The #1 wrestling team, the Iowa Hawkeyes, in the NCAA will host the #2 Penn State Nittany Lions on Friday night at 8:05 P.M. on Friday night and this dual will be standing room only.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena is listed at 15,500 at capacity and this meet has been sold out for months.  With standing room only ticket sales, Friday night's meet could push the "indoor" attendance record for a Division I NCAA wrestling meet (Penn State set the record of 15,998 at Bryce Jordan Center in 2018 versus Iowa).

Although Iowa leads the all-time series 27-10-2, Penn State has won the last 2 meetings-- including its last two visits to Iowa City, 26-11, on January 20th, 2017.  In fact, the Iowa Hawkeyes have not beaten the Nittany Lions in almost 5 years.  The last Hawkeye dual win was 18-12 at Penn State on February 8, 2015.

Friday is just the second time Iowa and Penn State are meeting as #1 and #2 in the NWCA Coaches' Poll.  The only other meeting was January 5, 1986-- which Iowa won 35-5.

PROBABLE LINEUPS

IOWA

  • 125 SPENCER LEE #1 10-0
  • 133 AUSTIN DESANTO #2 12-1
  • 141 MAX MURNIN #7 10-1 OR
  • CARTER HAPPEL 6-4
  • 149 PAT LUGO #2 13-1
  • 157 KALEB YOUNG  #4 11-2
  • 165 ALEX MARINELLI #2 14-0
  • 174 MICHAEL KEMERER #2 8-0
  • 184 ABE ASSAD #6 19-3
  • 197 JABOB WARNER #5 10-3
  • 285 TONY CASSIOPPI #3 13-0

PENN STATE

  • 125 BRANDON MEREDITH NR 11-8
  • 133 ROMAN BRAVO-YOUNG #3 12-0
  • 141 NICK LEE #1 12-0
  • 149 JAROD VERLEEREN #19 12-3 OR
  • LUKE GARDNER NR 6-1
  • 157 BRADY BERGE NR 1-0 OR
  • BO PIPHER NR 8-9
  • 165 VINCENZO JOSEPH #1 7-0
  • 174 MARK HALL #1 15-0
  • 184 AARON BROOKS #7 7-1
  • 197 SHAKUR RASHEED #11 2-2
  • 285 SETH NEVILLS #13 10-0

IF YOU GO:

The University of Iowa Athletics Department announced Tuesday that CAMBUS will provide complimentary shuttle services to and from Hancher Auditorium for the three remaining Hawkeye Wrestling duals on the 2020 schedule.

CAMBUS service from Hancher begins 90 minutes prior to the start of the dual, and will run continuously until 30 minutes after the end of the dual, or until all riders have been accommodated.

The drop-off and pick-up areas are the CAMBUS shelter in the Hancher Auditorium commuter parking lot, and along Newton Road near the East entrance of Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa City and Carver-Hawkeye Arena is going to be nuts!