Beat some Spartans.

#4 Iowa (12-1, 2-0) vs. Michigan State (4-6, 0-3)

Date: January 20, 2013
Time: 1:00pm CT
Location: Jenison Field House
Television: Hawkeye All-Access,
Radio: Hawkeye All-Access, AM-800 KXIC
Line: Iowa by an even bigger amount


125: Much like Boyle, Lyon is another opponent that McD has brought the pain to in the past:

MAJ DEC (11-3) (2011-12)
FALL (2:52) (2009-10)
FALL (4:33) (2009-10)

I see history repeating itself here.

133: Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell a beatdown headed Fifield's way.

141: Nick Trimble is gonna be tremblin'... okay, I'll stop. Trimble is from Sparta, Michigan; I didn't even realize there was a Sparta, Michigan. I wonder if they require all college-age students to attend MSU. Anyway, Trimble is going to lose. Probably by a lot.
PREDICTION: Ballweg via MAJ DEC (IOWA 12-0)

Honestly, Iowa could pin its way through 125-133-141 and it wouldn't really surprise me.

149: This is the first close-looking match-up of the dual; both Kelly and Osterman are on the fringes of this weight in the Big Ten. Osterman has finished 7th and 9th at the Big Ten Tournament the past two years; in fact, his 3-1 win over Mike Kelly in the wrestle-backs at last year's BTT was enough to secure him that 9th place finish. This is the sort of match Kelly needs to win to get over the hump at 149 and I think he'll get it here.
PREDICTION: Kelly via DEC (IOWA 15-0)

157: DSJ is is one of only two ranked vs. ranked wrestler matches in the Iowa-Michigan State dual, taking on #19 David Cheza. They've met once before, a 9-7 DSJ win back in the early days of the 2010-11 season. Cheza's solid, but this should still be a fairly comfortable DSJ win.

165: There's one common opponent between Moore and Proctor, Purdue's Pat Robinson. Proctor lost to Robinson, 7-5; Moore rolled Robinson, 12-4. Nick Moore can be maddening to watch, but his defense should stymie Proctor well enough to let him get a takedown or two for the win.
PREDICTION: Moore via DEC (IOWA 21-0)

174: Speaking of common opponents... Purdue's Chad Welch pinned Wohlfert in 3:37; Evans pinned Welch in 4:52. That doesn't mean Evans is a lock to pin Welch... but this should still be a comfortable win for the 'Stache.

184: Rizqallah has a nice record, but most of that's been accomplished against less-than-stellar competition. Lofthouse is maddening, but he's still a good wrestler and he should still beat Rizqallah.
PREDICTION: Lofthouse via DEC (IOWA 28-0)

197: Another "PUSH" match at 197, with a pair of unranked wrestlers squaring off. I don't think Burak will get a donut for his efforts this weekend, so I'll call for him to grab a tight decision win here.
PREDICTION: Burak via DEC (IOWA 31-0)

285: McClure is Sparty's best wrestler (by far), with multiple wins over top-20 competition (including a 5-2 win over #4 Chad Hanke). He also holds a 3-1 overtime win over Bobby Telford, dating back to Bobby's 2010-11 redshirt season. Telford will need to be on top of his game to win this match; unfortunately, we've seen Bobby on top of his game so rarely of late that it's too hard to pick him in this match.
PREDICTION: McClure via DEC (IOWA 31-3)

(EDIT: This could also be another forfeit by Iowa if Bobby is still under the weather. Even if he's healthy enough to compete, though, it's hard to see a flu-weakened Telford beating McClure.)

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