#2 Iowa vs #10 Nebraska: Open Thread

By RossWB on February 20, 2022 at 5:08 pm
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WHO: #10 Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-4, 3-4 Big Ten)
WHEN: 6:00 PM CT (Sunday, February 20)
WHERE: Bob Devaney Sports Center (Lincoln, NE)
TV: BTN (Shane Sparks and Tim Johnson)
RADIO: Hawkeye Radio Network (TuneIn, or local listings) | AM 800 KXIC
STREAM: FoxSports.com
MOBILE: Fox Sports app 
TWITTER: @Hawks_Wrestling | @IowaWRLive@IowaAwesome | @IowaOnBTN

NOTE: Don't forget to follow all the action during the game and chat with your fellow Iowa fans in the Go Iowa Awesome discord! (More info here.)

One final dual meet to put a bow on the 2021-22 Iowa wrestling season, before the calendar turns to March and we turn our attention fully to TOURNAMENT SZN in these parts. It's been another dominant dual meet campaign for Iowa -- 13-1 overall, 6-1 in Big Ten action -- with the only defeat coming at the hands of #1 Penn State (who else?). Iowa has faced all of the Big Ten's best in duals this season except Michigan, but they wrap up the dual meet calendar with a visit to a Nebraska team that's ranked just 10th and has a losing record in dual meets, but that also possesses a fair amount of individual firepower. 

The Cornhuskers have ranked wrestlers at eight weights and Top 10-ranked wrestlers at six of those eight weights. Four of those Nebraska wrestlers are ranked higher than their Iowa counterpart at those weights (149, 157, 184, 197). If Nebraska wins all those matches and can pull an upset or two, they could make things interesting. Although that still might not be enough because Iowa has bonus point potential at 125, 133, and 165 as well. 

125 #12 Drake Ayala (FR, 13-4)
Jesse Ybarra (SO, 5-5)
vs Jeremiah Reno (FR, 4-11)
133 #3 Austin DeSanto (SR, 13-2) vs Dominick Serrano (FR, 12-9)
Alex Thomsen (JR, 3-6)
141 #2 Jaydin Eierman (SR, 14-1) vs #10 Chad Red (SR, 11-3)
149 #10 Max Murin (SR, 8-2)
Vince Turk (SR, 5-2)
vs #7 Ridge Lovett (SO, 16-2)
157 #12 Kaleb Young (SR, 13-5) vs #10 Peyton Robb (SO, 10-5)
165 #5 Alex Marinelli (SR, 17-1) vs #27 Bubba Wilson (RS FR, 10-9)
Tahjae Jenkins-Harris (FR, 5-6)
174 #2 Michael Kemerer (SR, 7-1) vs #6 Mikey Labriola (JR, 15-2)
184 #16 Abe Assad (SO, 10-5) vs #9 Taylor Venz (SR, 12-6)
197 #4 Jacob Warner (SR, 13-2) vs #3 Eric Schultz (SR, 13-1)
285 #5 Tony Cassioppi (JR, 12-2) vs #12 Christian Lance (SR, 13-5)

I'm going to go with a score of about 21-12 in favor of Iowa. I think Iowa gets a few bonus points at 125, 133, and 165 and gets decision wins at 141, 174, and 285, while Nebraska grabs wins at 149, 157, 184, and 197. A few of these matches -- particularly 149, 157, and 197 -- could be really crucial for seeding purposes at the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments. We'll see if Iowa can earn some wins tonight that might give them more desirable paths in those tournaments next month. 

I'll be posting results below and on Twitter, but feel free to join in the conversation as well. 

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