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Iowa vs. Oklahoma State

Iowa v Penn State

It’s time for one of the best wrestling rivalries to be renewed.

It’s Iowa vs. Oklahoma State and as always, it promises to be intriguing. The Cowboys are ranked No. 3 in the country and come to Carver hoping to avoid an upset at the hands of the No. 7 ranked Hawkeyes.

The Hawkeyes had won three straight before last years 24-11 setback in Stillwater and once again, Okie State will be favored.

Here are the probable lineups:

If you aren’t excited for Spencer Lee vs. Nick Piccininni, Alex Marinelli vs. Chandler Rogers and Sam Stoll vs. Derek White, well I really don’t know what to tell you. I’m not entirely sure the Hawkeyes will be able to pull out this dual, but it’s going to be a lot of fun nevertheless.

I’m also looking forward to seeing how Cash Wilcke can square up against the best competition he’s had this season in Preston Weigel. Wilcke has shown plenty of flashes this season and comes into the match with an unblemished record.

It’s incredible to me how winning one match (and a couple at Midlands) has shot Lee up in the rankings, but I guess I’m not really complaining. He’s obviously going to be a great college wrestler and this weekend will be against some great high-level competition.

That’s one of the great things about this yearly matchup — OSU is nearly always good and gives us a chance to see how the Hawkeyes stack up against another top program that’s not in the Big Ten.

It’s one of the few truly historic wrestling rivalries and is always fun to watch. If you’re anywhere within easy driving distance of Iowa City, I strongly suggest taking the time to go watch this dual.

Iowa... has potential to do some stuff this year. I’m far more confident of this than I was at the beginning of the year, which is honestly a good thing. This group has been a bit more fun than maybe it was projected to be and I’ll be curious to see what happens on Sunday afternoon.

The meet will be televised on BTN (hooray!) and is slated to start at 3:02 p.m., God’s time.

This dual really starts the heart of the Hawkeyes season. A visit to Columbus looms on the 21st, followed by a home date against Michigan and then a visit to Minnesota. It’ll be interesting how this next little stretch goes and very well could be where we figure out how good this Iowa team truly is.