#1 Iowa vs Indiana Wrestling: Preview & Open Thread

By RossWB on January 10, 2020 at 3:21 pm
go hawks go

WHO: Indiana Hoosiers (0-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
WHEN: Friday, January 10, 2020
WHERE: Wilkinson Hall (Bloomington, IN)
KICKOFF: 6:00 PM Central
TV: none
ONLINE: BTN+ / Flowrestling
RADIO: Hawkeye Sports Network (check local listings); TuneIn (maybe)

For the first time in a month, Iowa wrestling is back in dual meet action. When last we saw our heroes, they were wrapping up a dominant display at the Midlands Championships. This weekend's duals aren't going to pose much of a threat to Iowa, particularly the Friday night showdown with Indiana. Iowa leads the all-time series with Indiana 39-4-3 and they've won the last 24 meetings. Indiana last beat Iowa in, uh, 1968. The series against Purdue is even more lopsided; Iowa leads that 42-4-3 with 30 straight wins. Purdue's last non-loss against Iowa was a 14-14 tie in 1966; their last win was in 1961. Those streaks are only going to get longer this weekend. 

Bigger tests are coming soon -- dual meets with Nebraska, Ohio State, and Penn State are coming up over the next three weeks -- but this is at least another chance to see this Iowa team in action. Based on the match notes for this weekend, Iowa's sending their strongest-possible team -- all starters, plus multiple options at 184 lbs. (I am slightly surprised to see Lee listed as wrestling this weekend; given all the discussion about his reduced schedule, I did not expect to see him making this road trip.)

184 lbs is probably the most interesting one of the weekend, given the uncertainty that's been there all season. Wilcke had a strong showing at Midlands -- will he start both matches this weekend? Will Brands get another match to prove himself? Will Assad really burn his redshirt to wrestle for Iowa this season? That option seems extremely unlikely, but based on the lineups it's at least a possibility. 

125 #1 Spencer Lee (6-0, JR) vs Liam Cronin (6-8, JR)
133 #2 Austin DeSanto (8-1, JR) vs Jonathan Moran (5-12, SO)
Cayden Rooks (15-6, FR)
141 #5 Max Murin (8-0, SO) vs Eddie Bolivar (4-4, FR)
149 #1 Pat Lugo (10-0, SR) vs Graham Rooks (6-3, RS FR)
157 #4 Kaleb Young (7-2, JR) vs Fernando Silva (7-9, SR)
Joey Sanchez (11-9, RS FR)
165 #2 Alex Marinelli (10-0, JR) vs Davey Tunon (6-10, JR)
Dillon Hoey (5-6, JR)
174 #2 Michael Kemerer (4-0, SR) vs #27 Jacob Covaciu (12-5, JR)
184 Abe Assad (15-3, FR)
Nelson Brands (3-2, RS FR)
#10 Cash Wilcke (11-2, SR)
vs Jake Hinz (5-10, SR)
197 #5 Jacob Warner (8-2, SO) vs Nick Willham (15-8, FR)
Spencer Irick (4-7, JR)
285 #3 Tony Cassioppi (9-0, RS FR) vs Rudy Streck (2-12, SO)
Jake Kleimola (9-9, JR)

There's not much point in doing a weight-by-weight preview for this dual for a few reasons. One, half the Indiana weights list multiple options. Two, the only ranked wrestler Indiana has is Covaciu at 174 lbs... and he's only ranked because Trackwrestling ranks out to 32 at each weight. Three, Iowa should dominate this dual no matter which of the listed wrestlers end up competing. Let's set the over/under on Iowa pins at 3.5 -- and I'd be inclined to bet the over. For what it's worth, Wrestlestat projects a 45-0 Iowa win. 

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