|IOWA vs. PRINCETON|
|DATE||Friday, Nov. 16 | 7 p.m. CT|
|LOCATION||Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,077)|
|RADIO | LISTEN||Hawkeye Radio Network | Hawkeye All-Access|
ON THE MAT
The third-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team hosts Princeton at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday at 7 p.m. (CT) in its 2018-19 home opener. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for youth. Children five-years-old and younger and UI students are admitted free.
IOWA VS. PRINCETON
Iowa and Princeton are meeting for the second time in school history. The Hawkeyes won the only meeting, 36-7 in Blairstown, New Jersey, in 2001.
A PAIR OF NO. 1s
Friday’s probable lineup includes a pair of top-ranked wrestlers, one from each team.
Iowa’s Spencer Lee is the nation’s top-ranked wrestler at 125. Princeton’s Matthew Kolodzik is ranked No. 1 at 149.
Both wrestlers put their top spot on the line Friday against ranked wrestlers. Lee faces No. 14 Patrick Glory. Kolodzik wrestles No. 12 Pat Lugo. Lee and Glory are meeting for the first time. Lugo pinned Kolodzik in 4:38 at the 2017 Midlands Championships.
HELLO, MY NAME IS:
Iowa’s probable lineup includes six wrestlers who could make their Carver-Hawkeye Arena debuts. They include redshirt freshmen Max Murin (141), Myles Wilson (174), Connor Corbin (197), and Aaron Costello (285), and transfers Austin DeSanto (133) and Pat Lugo (149). DeSanto wrestled at Drexel last season as a true freshman. Lugo redshirted at Iowa last year after wrestling two seasons at Edinboro.
UP-AND-DOWN THE LINEUP
Junior Cash Wilcke and sophomore Kaleb Young returned to the lineup at different weight classes in the season opener. Young wrestled at 157. He was 9-7 last year wrestling at 165 and 174.
Wilcke was a national qualifier in 2017 and 2018 competing at 197 pounds. He wrestled at 184 in the season opener, the same spot he wrestled as a true freshman (13-3).
Both wrestlers were 2-0 last week. Young picked up a 13-4 major decision and recorded his first career fall (4:04). Wilcke won twice by major decision, 12-4, 18-7.
HAWKEYE WRESTLING HISTORY
Iowa earned its 1,000th dual win in program history Nov. 9, topping Cal State Bakersfield, 36-3, in Kent, Ohio. Iowa is one of four NCAA Division I schools with 1,000 program wins (Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Oregon State).
Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 1,001-230-31 (.799) in 109 seasons.
The Hawkeyes have won 23 national titles and 35 Big Ten titles. Iowa’s 55 NCAA Champions have won a total of 83 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 157 All-Americans have earned All-America status 329 times, including 20 four-time, 36 three-time and 40 two-time honorees.
HAWKEYES AND CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA
The Hawkeyes are 248-25 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.
In 2018, the University of Iowa hosted the UWW World Cup, an international dual tournament featuring eight of the top countries in the world.