WHO: Michigan State Spartans (6-7, 1-5 Big Ten)
WHEN: Sunday, February 2, 2020
WHERE: Jennison Field House (East Lansing, MI)
START TIME: 12:00 PM Central
ONLINE: BTN+ ($) or Flowrestling ($)
RADIO: Hawkeye Sports Network (check local listings); TuneIn (maybe)
The #1-ranked Iowa wrestling team doesn't get much time to rest on their laurels and celebrate Friday's thrilling win over #2 Penn State; they're back in action today. And after three straight home duals in the friendly confines of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa is back on the road as well, venturing out to East Lansing to take on the Spartans. Michigan State is... not particularly good. They're just 1-5 in the Big Ten, with their one win coming against Maryland (who is truly abysmal).
|WEIGHT||#1 IOWA||VS||MICHIGAN STATE|
|125||#1 Spencer Lee (11-0, JR)||vs||
Logan Griffin (17-9, SR)
Ethan Curtin (6-9, JR)
|133||#2 Austin DeSanto (12-2, JR)||vs||Garrett Pepple (14-11, SR)|
#7 Max Murin (10-1, SO)
Carter Happel (6-5, JR)
|vs||Matt Santos (12-10, JR)|
|149||#3 Pat Lugo (14-1, SR)||vs||Alex Hrisopoulos (11-10, JR)|
|157||#4 Kaleb Young (12-2, JR)||vs||#19 Jake Tucker (22-5, JR)|
|165||#2 Alex Marinelli (14-1, JR)||vs||
Drew Hughes (13-8, JR)
Austin Hiles (8-7, JR)
|174||#2 Michael Kemerer (9-0, SR)||vs||#23 Layne Malczewski (18-10, RS FR)|
|184||#6 Abe Assad (19-4, FR)||vs||#15 Cam Caffey (20-6, SO)|
|197||#5 Jacob Warner (11-3, SO)||vs||
Nick May (11-14, JR)
Danny Kruse (3-3, JR)
|285||#3 Tony Cassioppi (14-0, RS FR)||vs||Christian Rebottaro (14-11, JR)|
I'm going to eschew a weight-by-weight preview for this dual for a few reasons. One, Iowa should win pretty comfortably. They have a much better team than Michigan State, from top-to-bottom. Two, it's not all that clear who will be wrestling for this dual. The projected lineup in the Match Notes (which is what's listed above) is basically identical to the lineup for the Penn State dual and it seems very unlikely that we won't see some changes to that lineup for this dual. This dual is a quick turnaround from a very grueling and very intense dual on Friday night, with the added burden of having to travel out to Michigan as well. Given all that, plus the injuries (we know DeSanto and Murin are dealing with injuries and other guys are probably a bit banged up as well), I would be very surprised to not see Iowa do some rotation in the lineup for this dual.
Earlier this week, I spitballed a lineup that looked like this:
125: Aaron Cashman
133: Austin DeSanto/Paul Glynn
141: Carter Happel
149: Pat Lugo
157: Kaleb Young
165: Alex Marinelli
174: Jeremiah Moody/Nelson Brands
184: Cash Wilcke/Abe Assad
197: Cash Wilcke/Jacob Warner
285: Aaron Costello/Tony Cassioppi
I still think something like that is very possible for this dual. I do expect Wilcke to be in action, though I'm not sure if it will be at 184 or 197. If Nelson Brands has cut down to 174, I would not be at all surprised to see him fill in there; if he's not an option, I think we could see Moody wrestle up a weight to give Kemerer a break. It sounds like a lock we see Glynn instead of DeSanto and another match for Happel seems on the cards as well.
Michigan State has three ranked wrestlers, per Track, led by Cam Caffey at 184 (ranked #15). He should provide a good challenge for whoever Iowa sends out at that weight. Sparty's other ranked wrestlers are Jake Tucker (#19) at 157 and Layne Malczewski (#23) at 174.
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