Iowa wrestling: Hawkeyes face rival Iowa State in season finale for first time in 20 years

IOWA CITY, Iowa — For the first time in 20 years, the Iowa and Iowa State wrestling squads will conclude their regular-season schedules against one another.

Iowa’s schedule, which was unveiled Wednesday, the new-look Cy-Hawk wrestling rivalry is slated for Feb. 18, 2018 in Ames. This offseason, Iowa State hired former Iowa national champion Kevin Dresser as its head coach. Former Hawkeyes Brent Metcalf, Mike Zadick and Derek St. John are the assistant coaches. Metcalf and St. John won NCAA titles under Iowa coach Tom Brands, while Zadick was a three-time All-American at Iowa when Brands was an assistant coach. The Hawkeyes have won the last 13 duals between the instate foes.

The Hawkeyes’ schedule is split between major duals in Iowa City and on the road. Traditional non-conference rival Oklahoma State wrestles at Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the first time since 2014. The teams battle on Jan. 12, 2018. On Nov. 14, 2015, the Hawkeyes and Cowboys set the national attendance record when 42,287 watched their dual at Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa’s 2017-18 wrestling schedule

Date Opponent Location
Nov. 17 North Dakota State Iowa City
Nov. 17 Buffalo Iowa City
Nov. 17 Iowa Central Iowa City
Nov. 24 Rider Iowa City
Dec. 1 Illinois Iowa City
Dec. 8 Rutgers Piscataway, N.J.
Dec. 10 Maryland College Park, Md.
Dec. 29-30 Midlands Championships Evanston, Ill.
Jan. 5 Michigan State Iowa City
Jan. 12 Oklahoma State Iowa City
Jan. 19 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio
Jan. 26 Michigan Iowa City
Feb. 2 Minnesota Iowa City
Feb. 4 Northwestern Iowa City
Feb. 9 Penn State University Park, Pa.
Feb. 18 Iowa State Ames, Iowa
March 3-4 Big Ten championships East Lansing, Mich.
March 15-17 NCAA championships Cleveland, Ohio

On Feb. 2 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa wrestles Minnesota for the 103rd time in the border series. Other Big Ten home opponents include Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern.

The Hawkeyes travel to defending national champion Penn State on Feb. 9 and NCAA runner-up Ohio State on either Jan. 19 or Jan. 21. The Hawkeyes also wrestles at Maryland and Rutgers. Iowa does not compete against Nebraska, Wisconsin, Indiana or Purdue this year.

Iowa returns third-place finishers Michael Kemerer (157) and Brandon Sorensen (149).

Carver-Hawkeye Arena also will hold the United World Wrestling World Cup next April. The top eight international freestyle squads will compete in the two-day series of duals. Official dates will be set later this month.

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