It’s here — the last weekend of Hawkeye wrestling’s regular season begins tonight with a dual at Indiana. It starts at 6 p.m. central time, and you can find it streaming on BTN Plus (sorry, nonsubscribers).
Ironside and Grace have the call on KXIC and the Hawkeye Radio Network. You can find lineups and our favorite Twitter accounts to follow below, but let’s chat a bit about this humdrum matchup.
The Hoosiers are unranked and field only two wrestlers in Flowrestling’s rankings — Elijah Oliver (No. 19 at 125) and Nate Jackson (No. 6 at 184 pounds). That’s it. On paper, the Hoosiers likely won’t pose any real threat to Iowa, but a few storylines are worth watching.
- I feel bad continuously writing about Thomas Gilman because that’s an extreme pulp at this point in the season, but he gets a ranked guy. Yippee!
- No. 16 Joey Gunther picked up a nice win over tenth-ranked Chris Wanzek of Minnesota Sunday — a 5-3 decision with two takedowns and an escape. The redshirt freshman ground out a 3-1 loss to No. 3 Isaac Jordan two nights prior against Wisconsin. It’s not a high level of progress, but it’s absolutely welcomed against the alternative.
- Fourth-ranked Sammy Brooks earned himself a pin and a major last weekend in tune up for an eventful 44 hour stretch against Jackson and No. 3 Tim Lambert of Nebraska Sunday at 2 p.m. The Iowa senior is in control of the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament — win two matches, you avoid No. 1 Bo Nickal until the finals. It’s as simple as that.
- As has been par for the course lately, we’ll probably see No. 3 Cory Clark only once this weekend. My money’s on it being tonight against 10-9 Garrett Pepple. No. 4 Eric Montoya looms Sunday, and I’m having trouble envisioning Brands letting Montoya see Clark before a potential postseason tilt.
Anyways, enjoy the dual and please follow along with us in the comments or at the Twitter accounts listed below.
No. 4 Iowa
125 / No. 1 Thomas Gilman, 21-0
133 / No. 3 Cory Clark, 11-1/Phil Laux, 12-11
141 / No. 20 Topher Carton, 18-6
149 / No. 4 Brandon Sorensen, 20-2
157 / No. 2 Michael Kemerer, 22-1
165 / No. 16 Joey Gunther, 15-5
174 / No. 8 Alex Meyer, 17-5
184 / No. 4 Sammy Brooks, 19-2
197 / Cash Wilcke, 12-7
HWT / Steven Holloway, 6-7
125 / No. 19 Elijah Oliver, 12-4/Liam Cronin, 7-13
133 / Garrett Pepple, 10-9
141 / Cole Weaver, 8-14
149 / Chris Perez, 9-6/Luke Blanton, 9-5
157 / Jake Danishek, 18-9
165 / Bryce Martin, 15-5
174 / Devin Skatzka, 22-7
184 / No. 6 Nate Jackson, 26-2
197 / Norman Conley, 8-9/Jake Hinz, 12-11
HWT / Fletcher Miller, 7-16