The third-ranked Iowa wrestlers host #1 Penn State on Saturday night.
There's not a place in the country where college wrestling is more important than at the University of Iowa. The Hawkeyes are expecting a sellout on Saturday when top-ranked Penn State comes to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a dual between undefeated teams.
Iowa is ranked third with a 6-0 dual record. The number-1 Nittany Lions are also 6-0. The two schools have combined to win the last six national titles -- Penn State has won the last three and the Hawkeyes won the three before that.
Iowa leads the overall series, 26-7-2, but the Nittany Lions seem to have widened their gap over Iowa and the Hawks want to change that.
"It's easier to go forward with success than it is without," said Iowa head coach Tom Brands. "We want to have success to be able to go forward. We want to have success because that's what it's about. It's about excellence. If you do stumble, let's work on it. Let's get the cobwebs out, let's get the urgency up and let's go to work. When you go out you have an opportunity.When you have an opportunity, take care of business so you can feel good when you go forward. When it's over and you look back on it, you can feel good about it."
Iowa and Penn State will not meet during the Big Ten season so this non-conference matchup is the only time they'll square off. The match starts at 8 o'clock on Saturday night and can be seen on the Big Ten Network.
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