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ON THE MAT
The top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team travels to Niceville, Florida, to compete at the Collegiate Wrestling Duals hosted by Journeymen Wrestling on Dec. 20-21.
The Hawkeyes wrestle Central Michigan and No. 17 Lehigh on Dec. 20 inside Raider Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College. Iowa meets Central Michigan at 6 p.m. (CT) and Lehigh at 8 p.m. The Hawkeyes will wrestle once Dec. 21 against an opponent yet to be determined.
JOURNEYMEN COLLEGIATE DUALS
The Journeymen Collegiate Duals features 12 Division I teams – nine of which are ranked in the Top 25 – in a pooled dual meet competition. The ranked schools include No. 1 Iowa, No. 2 Penn State, No. 5 NC State, No. 6 Arizona State, No. 8 Virginia Tech, No. 10 Missouri, No. 11 Cornell, No. 17 Lehigh and No. 22 Northern Iowa. Binghamton, Central Michigan and Hofstra are also scheduled to compete. The dual tournament is split into two divisions. Iowa’s Day 2 opponent will come from the other side of its blue pool.
Red Pool: Binghamton University, Central Michigan University , Lehigh University, University of Iowa, University of Missouri and NC State University.
Blue Pool: Arizona State University, Cornell University, Hofstra University, Penn State University, University of Northern Iowa and Virginia Tech
IOWA VS. CENTRAL MICHIGAN
The Hawkeyes are 3-0 all-time against Central Michigan. The schools last met at the 2008 Journeymen Duals in Troy, New York. Iowa won eight-of-10 to defeat the Chips, 27-6. Iowa assistant coach Ryan Morningstar won by 3-1 decision (sudden victory) in the last meeting.
IOWA VS. LEHIGH
The Hawkeyes are undefeated in 26 all-time meetings with Lehigh. The 26 meetings without a loss are the most against any opponent in program history. Iowa won the last meeting, 28-14, on Dec. 8, 2018 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
NO. 1 IN THE COUNTRY
The defending NCAA champion Hawkeyes are ranked No. 1 in the NWCA Coaches Poll for the 26th consecutive week. The 26-week stretch is the longest since Iowa spent 38 weeks at the top of the rankings from Jan. 15, 2008, until Feb. 23, 2010. (The poll started weekly rankings in 1997. Bi-weekly and monthly rankings started in 1960). Since 1960, the Hawkeyes have appeared at the top spot of the national poll 218 times.
Iowa has won 21 straight overall and 20 straight at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes’ 21-dual winning streak is the longest active streak in the country. Iowa’s 20-dual winning streak at Carver-Hawkeye Arena is its longest since winning 38 straight from 2008-12. The Hawkeyes’ last loss at Carver-Hawkeye Arena was Jan. 27, 2018 (19-17 versus No. 7 Michigan). Iowa has won 23 consecutive Big Ten duals, its longest conference streak since winning 24 straight from 2014-17.
BONUS POINTS OR BUST
Senior Jaydin Eierman has scored bonus points in each of his six wins. Eierman has a team-high three falls and won twice by major decision and once by medical forfeit.
Senior Austin DeSanto is 7-0 with a team-high five technical falls. DeSanto has 32 career technical falls. He has scored 20 points or more in four of his seven wins and has 25 career matches of scoring 20 points or more. Junior Nelson Brands has won by major decision in two of his three wins this season. Brands is wrestling in the varsity lineup at 174 for the first time in his career. Including tournament action, Brands is 8-0 in his career at 174 pounds.
HAWKEYE WRESTLING HISTORY
The Hawkeyes have won 24 national titles and 37 Big Ten titles. Iowa’s 55 NCAA champions have won a total of 85 NCAA individual titles, crowning seven three-time and 16 two-time champions. The Hawkeyes’ 117 Big Ten champions have combined for 207 conference titles. There have been seven four-time, 19 three-time, and 31 two-time Big Ten champions from Iowa. Iowa’s 161 All-Americans have earned All-America status 352 times, including 22 four-time, 40 three-time and 41 two-time honorees.