IOWA CITY, Iowa — Fierce Big Ten wrestling competitors Iowa and Penn State lock up once again in a Big Ten dual meet at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa.
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) and lost previously to Michigan (19-17) and Ohio State (22-12).
The Iowa-Penn State dual has become one of the nation’s must-see wrestling events, and Saturday’s 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.”
Iowa-Penn State updates
Iowa wrestling vs. Penn State meet time, details
Time: 8 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CT
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
How can I watch Iowa wrestling vs. Penn State on TV?
BTN will air the dual live from Bryce Jordan Center.
How can I watch Iowa wrestling vs. Penn State online?
BTN 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)
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