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Iowa wrestling: Preview of Friday night’s meet

[ 0 ] February 7, 2013 |


What: Iowa at Illinois

Mat Matters: The second-ranked Hawkeyes (16-1, 6-0 Big Ten) can clinch a share of their fifth Big Ten dual title in six years Friday night with a victory at No. 8 Illinois (6-4, 2-4).

Iowa is coming off a 22-16 victory against then-No. 1 Penn State. The Nittany Lions bounced back two days later with a 37-0 whipping of the Illini.

Illinois features six ranked wrestlers in its lineup, including 125-pound all-American Jesse Delgado, the only current college wrestler who owns a victory against Iowa’s Matt McDonough. Delgado topped the two-time NCAA champion 11-7 in Dec. 2011. The Iowa senior has won 42 straight matches since the defeat.

Iowa’s Nick Moore (165) and Mike Evans (174) will face a pair of eighth-ranked all-Americans when they take on Conrad Polz and Jordan Blanton.

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About Andy Hamilton: University of Iowa graduate Andy Hamilton is originally from Williams, Iowa, and started at the Des Moines Register in August after 12 years at the Press-Citizen. He covers wrestling for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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