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TOM’s NCAA Wrestling Dual of the Week: #5 Iowa vs. #6 Michigan

Iowa vs. Michigan

In the history of college wrestling only three NCAA Division I teams have won 1000 duals. The Iowa Hawkeyes have a chance to join Oklahoma State, Iowa State, and Oregon State on that select list, but in order to do so this season, they must win at least four of their final five meets. With Penn State looming on February 10th, that probably means beating sixth-ranked Michigan on Saturday night, January 27th, 2018, is a must. Both teams are in pursuit of the wide open third spot nationally which makes the showdown in Carver-Hawkeye Arena a fascinating one. Three clashes between wrestlers ranked in the top-10 at their respective weight classes are on the slate and both teams will feel like they should win. The action is set to get underway at 6:00 pm eastern live on the Big Ten Network (BTN).

Iowa leads the all-time series over the Wolverines 32-25-1. Michigan held an overall edge until the most recent string of Hawkeye victories began. That streak has now reached nine wins in a row, with Michigan's last win coming during the 2005-06 season in the fifth-place match at the National Duals. That clash featured Iowa winning at 125 before Michigan's Mark Moos beat Dan Dennis at 133 pounds, then Josh Churella topped Alex Tsirtsis at 141. Ty Eustice decisioned Eric Tannenbaum to get the Hawkeyes on level terms before Joe Johnston took down Steve Luke to give them the lead. However, Ryan Churella earned a major decision against Eric Luedke and Nick Roy notched a fall for Michigan which ultimately proved decisive. Paul Bradley and Dan Erekson won for Iowa to keep the dual in question, but Greg Wagner shutout Matt Fields to push Michigan over the top, 19-15.

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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