WHO: #15 Purdue Boilermakers (7-1, 1-0 Big Ten)
WHEN: 2:00 PM CT (Sunday, January 9)
WHERE: Carver-Hawkeye Arena (Iowa City, IA)
RADIO: Hawkeye Radio Network (TuneIn, or local listings) | AM 800 KXIC
MOBILE: Fox Sports app
TWITTER: @Hawks_Wrestling | @IowaWRLive | @IowaAwesome | @IowaOnBTN
Iowa won their Big Ten opener against Minnesota on Friday night, but it was far from a dominant performance. The outcome of today's dual meet against Purdue shouldn't be in question, but it would be much more reassuring to see more impressive outings from Iowa at several weights today. Here's what the projected lineups look like:
Jesse Ybarra (RS FR, 5-1)
Drake Ayala (FR, 10-3)
#5 Devin Schroeder (SR, 12-1)
Nate Cummings (JR, 5-3)
|133||#3 Austin DeSanto (SR, 11-0)||vs||Matt Ramos (RS FR, 11-3)|
|141||#2 Jaydin Eierman (SR, 10-0)||vs||
#25 Parker Filius (JR, 15-5)
Michael Leveille (JR, 3-4)
|149||#12 Max Murin (SR, 3-1)||vs||Trey Kruse (SO, 2-8)|
|157||#12 Kaleb Young (SR, 6-5)||vs||
#10 Kendall Coleman (SO, 9-3)
Cooper Noehre (SO, 9-3)
|165||#1 Alex Marinelli (SR, 11-0)||vs||Hayden Lohrey (SO, 6-3)|
Brennan Swafford (SR, 12-6)
#2 Michael Kemerer (SR, 1-0)
|vs||#21 Garrett Nijenhuis (SO, 12-8)|
|184||#18 Abe Assad (SO, 6-2)||vs||#23 Max Lyon (SR, 9-5)|
|197||#5 Jacob Warner (SR, 7-1)||vs||#15 Thomas Penola (SO, 13-3)|
|285||#6 Tony Cassioppi (JR, 5-2)||vs||Michael Woulfe (SR, 12-7)|
A few thoughts...
Purdue has several ranked wrestlers, but only a pair (Devin Schroeder at 125 and Kendall Coleman at 157) ranked in the Top 10. Not coincidentally, those are also the only two Purdue wrestlers likely to be favored today. Schroeder ought to be another stiff test for Ayala, who's really getting thrown in the deep end to begin his (official) Hawkeye career. Kaleb Young is actually 2-0 in his career against Coleman (a 4-3 win back in 2020 and a sudden victory pin in 2019), but it's hard to consider Young a favorite against any Top 10 opponent right now, given his shaky form (though he did wrestle pretty well against #5 Brayton Lee on Friday night, albeit in a loss).
Iowa should also be wary of potential Purdue upsets, though -- the Boilermakers knocked off Nebraska in a dual meet on Friday night, 18-15, thanks to bonus point wins from Schroeder and Filius, as well as two key upset wins at 174 and 184. Nijenhuis upset #3 Mikey Labriola via 6-4 decision, while Lyon knocked off #10 Taylor Venz via 7-2 decision. Kemerer and Assad should certainly be on upset alert when they take the mat today. Assad is 2-0 lifetime against Lyon, having beaten him via 4-2 and 5-2 decisions in 2020.
This also looks like a dual meet where Iowa wrestlers could get back on the bonus point horse at several weights. Ramos has a nice record, but has yet to face a wrestler of DeSanto's skill -- or relentless tempo. Eierman pinned Filius in both of their meetings last year. Murin dispatched Kruse via technical fall last season. Lohrey might be susceptible to getting overwhelmed by Marinelli and Woulfe could be a good bounce-back for Tony Cassioppi after another humbling loss to Gable Steveson on Friday night.
I'm going to go with Iowa 29-6, with wins at every weight but 125 and 157 and bonus points at 133, 141, 149, 165, and 285.
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