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2019-20 Early Lineup Look: Indiana

Covaciu, Jacob

photo courtesy of Richard Immel

In April of 2018 one of Indiana University’s most distinguished wrestling alums, Angel Escobedo, became only the eighth head coach in the history of the program. Escobedo inherited a team that had only produced 16 national qualifiers in its previous five seasons. In 2017-18, the team had finished 13th in the Big Ten and only amassed a one and a half at the NCAA Championships. In the first year under Escobedo, not only did the Hoosier’s match their six-win total from the previous season, but they also earned a pair of wins over ranked opponents (North Carolina and Stanford). It was the first time in a decade that an Indiana team had defeated two ranked teams in a season. Off the mat, Escobedo’s coaching staff was working hard on the recruiting trail and it paid off with a Class of 2019 that was ranked 16th in the nation. The class features some of the top talents from in-state, as well as other top 100 recruits from neighboring Big Ten states (Ohio, Illinois). It this time, it looks like the Hoosier staff is thinking about the long run and will attempt to redshirt most, if not all, of this talented bunch. Another reason for optimism surrounding the team is the unveiling of their new competition arena, Wilkinson Hall. In his first year, Indiana averaged over 1200 fans per match and set a new program record with almost 2000 in the stands to watch IU take on Penn State. So let's look at a possible Indiana lineup for the 2019-20 season as they take some small steps forward in year two under Escobedo. 

Previous “Early Lineup Looks”

Arizona State

Army West Point




Fresno State

Iowa State


Lock Haven



North Carolina

Northern Colorado



Old Dominion







125 - Brock Hudkins (Redshirt Junior; Danville, Indiana)

         Liam Cronin (Redshirt Junior; Orange, California)

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