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Live updates | Iowa men’s wrestling hosts top-ranked Penn State

The dual meet will start at 8 p.m. on Friday.
Sara Stumpff
Head Coach Tom Brands and Assistant Coaches Ryan Morningstar and Bobby Telford coach from the sidelines during a dual between Iowa’s 133-pound Cullen Shchriever and Columbia’s 125-pound Nick Babin at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023.

The Iowa men’s wrestling team will face top-ranked Penn State on Friday at 8 p.m. inside a sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The dual meet will be televised on Big Ten Network.

The Hawkeyes come into Friday’s dual fresh off their first loss this season — and it was an ugly loss. Last week, Michigan dismantled Iowa, 24-11, and the Hawkeyes didn’t score a takedown in the first five matches.

On the other hand, Penn State is coming off a 28-9 victory over Ohio State to improve to 8-0. The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series against the Nittany Lions, 28-12-2.

Check back for updates. 

Probable lineups

All rankings via InterMat.

125 pounds: No. 7 Drake Ayala (UI) over No. 2 Braeden Davis (PSU) via decision 

Period 1: Ayala gets on the board first with a takedown, and Davis immediately escapes. Ayala leads, 3-1, after the first three minutes.

Period 2: Ayala starts down and escapes in 28 seconds. No other action. Ayala leads, 4-1.

Period 3: Davis escapes. Ayala holds on for the upset, winning 4-2.

Iowa 3, Penn State 0

133 pounds: No. 6 Aaron Nagao (PSU) over No. 20 Cullan Schriever (UI) via major decision 

Period 1: Nagao scores a three-point takedown in the first minute. Nagao rides Schriever the rest of the period.

Period 2: Nagao starts down and escapes quickly for the only action of the period. Schriever trails, 4-0.

Period 3: Nagao with another takedown. Nagao earns a three-point near fall in the final 30 seconds. Nagao wins, 11-0

Penn State 4, Iowa 3

141 pounds: No. 1 Beau Bartlett (PSU) over No. 2 Real Woods (UI) via decision 

Woods is 1-0 all-time against Bartlett, winning 4-1 last season.

Period 1: After lots of hand fighting, Bartlett scores the first points of the bout with a takedown. Woods escapes after 40 seconds. Bartlett leads, 3-1.

Period 2: Woods starts down and escapes in 18 seconds. Bartlett called for stalling. Woods trails, 3-2.

Period 3: Bartlett escapes in about 30 seconds. Bartlett scores a takedown in the final 10 seconds to win, 7-2.

Penn State 7, Iowa 3

149 pounds: No. 12 Caleb Rathjen (UI) over No. 10 Tyler Kasak (PSU) via SV decision 

Period 1: Rathjen scores a three-point takedown in the final 20 seconds, getting the crowd back on their feet.

Period 2: Kasak escapes in 21 seconds. Rathjen earns another three-point takedown, and Kasak escapes right before the pair goes out of bounds. Rathjen leads, 6-2.

Period 3: Rathjen escapes and gets taken down seconds later. Rathjen escapes to lead, 8-5. Kasak ties it up with a takedown. The match will head to sudden victory.

Overtime: Rathjen gets the takedown in sudden victory to win the match, 11-8. I don’t think anyone can hear themselves think in Carver right now.

Penn State 7, Iowa 6

157 pounds: No. 1 Levi Haines (PSU) over No. 5 Jared Franek (UI) via Major decision 

Period 1: Hanes scores a three-point takedown.

Period 2:  Hanes escapes. Franek gets in on a leg but can’t finish. Hanes with another takedown.

Period 3: Franek once again in on a leg, but Hanes uses his long frame to get out of it. Hanes scores yet another takedown and wins, 12-0, with over three minutes of riding time.

Penn State 11, Iowa 6

165 pounds: No. 7 Mitchell Mesenbrink (PSU) over No. 6 Michael Caliendo (UI) via decision

Period 1: Mesenbrink scores a three-point takedown in the first 90 seconds. Caliendo escapes. Mesenbrink increases his lead to 6-1 with another takedown.

Period 2: Caliendo escapes. Caliendo called for his second stall warning, rewarding Mesenbrink a point.

Period 3: Mesenbrink escapes. Caliendo scores a takedown as the clock winds down. Mesenbrink wins, 12-6, with riding time.

Penn State 14, Iowa 6

174 pounds: No. 1 Carter Starocci (PSU) over No. 7 Patrick Kennedy (UI) via major decision 

Period 1: Starocci scores a takedown. Kennedy escapes in about 40 seconds. Starocci scores three more as the buzzer sounds and leads, 6-1.

Period 2: Starocci escapes and then scores another takedown near the edge. Kennedy escapes. Kennedy had Starocci’s leg, but the Nittany Lion fought it off and earned a takedown of his own.

Period 3: Starocci called for locked hands, giving Kennedy a point. Penn State coaches throw the challenge brick. Call on the mat is confirmed. Kennedy escapes. Starocci called for stalling. Kennedy in on the leg again, but locked hands is called. Stall warning on Starocci, rewarding Kennedy a point. Starocci wins, 13-5.

Penn State 18, Iowa 6

184 pounds: No. 6 Bernie Truax (PSU) over Aiden Riggins (UI) via doable deicison

Period 1: Traux with the first three points on the board.

Period 2: Traux escapes for the only action of the period.

Period 3: They start neutral. Traux takedown, and he wins, 8-0, with over three minutes of riding time.

Penn State 22, Iowa 6

197 pounds: No. 1 Aaron Brooks (PSU) over Zach Glazier (UI) via decision 

Period 1: No score after the first three minutes.

Period 2: Brooks escapes and then scores a takedown. Brooks leads, 4-0.

Period 3: Glazier escapes but can’t score a takedown, falling, 5-1, Brooks had 2:02 of riding time.

Penn State 25, Iowa 6

Heavyweight: No. 1 Greg Kerkvliet over Ben Kueter (UI) via major decision 

Kueter, a true freshman, gets the nod. Kueter has lots of his football teammates in attendance cheering him on.

Period 1: Kerkvliet scores a takedown in the first 40 seconds. Kueter escapes.

Period 2: Kueter starts down, and Kerkvliet rides him the entire period.

Period 3: Kerkvliet escapes almost immediately. Kerkvliet scores a takedown as fans start to exit the arena. The Nittany Lion had nearly four minutes of riding time.

FINAL: Penn State 29, Iowa 6

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Kenna Roering, Sports Editor
Kenna Roering is The Daily Iowan's sports editor. She is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism with a minor in sports and recreation management. Kenna previously worked as a sports reporter for men's wrestling and volleyball and was the summer sports editor in 2023. This is her second year with the DI.
Sara Stumpff, Photojournalist
Sara is a third year UI student who transfered from Kirkwood. She is a "non traditional" student who will hopefully obtain her BFA in Photography and BA in Spanish.