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Ten-Year Challenge: 2009 Iowa vs 2019 Penn State

Brent Metcalf photo courtesy of Larry Slater; Bo Nickal photo courtesy of John Sachs; Tech-Fall.com

The 2018-19 campaign saw Penn State win their eighth NCAA team title in the past nine years and they did so by outdistancing themselves from second-place Ohio State by 41 points. Dual meets were just as lopsided with the Nittany Lions closest challenge coming from Wisconsin, a team they defeated by the score of 24-13, despite missing one starter. Since no one in the 2018-19 season was able to present a threat for Penn State, we decided to look back ten years to see if the NCAA Championship-winning team, the Iowa Hawkeyes could topple PSU.

Iowa’s 2009 squad was coming off of their first NCAA title under Tom Brands and would go on to win three in a row. This Hawkeye team barely overtook an Ohio State team by 4.5 points at nationals. They are interesting because this is the most recent NCAA Championship-winning team that did not feature an individual champion. Iowa was much better at the Big Ten Championships were they blew past Illinois by 27.5 points.

Here’s our breakdown of a hypothetical bout between the 2009 Iowa Hawkeyes and the 2019 Penn State Nittany Lions:

125 - Charlie Falck (Iowa) vs. Devin Schnupp (Penn State)

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