|IOWA VS. WISCONSIN|
|DATE||Sunday, Dec. 1 | 7:03 p.m. CT|
|LOCATION||Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,077)|
ON THE MAT
The top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team hosts No. 6 Wisconsin on Sunday at 7:03 p.m. inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for youth.
IOWA VS. WISCONSIN
Iowa leads the all-time series, 78-8-3, including a 39-4-1 all-time record in Iowa City.
The Hawkeyes have won the last eight meetings and 39 of the last 40 dating back to 1975. Wisconsin’s only win during that time was a 21-14 decision inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Jan. 27, 2007. The series dates back to 1923, an 8-6 Iowa win.
IOWA RANKED NO. 1
The Hawkeyes are ranked No. 1 in the NWCA Coaches Poll for the first time since Feb. 17, 2015. Iowa was 15-0 at the time and the unanimous No. 1 team.
Prior to this week, Penn State had a hold on the top ranking for 36 straight polls. The Nittany Lions lost to No. 10 Arizona State on Nov. 22, 19-18. Two days later, No. 2 Iowa handled No. 11 Iowa State, 29-6.
BRANDS APPROACHES B1G #100
Iowa head coach Tom Brands has a 99-10 Big Ten record in 13 full seasons. His next conference win will be No. 100. Brands has had eight undefeated Big Ten seasons, and won or shared the Big Ten regular season title 10 times under Brands’ watch.
BIG TEN OPENERS
Iowa has won 21 straight conference openers, including 13 in a row under head coach Tom Brands. Iowa’s last loss in a Big Ten opener was a 25-17 defeat to Penn State to open the 1997-98 conference season.
No. 6 Wisconsin is the first top five team to visit Carver-Hawkeye Arena since No. 3 Oklahoma State on Jan. 14, 2018. Iowa won that dual, 20-12.
All five of Iowa’s remaining home opponents are ranked inside the top 14. They include No. 2 Nebraska (1/18), No. 8 Ohio State (1/24), No. 3 Penn State (1/31), No. 14 Minnesota (2/15) and No. 9 Oklahoma State (2/24).
RIGHT ON BRAND(S)
Redshirt freshman Nelson Brands, who entered the season billed as a 165-pounder, opened his college career with an 8-4 decision at 184 against Chattanooga on Nov. 17. One week later, he returned to the mat as a 184-pounder and defeated Iowa State’s No. 7 Sam Colbray, 4-3, in the first tiebreak period. It was his first career win against a ranked opponent. Brands was 18-0 wrestling as a true freshman unattached in 2018-19.
MARINELLI IN THE MOMENT
Junior Alex Marinelli has won the last three meetings against Wisconsin’s Evan Wick. He won by 4-3 decision at the 2018 Midlands, 6-4 decision in sudden victory in the 2019 dual, and 2-1 in the semifinals of the 2019 Big Ten Championships.
Marinelli is 12-2 in his last 14 meetings against ranked wrestlers, including a 5-1 mark against wrestlers ranked in the top 5.
Marinelli is 17-0 all-time in Big Ten duals, and 13-0 all-time at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
DESANTO GETS SHOT AT NO. 1
Junior Austin DeSanto is scheduled to face Wisconsin’s Seth Gross at 133 pounds. Gross is ranked No. 1 by Intermat. DeSanto is ranked No. 2. DeSanto was 6-5 last season against top 10 opponents. His highest ranked win was against No. 3 Nick Suriano, 6-4, on Jan. 18, 2019, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
HOME SWEET HOME
Spencer Lee, Alex Marinelli, and Jacob Warner are undefeated in their careers at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Marinelli is 13-0 all-time at Carver. Lee owns a record of 12-0. Warner is undefeated in five home matches.
In Lee’s 11 home wins, he has four pins, four technical falls, and two major decisions. Four of the wins are against top 10 opponents.
Among Marinelli’s 13 wins, he has five pins, three technical falls, and one major decision.
THE B1G STORY: ALEX AND ELI
Following Iowa’s dual against Wisconsin, BTN will debut a new wrestling-centric episode of The B1G Story, a documentary-style program produced by the Emmy-nominated BTN Originals team. At 9 p.m., The B1G Story: Alex & Eli will explore the friendship and bond of Iowa All-American Alex Marinelli and former Wisconsin wrestler, Eli Stickley.