilson (RS Fr, 2-0)||vs||Travis Stefanik (Fr, 4-1)||Wilson via DEC (IOWA 24-3)|
#12 Cash Wilcke (Jr, 2-0) /
Mitch Bowman (Sr, 1-0)
|vs||Kevin Parker (Jr, 5-0)||Wilcke via MD (IOWA 28-3)|
|197||Connor Corbin (RS Fr, 1-0)||vs||#7 Patrick Brucki (So, 5-0)||Brucki via DEC (IOWA 28-6)|
|285||Aaron Costello (RS Fr, 2-0)||vs||Obinna Ajah (Jr, 2-2)||Costello via DEC (IOWA 28-6)|
Iowa's roster still features some notable absentees, particularly in the upper weights, where Michael Kemerer, Jacob Warner, and Sam Stoll are again slated to miss action. Brands indicated in his media availability earlier this week that they're healthy, but he's being cautious since it's the early part of the season. Hopefully they truly are healthy because Iowa needs all of them in the lineup in order to compete for titles. In the meantime, their absences do give opportunities to the likes of Connor Corbin, Aaron Costello, and Myles Wilson additional chances to shine.
There are two bouts each set to feature two ranked wrestlers, at 125 with #1 Spencer Lee vs #14 Patrick Glory (great name), a highly-touted freshman, and at 149, with #12 Pat Lugo getting a big early test against #1 Matthew Kolodzik. Can Glory get Spencer Lee to the second period? Lugo faced Kolodzik last year -- and beat him via pin at Midlands. A repeat of that performance would be very welcome.
Princeton has one other ranked wrestler, #7 Patrick Brucki at 197 lbs. He was an NCAA qualifier as a freshman last year and looks very solid this year -- three of his five wins so far have come with bonus points (two tech falls and a major decision). Beating him will be a tall order for Connor Corbin if he gets the nod at 197.
Corbin is one of six Iowa wrestlers who could be making their Carver-Hawkeye Arena debuts tonight. The others are Austin DeSanto, Max Murin, Pat Lugo, Myles Wilson, and Aaron Costello. At least Corbin, Murin, Lugo, Wilson, and Costello have all been able to witness Iowa duals at CHA as spectators while they were redshirting last year; this dual will be DeSanto's first-ever dual in CHA as a competitor or spectator. It should be quite a thrill for all of those guys to experience the roar of a CHA crowd when they take the mat tonight.
- Iowa should be clear favorites at 7 of 10 matches tonight, while Princeton should be favored at two (197 and 149; despite Lugo's win over Kolodzik last year, Kolodzik does have a better overall body of work), leaving one toss-up (174). That disparity should lead to quite a few Iowa bonus points and a comfortable win at the end of the night.
I won't be able to post live results or reaction in the comments for this dual, so anyone else who's able to do so -- go for it.
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