The team title has been decided (congrats, Penn State), but there are still ten individual championships to be decided tonight -- and three of them involve Iowa wrestlers.
CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS MATCH-UPS
|125||#4 Thomas GIlman||vs||#3 Nico Megaludis, Penn State|
|133||#2 Cory Clark||vs||#1 Nahshon Garrett, Cornell|
|149||#2 Brandon Sorensen||vs||#1 Zain Retherford, Penn State|
Gilman is 0-2 against Nico, most recently losing to him in OT in the Big Ten Tournament after an ill-advised takedown attempt that Nico countered into points of his own. Will the third time be the charm for Gilman? Let's hope so.
Clark has never wrestled Garrett before, but he'll need to be in top form to counter Garrett's incredible blend of strength, quickness, and ability to generate explosive action. Clark is a much more methodical wrestler and he's going to need to find a way to impose his style to win the match.
The last finals match-up features Sorensen and Retherford, a rematch of the Big Ten Tournament finals at 149. Retherford won that match 4-0 and Sorensen was never close to scoring on Retherford. Hopefully he has a new strategy for tonight's match.
The finals get underway at 7 PM CT on ESPN, with streaming coverage from WatchESPN.
The usual rules apply.