Iowa and Penn State wrestling lock up once again in a Big Ten dual meet on Saturday, February 10 at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa. Find the time, TV channel and watch online information below.
Defending national champion Penn State (12-0, 8-0 Big Ten) is ranked No. 1 nationally and stopped No. 2 Ohio State 19-18 in a thrilling dual last week. Iowa (11-2, 6-2) lost previously to Michigan (19-17) and Ohio State (22-12).
Iowa-Penn State wrestling: Time
Iowa and Penn State wrestling will face off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 10.
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Feb. 10
Location: Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pa.
Rankings: Iowa (11-2, 6-2) is ranked No. 7; Penn State (12-0, 8-0) is ranked No. 1
Iowa-Penn State wrestling: TV channel
The Big Ten Network will air the dual live from Bryce Jordan Center.
Iowa-Penn State wrestling: Watch online
The Big Ten Network will stream the meet on BTN-Plus and the BTN2GO app.
How can I listen to Iowa wrestling vs. Penn State on the radio?
For Iowa wrestling, 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) is the flagship station. For Penn State wrestling, 1390 AM (WRSC-State College) is the flagship affiliate.
Who is calling the Iowa wrestling vs. Penn State meet?
Steven Grace handles play-by-play while two-time NCAA champion Mark Ironside adds analysis for KXIC. Jeff Byers calls the action for WRSC.
How can I buy tickets for Iowa wrestling vs. Penn State?
The dual at Bryce Jordan Center is sold out. Click here for ticket information from TicketCity.com.
Iowa wrestling vs. Penn State key matchup
149: No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) vs. No. 1 Zain Retherford (Penn State)
These wrestlers have battled four times previously, with Retherford winning all four. Two were decisive, including in last year’s semifinals (fall, 2:37) and in the 2016 NCAA championship (10-1 major decision). But two regular-season matches were tight, including last season’s 9-8 double-overtime victory for Retherford in Iowa City.
Sorensen is 18-0 this year, and Retherford is 21-0. This is the first of three possible meetings between the foes this year.
“You’ve got to stay on the attack, you’ve got stay in there focused and know who your opponent is and do what Sorensen does best,” Brands said.
Iowa wrestling vs. Penn State probable lineups
Weight: Penn State vs. Iowa
125: Carson Kuhn (0-1)/Devin Schnupp (1-14) vs. No. 3 Spencer Lee (12-1)
133: Corey Keener (12-6) vs. Paul Glynn (7-8)
141: No. 8 Nick Lee (20-4)/Jered Cortez (11-1) vs. Vince Turk (8-5)/Carter Happel (11-7)
149: No. 1 Zain Retherford (21-0) vs. No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (18-0)
157: No. 1 Jason Nolf (19-1)/Luke Gardiner (6-4)/Bo Phipher (7-10) vs. No. 2 Michael Kemerer (18-0)
165: No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph (16-0) vs. No. 7 Alex Marinelli (12-0)
174: No. 2 Mark Hall (22-0) vs. Joey Gunther (12-3)/Kaleb Young (9-7)
184: No. 1 Bo Nickal (21-0) vs. No. 20 Mitch Bowman (10-7)
197: No. 8 Anthony Cassar (16-2)/Shakur Rasheed (15-2)/Matt McCutcheon (5-3) vs. No. 7 Cash Wilcke (15-3)
HWT: No. 6 Nick Nevills (20-4) vs. No. 3 Sam Stoll (15-1)
The Iowa-Penn State dual has become one of the nation’s must-see wrestling events, and the Saturday battle is no different. Bryce Jordan Center is sold out, and on TicketCity.com, the starting ticket price is $103.
“I feel like it’s a dual that people are interested in every single year because both programs are always in that national title conversation,” said Iowa 157-pound wrestler Michael Kemerer, a Pennsylvania native who is ranked No. 2. “Then you’ve got teams like Ohio State that are in there. So I’d say when Penn State, Iowa, Ohio State, teams like that are wrestling, everyone wants to watch. So I’d say it’s definitely a rivalry.”
“It’s like we talk about with big dual meets that are highlighted on the calendar,” Iowa coach Tom Brands said. “You’ve got to be up for it; at the same time, you’ve got to stick to your routine and do the things that you do best.”
Kemerer and 125-pound phenom Spencer Lee, who is ranked No. 3, are returning to their home state to battle in front of former coaches, allies, foes, friends and family. Lee was less interested in the return to Pennsylvania than perhaps Kemerer.
“It’s no different than any other competition, but it is going to be nice having friends that I haven’t seen since high school maybe be there,” Lee said. “It will be kind of cool.”
“Going back to Pennsylvania is good for family and friends,” Kemerer said. “They get a chance to see you wrestle and talk to them after the match. I owe a lot of my success, coming out here, to the people I’ve been around, growing up [around], so it’s good they can see me in a match.”
Both Kemerer and Lee became Iowa fans in the heart of Penn State territory. Kemerer recalls watching an Iowa-Penn State dual and getting autographs from Brent Metcalf, a national champion at Iowa.
“Back before Penn State won all those national titles, I remember going to a match, Iowa vs. Penn State. It was at Rec Hall,” Kemerer said. “Iowa was like national champs that. I remember watching, they went out and whooped up on Penn State. I remember after the dual, there were a bunch of people crowding around the Iowa guys, getting autographs from the Iowa guys, a bunch of Penn State fans. I was like, ‘These guys must be the real deal.’ Then just watching them wrestle after that, I was a huge fan, always followed the program. Once I got out here on my visit and everything, that was it.”
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