It was a year ago that Gallagher Arena was brought to their feet time and time again as the Oklahoma State Cowboys laid down the Iowa Hawkeyes 27-12. The dual saw Nick Piccininni bring the burnt orange faithful to a frenzied pitch as he pinned returning national champion Spencer Lee in the second period after having already built a lead. Oklahoma State won seven of the 10 matches that day and handed the Hawkeyes their only dual loss of the season.
This year the Cowboys travel to Carver-Hawkeye Arena looking to repeat that feat. The Oklahoma State team is coming off six straight wins and their dual squad is currently ranked ninth. Iowa is looking for a perfect season after clinching the Big Ten Dual championship last weekend.
These two teams have a combined 19 ranked wrestlers with Iowa boasting all 10 wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their weight classes. The clear number one team in the land has beaten four teams currently ranked in the top 10 and adding a fifth would cap off what Iowa fans are hoping is a special season. The Cowboys could be in danger of their most lopsided loss in recent memory. You have to remember that since 2000 this series as gone their way as they hold a 7-5-1 against the Hawkeyes. Last season was their most significant margin of victory since the turn of the century and this season could see that record go the other way.
125 – #4 Nick Piccinini (Oklahoma State) vs. #1 Spencer Lee(Iowa)
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