WHO: Army Black Knights (0-1)
WHEN: 2:00 PM CT (Sunday, November 28)
WHERE: Carver-Hawkeye Arena (Iowa City, IA)
RADIO: Hawkeye Radio Network (TuneIn, or local listings) | SiriusXM Ch. 195
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This weekend's dual ended up being all about being able to pivot. Originally, Iowa was scheduled to face Oregon State at 2 PM CT on Saturday. Unfortunately, travel problems out of Corvalis, OR forced that dual meet to be delayed to Sunday at 2 PM CT, and eventually canceled altogether. Fortunately, Army was available to step in on short notice and face Iowa in a dual meet at 2 PM CT today.
The Black Knights happened to be available because they were in the state to face Iowa State yesterday; tacking on a stop in Iowa City today wasn't too onerous from a travel standpoint. Given that Army opened their dual meet season with Penn State back on 11/18, though, it does put them in the distinctly unenviable position of facing the #1 and #2-ranked teams in the sport in the span of 10 days. Oof.
Army fell 25-9 to Iowa State yesterday after losing their season opener to Penn State, 32-7. The Black Knights have a lineup with a lot of upperclassmen (all but one of their projected starters is a junior or senior) as well as a handful of fringe Top 20-ranked wrestlers, led by #20 JT Brown and #22 PJ Ogunsanya at 197. They're not a great team, but they're not going to be cowed by Iowa and they're unlikely to be pushovers, either. Against ISU, Army picked up wins at 149, 165, and 285. Against PSU, Army's wins came at 141 and 157 and Ogunsanya had a sudden victory loss at 149. I would not expect a shutout win for Iowa today, especially with the Hawkeyes not likely to roll out a full-strength lineup for this dual.
|125||Jesse Ybarra (RS FR, 4-0)||vs||Ryan Chauvin (JR, 1-3)|
|133||#3 Austin DeSanto (SR, 5-0)||vs||Dominic Carone (JR, 3-1)|
|141||#2 Jaydin Eierman (SR, 4-0)||vs||#26 Corey Shie (SR, 3-1)|
|149||Cobe Siebrecht (SO, 5-0)||vs||#22 PJ Ogunsanya (SR, 3-1)|
|157||#8 Kaleb Young (SR, 4-1)||vs||Markus Hartman (SR, 1-3)|
|165||#2 Alex Marinelli (SR, 5-0)||vs||Christian Hunt (JR, 1-3)|
#2 Michael Kemerer (SR, 0-0)
Nelson Brands (JR, 1-0)
|vs||Clayton Fielden (SO, 2-2)|
Myles Wilson (SR, 1-0)
Abe Assad (SO, 3-1)
|vs||Brad Laughlin (SR, 3-1)|
#3 Jacob Warner (SR, 3-0)
Zach Glazier (SO, 3-1)
|vs||#20 JT Brown (SR, 2-2)|
|285||#7 Tony Cassioppi (JR, 0-1)||vs||Brandon Phillips (SR, 2-2)|
As was the case against Princeton, we will obviously not be seeing a full-strength Iowa lineup on the mat tonight. The biggest absentee is again Spencer Lee at 125, but Max Murin (the projected starter at 149) is also out, while Michael Kemerer (at 174) and Jacob Warner (at 197) are just "or" options.
I'm going to eschew a weight-by-weight preview again, but I still expect a lopsided Iowa win here. A score around 30-6 looks about right to me. 149 and 197 look like the best shots for Army to get wins (particularly if Glazier gets the nod at 197) in this dual. I think Iowa will get bonus points at 133, 141, and 165, but I'm not sure about bonus points elsewhere.
Unfortunately, I won't be able to provide weight-by-weight results for this dual in the comments below, but if anyone watching the dual wants to do so, it would be much appreciated!