The two most storied programs in the history of Division I college wrestling who have combined for 57 national team titles will square off on Sunday, January 14th at 3 pm central time inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. While both programs remain near the top, neither has won the ultimate prize since 2010 making this the longest combined title drought for these two schools in the history of college wrestling. Only once before had even four years passed without either the Cowboys or the Hawkeyes claiming college wrestling's most coveted trophy, from 1950-1953 when Iowa State Teachers College (Northern Iowa), Oklahoma, and Penn State were the victors with the Sooners winning back to back in 1951 and 1952. These are not programs used to playing second-fiddle to anyone.
When Oklahoma State and Iowa clash on Sunday it will be the 52nd meeting in the series with the Cowboys holding a 28-21-2 edge overall. Because of the Grapple on the Gridiron event early in the 2015-16 season, Carver-Hawkeye has not hosted this dual since 2013-14. That means that none of the Cowboys' projected starters have gotten a taste of NCAA wrestling inside the famously rowdy arena. That could be an issue, though neither team has struggled to go on the road and win in this series over the past 10 years. John Smith's team got the better of Tom Brands' crew last season, winning 24-11 in Gallagher-Iba Arena on the strength of Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State) upending eventual national champion Cory Clark (Iowa) at 133 and Anthony Collica (Oklahoma State) knocking off Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) at 149.
As always with our Dual of the Week, we’ll break down each match-up, what each team needs to do to win, make our predictions, and have WrestleStat’s take on the dual as well.
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