Nope, the "KINNICK STADIUM" addition on the press box is new as well. Previously that part of the press box was naked:
Indeed he was -- thanks.
Bad news about the Paulsens' hair, Klug...
(But they donated it for a good cause -- raising money for the UI Children's Hospital.)
Love to get Gallagher. He could fit in very nicely in that Young or Bull-shaped hole we're going to have at 157/165 in a few years.
Facundo would be a huge get, but I think he ends up at Michigan. (ISU fans seem to think they have a decent shot at him because Facundo is from Davison, MI, same as Brent Metcalf. Landing Facundo would be a big feather in Dresser's cap.)
The focus of the event is on the top-ranked guys at several weights, whether they're committed to a program or not. As noted, some of them are entering their junior seasons, which makes it even less likely that they would have committed to a college yet. In any event, the uncommitted guys should definitely be major targets for lots of programs -- by virtue of being at this event, they've established themselves as a big-time prospect.
I think, at least with Spencer, it was probably as much a health issue as it was a chess piece thing in terms of him not competing in freestyle over the summer. He was not right, health-wise, for most of last season. He pulled it together well at NCAAs, obviously, but it sounds like he still needed time after that to rehab and get back to full strength. Hopefully we get to see full strength Spencer for all (or at least most) of this upcoming NCAA season. (And, incidentally, no, I don't know what Spencer's exact medical issues were last season... everyone has been very cagey about that. Perhaps we'll find out something down the road, much like we found out about McDonough's SR year injuries after his Iowa career was over.)
And as far as the schedule goes, I'm curious to see what Spencer decides to do this season. I think he might wrestle a schedule like Kyle Snyder did his last few years of college, where he takes time off to train and compete in freestyle competition, but is around for the big dual meets and tournaments (Big Tens, NCAAs). We'll see.
Like I said, I didn't mention it in the main article because nothing has been officially announced yet. It sounds pretty likely, but so far it's just message board scuttlebutt.
The chatter I saw was on the Iowa wrestling boards on Rivals.
That is a sobering read. And, as other have noted, even Moss isn't going to finish his career at Iowa, so there won't be a single player from that class who used up all of his eligibility at Iowa, which is wild.
I always wish kids well when they transfer and hope it works out for them at a new destination, but this paints a pretty stark picture of how difficult that can be.
ISU is a real threat for Foster, but I think Baylor is a pretty big threat, too. They have a bit of a track record of success with big guys like him.
I dunno. You think Rutgers will send these guys to Iowa City?
Also: I didn't mention it in the write-up because nothing has been officially announced yet, but there's a LOT of buzz around Spencer Lee wrestling an exhibition freestyle match at this event, supposedly against Givi Davidovi of Italy (who just won a gold medal at 57 KG at the Yasar Dogu event in Turkey).
This would be Spencer's first match anywhere since the NCAA finals.
The standards of what it takes to be a conference champion in football evolve over time. That's just the way it is. Since 2011, you have to win the Big Ten Championship Game to be a Big Ten champion in football.
And comparing across sports is going to result in some mixed results. In wrestling, for instance, the conference championship people care about is the Big Ten Tournament. Iowa went 9-0 in Big Ten dual meets last year, they were the "Big Ten Dual Meet Champions" (co-champions, technically), and they even got a trophy for it... but did anyone care? No. Because they finished 3rd at the Big Ten Tournament, which (for wrestling) is the conference championship that matters.
I would argue that the regular season title remains so meaningful in basketball because the of the quantity of league games played in that sport. You play 20 games now, meaning you play every other league team at least once, and seven teams twice. Scheduling disparities still exist in MBB/WBB scheduling, but it's a more meaningful accomplishment to have the best regular season record in basketball because you play EVERYONE, at least once.
The fact is that no one outside of the Catnuts household recognizes Iowa as a Big Ten conference champion in 2015.
I sure enjoyed celebrating that shared Big Ten championship on the (then) grass of Kinnick Stadium with 60,000+ of my closest friends in 2004. Not a soul in that stadium gave one single fuck that it was a "shared" conference championship as we watched Iowa get presented with a Big Ten championship trophy.