Hawkeyes Host One-Loss Badgers

Tom Brands and the #5 Iowa Hswkeyes look to continue their success from Friday's 36-3 win over Purdue as they return to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday night to take on the 15-1 Badgers. Read notes about tonight's meet in this free wrestling update.

Last night, Iowa traveled to West Lafayette, Ind. to take on the Purdue Boilermakers. Iowa won nine of the 10 matches, scoring bonus points in five of them as they cruised to a 36-3 victory.

In that dual, second-ranked Eric Luedke had his 18th consecutive win, the longest streak on the team this year. Unranked Alex Grunder, known for his relentless, energetic style, scored a 7-5 victory over 11th-ranked Jake Patacsil. Mario Galanakis returned to form, pinning his opponent in 2:48, after struggling with an injury in recent weeks. Matt Fields and Alex Tsirtsis both put together plenty of offense, winning their matches by a combined score of 34-14.

Wisconsin comes into this meet ranked 9th in the nation with a record of 15-1. Their first loss of the season came Friday night to the team they were tied with at 9th, the Northwestern Wildcats. The match finished at heavyweight, with Dustin Fox defeating Kyle Massey to lock up a 19-18 victory for the Wildcats.

Probable Starters

Iowa Hawkeyes (10-2 Overall, 1-0 Big Ten)

Wt.  Name              Yr. Record

125  Charlie Falck     So. 13-5/9-3
133  Mario Galanakis   Sr. 17-4/10-2
  OR Daniel Dennis     So. 0-0/0-0
141  Alex Tsirtsis     Jr. 16-5/9-3
149  Alex Grunder      Sr. 10-8/6-4
157  Ryan Morningstar *Fr. 17-6/9-3
165  Mark Perry        Jr. 14-3/10-2
  OR Ben Stedman       Sr. 4-2/1-0
174  Eric Luedke       Sr. 19-1/10-0
184  Phillip Keddy    *Fr. 9-8/6-6
197  Rick Loera       *Fr. 4-5/0-2
HWT  Matt Fields       Jr. 15-7/9-3

Wisconsin Badgers (15-0 Overall, 1-0 Big Ten)

Wt.       Name        Yr.  Record

125  Collin Cudd      Jr.  16-4/13-2
133  Zach Tanelli     So.  15-2/15-0
141  Kyle Ruschell    Fr.  20-4/12-3
149  Tyler Turner     Sr.  14-3/12-1
157  Craig Henning    Jr.  18-1/12-0
165  Jake Donar       Jr.  7-8/5-6
174  Mike Felling     So.  10-7/3-2
  OR Matt Maciag      Jr.  9-3/5-2
184  Trevor Brandvold Fr.  11-3/9-1
  OR Justin Peterson  So.  6-3/4-1
197  Dallas Herbst    So.  18-3/14-1
HWT  Kyle Massey      So.  10-4/8-4

What to expect

Despite the impressive record, the Wisconsin Badgers have only two wrestlers ranked in the top ten at their weight (#7 Tyler Turner, #6 Craig Henning.) Iowa has four (#6 Alex Tsirtsis, #4 Mark Perry, #2 Eric Luedke, #6 Matt Fields.) The match up of the night will likely be at 157 pounds as Craig Henning takes on #17 Ryan Morningstar. Morningstar has struggled with consistency this season, particularly with his offense. He defeated then-number one Trent Paulson of Iowa State, but has lost two of his last four matches, including an 8-0 major decision loss to James Strouse of Hofstra. If Morningstar can come out aggressive in that match and keep some offensive intensity, he has the ability to come away with a win.

Iowa should have no problem with the Badgers if they wrestle the way they did on Friday, with fire, intensity, and a desire for bonus points. That was, according to most, the first time this team has wrestled with that intensity since the Iowa/Iowa State dual meet.

Final Score Prediction:
Iowa 26
Wisconsin 9

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