|| No. 3 Minnesota vs. No. 4 Iowa
Jan. 23, 2013
THE RIVALRY IS BACK!
No. 3 Minnesota is in for a battle royale on Saturday, Jan. 26, when it hosts No. 4 Iowa in the hotly-anticipated rivalry dual in Williams Arena. The dual is set to begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be featured on Big Ten Network.
LAST TIME OUT
With the help of its heavy weight wrestlers, Minnesota Wrestling bounced back from a deficit to defeat Illinois, 18-14, on Monday night. Down 6-14, the final four wrestlers won out the remainder of bouts for the comeback victory.
Another traditional powerhouse in the Big Ten conference, the Iowa Hawkeyes come into the weekend with a 14-1, 4-0 B1G record. The team is fresh off of a two-win weekend, where they defeated Michigan and Michigan State on the road.
Saturday's match is sure to be by far the biggest event of the wrestling season with the largest, loudest crowd there in support of the Gopher grapplers.
Currently, Minnesota is ranked as the No. 3 program in the nation, according to USA Today/NWCA/AWN, with Iowa on its heels at No. 4. InterMat tournament-strength rankings have the positions switched, with Minnesota trailling in fourth.
Iowa leads the all-time series 69-25-1. The Hawkeyes have won six of the last seven meetings and defeated the Gophers 19-12 on its last trip to Minneapolis on Feb. 20, 2011. However, the Gophers took the top spot in the last meeting, defeating the foes 16-15 to advance to the NWCA National Duals final where they became champions.
CLASH OF THE TITANS
Both the Gophers and the Hawkeyes boast nine wrestlers ranked among the nation's best. Iowa had four wrestlers ranked in the top five, while Minnesota has three.
SCHILLER NAMED BIG TEN WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Redshirt sophomore Scott Schiller was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week after upseting then-No. 6 Mario Gonzalez on Monday against Illinois. As the No. 12 rank at 197 lbs., Schiller posted a 4-2 decision to give the Gophers a 15-14 lead and allow for the comeback that kept the team undefeated in the Big Ten.
FOUR REMAIN UNDEFEATED IN DUALS
Four members of the Gophers' starting lineup will put their records on the line on Saturday. They are currently undefeated in conference action with three also remaining perfect in overall dual competition.
Returning Big Ten Champions Tony Nelson and Kevin Steinhaus lead the way with unblemished 9-0 records, 5-0 in Big Ten. Scott Schiller is also 5-0 in league play and has only lost one dual this season. Logan Storley (6-0, 4-0) rounds out the numbers, having a perfect slate since returning from injury.
LIVE ON BIG TEN NETWORK!
It won't be one fans will want to miss, but if you can't make it out to Williams Arena, be sure to check in with the dual live as it's being broadcast on the Big Ten Network. Tim Johnson and Jim Gibbons will provide play-by-play and commentary, while Shane Sparks reports matside.
In addition, February's home dual against Michigan State, will receive air-time as well.
DUAL DAY LIVE
Fans will be able to follow all the action this year through the Dual Day Live. GopherSports will be running a blog for each home event this season. Blogs are available at http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/game-day-live.html.
Live updated will also be available on Twitter @GopherWrestling.
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!
Don't miss your chance to see the epic rivalry in person! Tickets are available now online at www.MyGopherSports.com.