#2 Iowa vs #9 Ohio State Wrestling: TV INFO, RADIO, STREAMING, LIVE RESULTS

By RossWB on January 21, 2022 at 3:13 pm
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WHO: #6 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten)
WHEN: 7:00 PM CT (Friday, January 21)
WHERE: Covelli Center (Columbus, OH)
RADIO: Hawkeye Radio Network (TuneIn, or local listings) | AM 800 KXIC
TWITTER: @Hawks_Wrestling | @IowaWRLive@IowaAwesome | @IowaOnBTN

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Only one dual meet for Iowa this weekend, but it's a big one -- their toughest test of the season so far, with a showdown against #6 Ohio State. This is actually part of a loaded wrestling doubleheader on BTN -- #1 Penn State takes on #3 Michigan at 5 PM CT, followed by #2 Iowa at #6 Ohio State at 7 PM CT. There should be a lot of good wrestling on display for 4+ hours on BTN tonight. 

125 #10 Drake Ayala (FR, 13-3) vs #18 Malik Heinselman (SR, 11-2)
133 #3 Austin DeSanto (SR, 11-0)
Cullan Schriever (FR, 15-5)
vs Will Betancourt (FR, 8-3)
141 #2 Jaydin Eierman (SR, 11-0) vs #23 Dylan D'Emilio (SO, 13-4)
149 #10 Max Murin (SR, 6-1) vs #2 Sammy Sasso (JR, 13-1)
157 #12 Kaleb Young (SR, 9-5) vs Jashon Hubbard (JR, 9-3)
165 #1 Alex Marinelli (SR, 14-0) vs #7 Carson Kharchla (SO, 15-1)
174 #2 Michael Kemerer (SR, 4-0) vs #7 Ethan Smith (SR, 11-3)
184 #18 Abe Assad (SO, 9-2) vs #7 Kaleb Romero (SR, 6-1)
197 #4 Jacob Warner (SR, 10-1) vs #20 Gavin Hoffman (SO, 7-4)
285 #5 Tony Cassioppi (JR, 9-2) vs #12 Tate Orndorff (SR, 11-3)

Ohio State has a good team, featuring a lot of quality wrestlers, including ranked competitors at 8 of 10 weights. The problem for them is that Iowa has better wrestlers at most weights, at least on paper. Ohio State should be solidly favored at 149 (where Sasso is a returning NCAA finalist) and a small favorite at 184 (though I think Assad is somewhat underrated by the rankings). Iowa should be favored at the other weights, depending on whether Austin DeSanto competes at 133 or not. That said, Iowa should still get some strong tests at multiple weights as well. Let's look at things weight-by-weight: 

  • This is just Ayala's second match against an opponent not ranked in the Top 10 since he entered the starting lineup; given how well he's produced against the difficult schedule he's faced so far, I favor him to get another win here, although Heinselman is wrestling well this year. (IOWA 3-0)
  • If DeSanto wrestles, bonus points (either a major or a techfall) should very much be on the table. Even if he sits, I would favor Schriever to get his first dual meet win for Iowa; Betancourt has struggled against all but weak competition this year. (IOWA 7-0)
  • Based on the lineups in the match notes, Eierman should return to the mat tonight. Hopefully he's feeling recharged and shaken off those sketchy performances he had before last weekend; if he has, he could have an excellent shot at getting bonus points here. (IOWA 11-0)
  • As mentioned, 149 is one of the weights where OSU has a clear advantage and I favor Sasso to get the W. That said, Murin has a habit of wrestling guys close, even top guys, and his match with Sasso was tied last year going into overtime, before Sasso managed to pin him during a scramble. (IOWA 11-3)
  • A match where Kaleb Young ought to be the clear favorite. Bonus points against an unranked opponent would be nice, but I'll settle for a no fuss, no muss, no drama decision win as well. (IOWA 14-3)
  • Kharchla is only ranked #7, but he should be a strong challenge for The Bull. Kharchla's only loss this year was to Stanford's Shane Griffith, the defending NCAA champion at 165 lbs, and he's picked up bonus points in 57% of his wins. This feels like a match that could come down to a single takedown or a riding time point; Marinelli does have a lot of experience finding ways to grind out wins in those situations. This will probably be Marinelli's last match in his home state of Ohio, so hopefully he can get a win in front of a crowd that will no doubt feature some friends and family. (IOWA 17-3)
  • Kemerer gets an interesting test at 174 from Smith, who's moved up after several years at 165. If Kemerer is one of the elite at this weight, though, he should win. Smith's three losses this year have been in his three matches against Top 10 opponents: Mekhi Lewis, Mikey Labriola, and Logan Massa. I expect this match to be a bit closer than Kemerer's other matches this season, but I think our old dawg will have enough tricks to get the win. (IOWA 20-3)
  • 184 looks like the other weight where Ohio State should be favored, at least looking at the rankings. If Assad is a legit All-America contender this year -- and he looks like he might be -- Romero might be the sort of opponent he needs to beat to make the podium or to move up the podium in March. So this is an excellent "prove it" match for Abe. Romero moved up to 184 this year after a few years at 174; his only loss so far has been against Michigan's Myles Amine (a top guy at this weight), but he's also only wrestled a limited schedule (7 matches). (IOWA 20-6)
  • Jacob Warner has been wrestling well of late and if that form continues, I expect another solid win for him against Ohio State's Hoffman. Hoffman is just 5-4 against D-I competition this year and hasn't recorded a win against anyone ranked as highly as Warner. (IOWA 23-6)
  • Finally, Tony Cassioppi should be a solid favorite over Orndorff, despite their close-ish rankings -- at least based on the past results. Cassioppi has a 3-0 lifetime record against Orndorff, including two pins and an 11-0 major decision win. Orndorff has no doubt continued to improve -- but so has Cass. Another pin would be nice, but I would settle for a major decision. (IOWA 27-6)

27-6 as a prediction doesn't feel like a particularly close dual meet, but I still think it may feel that way on a match-to-match basis, because several of the matches could be pretty tightly-contested. More of them should go Iowa's way than not, but we'll have to wait and see how it all plays out tonight. 

I'll be posting results below and on Twitter, but others are welcome to join in as well. 

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