|#7 IOWA vs. #3 OKLAHOMA STATE|
|DATE||Sunday, Jan. 14 | 3:02 p.m. CT|
|LOCATION||Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,077)|
|RADIO | LISTEN||Hawkeye All-Access | iHeartRadio|
|ONLINE/MOBILE VIDEO||BTN2Go | FloWrestling|
ON THE MAT
The University of Iowa wrestling team hosts No. 3 Oklahoma State on Sunday at 3:02 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Mat inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Tickets to Sunday’s dual are $15 for adults and $10 for youth 18-years-old and younger. UI students and children five and under are free, but everyone must have a ticket. Tickets are available at hawkeyesports.com/tickets, over the phone at 1-800-IA-HAWKS, or at the UI Athletics Ticket Office inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Sunday marks the 52nd all-time meeting between two schools that have combined to win 57 NCAA Championships (Oklahoma State 34, Iowa 23). The Cowboys lead the all-time series 28-21-2.
Iowa had won three straight in the series before Oklahoma State’s 24-11 win in Stillwater last season.
Iowa owns a 12-10 series record in duals wrestled in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes have won the last two meetings in Iowa City, including a 24-6 win in 2014, and an 18-16 win on Nov. 14, 2015 at Kinnick Stadium.
Three wrestlers in this week’s probable lineups competed at the Grapple on the Gridiron at Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 14, 2015.
Oklahoma State’s Dean Heil, and Iowa’s Brandon Sorensen and Sam Stoll competed in front of the largest dual meet crowd in NCAA history (42,287).
Heil, ranked No. 1 at 141, defeated Logan Ryan, 7-3. Sorensen, ranked No. 3 at 149, defeated No. 8 Anthony Collica, 6-1. Stoll, who was unranked and making his collegiate debut, fell 6-1 to No. 5 Austin Marsden.
SORENSEN MAKES FOURTH APPEARANCE IN SERIES
Senior Brandon Sorensen is making his fourth appearance in the Iowa-Oklahoma State series. He is 2-1 in three previous duals. In 2015, the fifth-ranked freshman defeated No. 2 Josh Kindig, 6-1, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. As a third-ranked sophomore in the 2015-16 season opener, he defeated No. 8 Anthony Collica, 6-1, at the Grapple on the Gridiron. Last season in Stillwater, No. 2 Sorensen and No. 3 Collica traded three escapes through 11 minutes of wrestling, and when the clock expired Collica owned a two-second advantage in riding time to win 4-3 after two tiebreak periods.
Sunday is Sorensen’s first Iowa-Oklahoma State dual at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. He is 31-3 all-time at Carver.
Sorensen has 54 career dual starts. Sam Stoll ranks second on the team with 27 career dual starts.
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION… WELCOME ALL CHALLENGERS
The seventh-ranked Hawkeyes ring in the New Year with a January schedule that includes top-ranked Penn State, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 8 Michigan, No. 14 Minnesota, and No. 25 Northwestern.
The Hawkeyes wrestle Oklahoma State, Michigan, Minnesota, and Northwestern at home, in that particular order.
Iowa wrestles at Ohio State on Jan. 21 and at Penn State on Feb. 10. All five duals are televised by BTN.
Carver-Hawkeye Arena single dual tickets are $15/$10 (adult/youth) for duals against Oklahoma State (Jan. 14), Michigan, (Jan. 27), and Minnesota (Feb. 4). Northwestern tickets are $12/$8.
LEE AND MARINELLI IMPRESS IN DEBUTS
True freshman Spencer Lee and redshirt freshman Alex Marinelli made their Carver-Hawkeye Arena debuts Jan. 5 against Michigan State.
Lee opened the dual with a fall in 46 seconds against Kayvon Foley at 125 pounds.
Marinelli won by 24-5 technical fall at 165 pounds.
Marinelli made his collegiate debut Dec. 8 at Rutgers. He has since gone 7-0 with two pins, two wins over ranked opponents, and winning the Midlands championship at 165 pounds.
Lee was 6-1 with three falls and three technical falls competing unattached this season at 125 pounds.
Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 995-228-31 (.799) in 108 seasons. The University of Iowa would be the fourth team in NCAA history to reach 1,000 program wins (Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Oregon State).
The Hawkeyes have won 23 national titles and 35 Big Ten titles. Iowa’s 54 NCAA Champions have won a total of 82 NCAA individual titles, crowning six three-time and 16 two-time champions. The Hawkeyes’ 112 Big Ten champions have combined for 199 conference titles. There have been seven four-time, 18 three-time, and 30 two-time Big Ten champions from Iowa.
Iowa’s 154 All-Americans have earned All-America status 324 times, including 19 four-time, 37 three-time and 39 two-time honorees.
SORENSEN’S HOT START
Senior Brandon Sorensen, ranked No. 2 at 149 pounds, has opened the season with 13 straight wins, including two technical falls, three major decisions, and four falls.
This is the third straight year Sorensen opened the season with at least 13 consecutive wins. He started the 2015-16 season with 25 straight wins, a career-best winning streak, and opened last year with 17 straight wins. Sorensen is 31-3 all-time at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
KEMERER CONTINUES PIN PARTY
Sophomore Michael Kemerer is 14-0 this season with seven pins. Kemerer had four pins all of last season in 36 matches. He has twice this season been named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week.
Five of his seven falls have come in the first period. Kemerer earned the Most Pins/Fastest Time award at the 2017 Midlands Championships. He pinned four opponents in a total of 9:54.
Kemerer is 14-0 for the second straight season. He opened his redshirt freshman year with 19 consecutive wins.
The Hawkeye 197 and 285-pounders have a combined record of 24-0 with 14 wins by bonus points.
Cash Wilcke, the sophomore 197-pounder, is riding a career-best 13-match winning streak. He has two major decisions, one technical fall, and two falls. He is also 2-0 in overtime. Wilcke won 197-pound title at the Midlands Championships.
Stoll has won a career-best 11 straight matches to open the season. Stoll won the 285-pound title at the Midlands Championships, and has six falls among his 11 wins.
HAWKEYES AT HOME
The Hawkeyes are 245-24 all-time at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since moving from the UI Field House in 1983. The Hawkeyes have recorded 20 undefeated seasons in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the most recent in 2012-13 (9-0).
Carver-Hawkeye Arena has hosted two United States Olympic Team Trials, four Big Ten Championships (1983, 1994, 2005, 2016), and four NCAA Championships (1986, 1991, 1995, 2001). The Hawkeyes have won five tournament titles on their home mat, including the 1983 and 1994 Big Ten Championships, and the 1986, 1991 and 1995 NCAA Championships. Carver-Hawkeye Arena hosts the 2018 UWW World Cup on April 7-8, 2018.