Live updates | No. 2 Iowa men’s wrestling hosts No. 1 Penn State at Carver

The nation’s top two teams will face off at 8:15 p.m. in front of a sellout crowd Friday.


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Iowa’s 141-pound Max Murin grapples with Michigan State’s Matt Santos during session two of the Big Ten Wrestling Tournament in Piscataway, NJ on Saturday, March 7, 2020. Murin won by major decision, 16-5.

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No. 2 Iowa men’s wrestling and No. 1 Penn State will collide at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Friday. The dual has been sold out since November. Big Ten Network coverage of tonight’s meet will begin at 8:15 p.m.

Iowa will be without true freshman 125-pounder Drake Ayala. Rumors about Ayala’s status for Friday’s dual began to swirl just before 7 p.m.

Iowa Athletics released pre-match bout sheets around 7:15 p.m. Jesse Ybarra is the Hawkeyes’ listed starter at 125 pounds this evening.

Some outspoken Hawkeye fans and Twitter users believe Ayala may be out for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.

No official statement has been made by Iowa Athletics, Ayala, or Hawkeye head coach Tom Brands.

125 POUNDS: Jesse Ybarra (IA) vs. No. 7 Drew Hildebrandt

Hildebrandt defeats Ybarra via 9-0 major decision. The match was scoreless through one period, but Hildebrandt ultimately spun a second period takedown into a bonus point victory for the Nittany Lions.

A four-point near-fall call Hildebrandt earned with six seconds left in the third period was the difference between a decision and major decision for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State 4, Iowa 0

133 POUNDS: No. 3 Austin DeSanto (IA) vs. No. 1 Roman Bravo-Young

DeSanto lost a close match with Roman Bravo-Young, 3-2. DeSanto got a point for an escape and another on account of Bravo-Young stalling.

A Bravo-Young takedown in the second period and an escape in the third helped give him the edge over DeSanto.

DeSanto is now 2-4 all-time against Bravo-Young.

Penn State 7, Iowa 0

141 POUNDS: No. 2 Jaydin Eierman (IA) vs. No. 1 Nick Lee

Eierman fell to Lee in sudden victory. Eierman secured a takedown with 17 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the match at four and force overtime.

One of Eierman’s shots in sudden victory backfired and led to a match-ending Lee takedown.

Eierman is now 1-2 against Lee in the last year. Eierman lost to Lee in the NCAA finals last year.

Penn State 10, Iowa 0

149 POUNDS: No. 10 Max Murin (IA) vs. No. 19 Beau Bartlett

Murin put the Hawkeyes on the board with a 4-1 decision over Bartlett.

Bartlett struck first with an escape in the second period. Murin claimed the match with an escape and takedown in the third period. A point for riding time was tacked onto Murin’s total.

Penn State 10, Iowa 3

157 POUNDS: No. 12 Kaleb Young (IA) vs. Terrell Barraclough

Young defeats Barraclough via 2-0 decision.

Young scored an escape in the second period. Barraclough then chose to start the third on the bottom. Young rode Barraclough out for the entire third period.

With an extra point for riding time, Young clinched a 2-0 win before intermission.

Penn State 10, Iowa 6

165 POUNDS: No. 5 Alex Marinelli (IA) vs. No. 11 Brady Berge

Marinelli defeated Berge via 10-2 major decision.

Marinelli earned two points on account of Berge stalling, a bonus point for riding time, a point for an escape, and three takedowns. “The Bull’s” flurry of scoring led to the Hawkeyes’ first bonus points of the night and tied the match.

Iowa 10, Penn State 10

174 POUNDS: No. 2 Michael Kemerer (IA) vs. No. 1 Carter Starocci

Starocci defeated Kemerer via 2-1 decision in overtime. Kemerer had a takedown called back late in the match that ultimately led to his demise.

Kemerer is now 1-2 all-time against Starocci. Starocci beat Kemerer in the NCAA finals last year.

Penn State 13, Iowa 10

184 POUNDS: No. 17 Abe Assad (IA) vs. No. 1 Aaron Brooks

Brooks downed Assad via 8-3 decision.

Counting Brooks’ three team points, Iowa now trails by six. The Hawkeyes will need to win the dual’s last two matches to tie or claim a meet victory.

Penn State 16, Iowa 10

197 POUNDS: No. 4 Jacob Warner (IA) vs. No. 2 Max Dean

Warner falls to Dean via 8-3 decision. The three team points clinches a victory for Penn State.

Penn State 19, Iowa 10

HEAVYWEIGHT: No. 5 Tony Cassioppi (IA) vs. No. 3 Greg Kerkvliet

Cassioppi downs Kerkvliet via 7-2 decision. Iowa drops six of the ten matches wrestled Friday.

FINAL: Penn State 19, Iowa 13

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