IOWA VS. PURDUE: PREVIEW AND OPEN THREAD

Tessa Hursh, Daily Iowan

Hawkeyes go on the road to start the B1G wrestling season.

The Hawkeyes are coming off an impressive Midlands Championship where they broke their own tournament record with 187.5 points scored. Iowa placed 14 wrestlers in the top eight, including 10 inside the top three. Tony Ramos became the 39th wrestler in school history to get to 100 wins and ranks 37th overall. He is in pretty good company folks and could be in the top 20 if he wins out this season.

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OK, now let's get on to Iowa's start to the B1G wrestling schedule. Iowa will take on Purdue Friday night and then Michigan State on Saturday night at Carver. BHGP will have a separate post for the Michigan State dual, although there won't be much new to say about that one.

WHO: Purdue (3-1)
WHEN: 6:30 PM CST; Friday, January 3rd, 2014
WHERE: BRADLEY, ILL. at BRADLEY BOURBONNAIS HIGH SCHOOL*
ONLINE: Hawkeye All-Access (online; $)
RADIO: AM-800 KXIC (free), Hawkeye All-Access (online; $)
TWITTER: @IowaWRLive, @Hawks_Wrestling, @hagertony

* Yes, that location is correct. The dual is NOT taking place on campus at West Lafayette, IN.

LAST MEETING

#5 IOWA 29, #21 PURDUE 9
125: Camden Eppert (PU) def. Matt Gurule (UI), D 4-2
133: Tony Ramos (UI) def. Danny Sabatello (PU), MD 13-4
141: Mark Ballweg (UI) def. Brandon Nelsen (PU), TF 22-7 (6:39)
149: Ivan Lopouchanski (PU) def. Brody Grothus (UI), D 10-9
157: Derek St. John (UI) def. Tommy Churchard (PU), D 7-3
165: Nick Moore (UI) def. Pat Robinson (PU), MD 12-4
174: Mike Evans (UI) def. Chad Welch (PU), Fall 4:52
184: Ethen Lofthouse (UI) def. Andy Wiseman (PU), MD 16-5
197: Braden Atwood (PU) def. Nathan Burak (UI), D 4-1
285: Bobby Telford (UI) def. Alex White (PU), D 4-0

PROBABLE LINEUPS

#3 IOWA HAWKEYES (6-1)

125: #3 Thomas Gilman (*Fr. 10-2) or Cory Clark (*Fr. 12-0)
133: #4 Tony Ramos (Sr. 13-2)
141: #10 Josh Dziewa (Jr. 15-3)
149: #15 Brody Grothus (So. 15-5) or Michael Kelly (Jr. 10-4)
157: #1 Derek St. John (Sr. 17-0)
165: #5 Nick Moore (Jr. 9-2)
174: Alex Meyer (*Fr 11-6) Mike Evans will not be starting tonight (illness)
184: #3 Ethen Lofthouse (Sr. 14-2)
197: #11 Nathan Burak (So. 5-1) orSammy Brooks (*Fr. 13-6)
285: #3 Bobby Telford (Jr. 11-1)

#21 PURDUE (3-1)

125: Camden Eppert (Sr. 7-5)
133: Kyle Ayersman (*Fr. 7-7)
141: Dann Sabatell (So. 13-6)
149: Brandon Nelson (Jr. 10-6)
157: Kyle Mosier (Sr. 0-2)
165: Pat Robinson (Jr. 1-4)
174: Patrick Kissel (Jr 8-6)
184: Tyler Lynde(*Fr 5-4)
197: #17 Branden Atwood (Jr. 15-5)
285: Alex White (Sr. 5-9)

PREDICTIONS

125: #3 Thomas Gilman (*Fr. 10-2) or Cory Clark (*Fr. 12-0) vs Camden Eppert (Sr. 7-5)
133: #4 Tony Ramos (Sr. 13-2) vs Kyle Ayersman (*Fr. 7-7)
141: #10 Josh Dziewa (Jr. 15-3) vs Dann Sabatell (So. 13-6)
149: #15 Brody Grothus (So. 15-5) or Michael Kelly (Jr. 10-4) vs Brandon Nelson (Jr. 10-6)
157: #1 Derek St. John (Sr. 17-0) vs Kyle Mosier (Sr. 0-2)
165: #5 Nick Moore (Jr. 9-2) vs Pat Robinson (Jr. 1-4)
174: Alex Meyer (*Fr.11-6) vs Patrick Kissel (Jr 8-6)
184: #3 Ethen Lofthouse (Sr. 14-2) Tyler Lynde(*Fr 5-4)
197: #11 Nathan Burak (So. 5-1) or Sammy Brooks (*Fr. 13-6) vs #17 Branden Atwood (Jr. 15-5)
285: #3 Bobby Telford (Jr. 11-1) vs Alex White (Sr. 5-9)

I feel comfortable saying that the Hawkeyes will win every match Friday. I'm not going to break down each match for this dual; Iowa should win the dual decisively.

The Over/Under for this dual is 44.5

ROSS NOTE: I agree that Iowa should win easily. Iowa has a good shot at a lot of bonus points in this one, especially with Ramos facing a freshman and DSJ and Moore facing opponents with losing records. The toughest match is easily at 197 (which features Purdue's only ranked wrestler, #17 Atwood) and that match should be a good test to see how far Burak has come from a year ago; he lost 4-1 to Atwood in this dual last year.

125: Iowa via major decision (IOWA 4-0)
133:
Iowa via pin (IOWA 10-0)
141:
Iowa via major decision (IOWA 14-0)
149:
Iowa via decision (IOWA 17-0)
157:
Iowa via major decision (IOWA 21-0)
165:
Iowa via pin (IOWA 27-0)
174:
Iowa via decision (IOWA 30-0)
184:
Iowa via major decision (IOWA 34-0)
197:
Iowa via decision (IOWA 37-0)
285:
Iowa via decision (IOWA 40-0)

I guess I'm taking the under.

BONUS!

BONUS 2.0!

If you live in the Illinois area here is some more info about the event.

The BBCHS Wrestling team is proud to announce that they will be hosting
an exciting BIG 10 dual. This year's PURDUE vs. Iowa match up will be
held in the Donald K Turner gymnasium at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community
High School in Bradley Illinois. Tickets for the January 3rd meet are on sale now!! We foresee a packed house so get your tickets early.

Contact Bryan Smith at bsmith@bbchs.org or 1-815-931-4642 for additional information.

The Fieldhouse will be the destination to prepare for or relax after the dual. Tickets will be on sale at the Fieldhouse before the dual. Order from the "Big 10" menu and present your ticket for discounts on food. The address is 12 Heritage Plaza, Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914.

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