|#4 IOWA vs. #16 LEHIGH|
|DATE||Saturday, Dec. 8 | 7:30 p.m. CT|
|LOCATION||Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,077)|
|RADIO | LISTEN||Hawkeye Radio Network | Hawkeye All-Access|
|TELEVISION||BTN Plus | FloWrestling|
ON THE MAT
The fourth-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team hosts No. 16 Lehigh at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (CT). Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for youth. Children five-years-old and younger and UI students are admitted free.
IOWA VS. LEHIGH
Iowa is 25-0 all-time against Lehigh. That includes a 14-0 mark in Iowa City. The teams last met on Feb. 14, 2014. Iowa won the dual 31-6 in Bethlehem.
Iowa won the first meeting in the series, 33-3, in 1972. The largest margin of victory was a 47-0 Hawkeye win in January, 1986. The most narrow margin of victory was just one 11 months later, an 18-17 win December, 1986.
MOVING UP THE RANKINGS
Sophomore Kaleb Young and redshirt freshman Jacob Warner both jumped up the rankings this week.
Young moved up seven spots in the TrackWrestling rankings, from No. 12 to No. 5. It is the highest ranking of his career. Young is 5-0 with two pins and a major decision. he has one win over a ranked wrestler, pinning No. 14 Griffin Parriott in 3:37. He was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week following that victory. Young was ranked No. 17 in TrackWrestling’s preseason rankings.
Warner moved up five spots this week, ascending from the No. 11 to No. 6 in the Intermat rankings. Warner debuted last week with a 5-4 win over No. 5 Willie Miklus. He is 1-0.
NEXT MAN IN
Fourteen Hawkeyes have at least one dual win this season. Iowa has opened the season with three projected starters on the bench, including redshirt freshman Jacob Warner (197), and All-Americans Michael Kemerer (174) and Sam Stoll (285).
Starters Spencer Lee (125) and Pat Lugo (149) have missed one dual this season.
In their absense, Carter Happel, Myles Wilson, Connor Corbin, Mitch Bowman, and Aaron Costello have picked up wins for Iowa.
Happel and Bowman have each bumped up a weight class this year. Happel shutout Parker Filius of Purdue, 2-0, at 149. Bowman has two wins at 197. First a 6-2 decision in the season opener, and later a 7-5 win over No. 11 Christian Brunner of Purdue.
Aaron Costello has posted a 3-1 mark at heavyweight. He has outscored his opponents 16-2 in his three wins. His lone loss was a 3-1 decision in sudden victory.
Reshirt freshmen Connor Corbin and Myles Wilson also have dual wins. Corbin is 1-1 at 197, and Wilson is 2-3 at 174.
This week’s probable lineup includes four weight classes with a two-deep. Bowman and Costello are listed at 184 and 285, respectively. Paul Glynn and Jeremiah Moody are listed at 133 and 165, respectively. Neither Glynn or Moody have appeared in a dual this season. Glynn was 3-6 in duals last year at 133. Moody has one career dual start, recording a fall in 0:25 against Iowa Central. He wrestled that dual at 184 pounds.
A LITTLE EXTRA ON TOP
Sophomore Spencer Lee has a team-high 11-match winning streak. It is a career-long for Lee. He had a nine-match winning streak in 2017-18. The 11-match streak includes 10 bonus point victories (two major decision, six technical falls, two pins), eight wins over ranked opponents, and a decision in the 2018 NCAA finals.
HAWKEYE WRESTLING HISTORY
Iowa earned its 1,000th dual win in program history Nov. 9, topping California 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). The Hawkeyes’ overall dual meet record is 1,004-230-31 (.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.