One of the great rivalries in college wrestling reignites this morning when the Iowa and Minnesota wrestling squads battle for the Border Belt in Minneapolis.
This is the 102nd installment of each team’s oldest series. Iowa leads 72-28-1 overall but the teams have split their last three duals. The Hawkeyes have won the past two meetings, including last year’s 34-6 pounding at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa is ranked No. 3, while Minnesota is No. 13 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
This is the first Iowa-Minnesota dual as head coach for Gophers’ Brandon Eggum, who replaced J Robinson in the offseason. Eggum was a three-time All-American for Minnesota and previously spent 16 years on staff. Iowa’s Tom Brands, in his 11th season, posts a 188-19-1 dual record at Iowa.
Iowa wrestling vs. Minnesota meet time, details
Time: Noon ET/11 a.m. CT
Date: Sunday, Feb. 5
Location: Sports Pavilion, Minneapolis, Minn.
Rankings: Minnesota (6-3, 5-2 Big Ten) is ranked No. 13; Iowa (9-2, 5-1) is ranked No. 3
Which TV channel broadcasts Iowa wrestling vs. Minnesota?
BTN will broadcast the meet.
How can I watch Iowa wrestling vs. Minnesota online?
BTN will stream the meet both from its BTN2GO app and from the BTN.com website.
How can I listen to Iowa wrestling vs. Minnesota on the radio?
For Iowa wrestling, 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) is the flagship station.
Who is calling the Iowa wrestling vs. Minnesota meet?
Tim Johnson will handle play-by-play for BTN with Jim Gibbons providing analysis. Steven Grace will handle play-by-play with analyst Mark Ironside for KXIC.
Iowa wrestling vs. Minnesota key matchup
125: No. 1 Thomas Gilman (Iowa) vs. No. 6 Ethan Lizak (Minnesota)
Gilman has dominated his opponents this season, racking up extra team points in 18 of his 20 victories. Lizak (19-3) also has been impressive, joining Gilman with seven technical falls this year.
The competitors wrestled once previously two seasons ago. Gilman won by technical fall, 23-7, in Minneapolis.
Iowa wrestling vs. Minnesota probable matchups
Weight: Minnesota vs. Iowa
125: No. 6 Ethan Lizak (19-3) vs. No. 1 Thomas Gilman (20-0)
133: No. 17 Mitch McKee (17-10) vs. No. 2 Cory Clark (10-1)
141: No. 12 Tommy Thorn (11-4) vs. No. 18 Topher Carton (18-5)
149: Carson Brolsma (12-13) vs. No. 3 Brandon Sorensen (19-2)
157: No. 9 Jake Short (17-9) vs. No. 2 Michael Kemerer (21-1)
165: No. 15 Nick Wanzek (20-8) vs. Joey Gunther (13-5)
174: Chris Pfarr (15-8) vs. No. 13 Alex Meyer (16-5)
184: Bobby Stevenson (9-12) vs. No. 5 Sammy Brooks (19-2)
197: No. 2 Brett Pfarr (20-1) vs. TBD
HWT: No. 8 Michael Kroelis (20-7) vs. Steven Holloway (6-6)