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Iowa wrestling sets NCAA attendance record

Iowa's Alex Marinelli prepares to wrestle during a wrestling dual meet between No. 1 Iowa and No. 4 Ohio State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. The Hawkeyes defeated the Buckeyes, 24-10.

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

April 24, 2020

The 2019-20 Iowa wrestling team never got its chance to enter the record books with a national championship. However, the Hawkeyes found another way to make history this season. The National Wrestling Media Association announced Friday afternoon that Iowa wrestling had set a new NCAA wrestling recor...

NCAA grants Kemerer another year of eligibility

Iowa's 174-pound Michael Kemerer looks out at the crowd while grappling with Minnesota's Devin Skatzka during session two of the Big Ten Wrestling Tournament in Piscataway, NJ on Saturday, March 7, 2020. Kemerer won by major decision, 22-9.

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

April 19, 2020

After a 15-1 2019-20 season, Michael Kemerer will be suiting up in the black and gold singlet again in 2020-21. Kemerer announced via Twitter Sunday evening that the NCAA had officially granted him an extra year of collegiate eligibility. The All-American lost the entirety of his 2018-19 campa...

Ten Hawkeye wrestlers earn All-American honors

Members of the Iowa wrestling team pose for a photo after winning the team title during the final session of the Big Ten Wrestling Tournament in Piscataway, NJ, on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Iowa won the team title with 157.5 points.

Robert Read, Sports Editor

April 18, 2020

The National Wrestling Coaches Association announced Friday that 10 Iowa wrestlers have earned All-America honors for the 2020 NCAA wrestling season. Nine Hawkeyes — Spencer Lee, Austin DeSanto, Max Murin, Pat Lugo, Kaleb Young, Alex Marinelli, Michael Kemerer, Jacob Warner, and Tony Cassioppi — w...

Lineup preview: The 2020-21 Iowa wrestling team

Iowa's 125-pound Spencer Lee grapples with Purdue's  Devin Schroder during the final session of the Big Ten Wrestling Tournament in Piscataway, NJ, on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Lee won by major decision 16-2, securing the 125-pound championship, and Iowa won the team title with 157.5 points.

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

April 16, 2020

Despite a bevy of achievements in 2019-20, Iowa wrestling was left dissatisfied when the season came to an end. The Hawkeyes were 13-0 in duals, Midlands Champions, and Big Ten Champions. However, Iowa never got its shot at a national title. The NCAA cancelled all of its postseason championships for t...

Brands nabs NWCA National Coach of the Year honor

Iowa's 197-lb Jacob Warner hugs head coach Tom Brands during the fourth session of the 2019 Big Ten Wrestling Championships in Minneapolis, MN on Saturday, March 9, 2019. (Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan)

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

April 8, 2020

Iowa wrestling head coach Tom Brands claimed the National Wrestling Coaches Association's National Coach of the Year award Wednesday afternoon. Brands has now won the NWCA honor twice in his coaching career. Brands' first NWCA National Coach of the Year award came in 2008 after his Hawkeyes won a national...

Pat Lugo reflects on 2019-20 wrestling season, Hawkeye career

Iowa's 149-pound Pat Lugo grapples with Ohio State's  Sammy Sasso during the final session of the Big Ten Wrestling Tournament in Piscataway, NJ, on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Lugo won by decision 2-1, securing the 149-pound championship, and Iowa won the team title with 157.5 points.

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

April 6, 2020

After a long day of practice, a short walk is all that stands between Pat Lugo and the comforts of his apartment. On March 12, the short stroll from Carver-Hawkeye Arena proved to be agonizing. At practice, Lugo had learned that the NCAA was forced to cancel its 2020 Division I Wrestling Champ...

Hawkeye wrestling denied ending to dominant 2019-20 season

Iowa's 125-pound Spencer Lee grapples with Purdue's  Devin Schroder during the final session of the Big Ten Wrestling Tournament in Piscataway, NJ, on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Lee won by major decision 16-2, securing the 125-pound championship, and Iowa won the team title with 157.5 points.

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

April 5, 2020

Iowa wrestling was back on top. Then, the season just ended. The 2019-20 season seemed to be the long-awaited year of redemption for Iowa wrestling’s faithful. For the first time since 2010, the Hawkeyes were poised to reclaim their throne atop collegiate wrestling. Unfortunately for Iowa ...

Brands self-quarantining amid COVID-19 pandemic

Iowa coaches Terry (left) and Tom Brands gesture toward the officials during a wrestling dual meet between Iowa and Nebraska at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. The Hawkeyes defeated the Huskers, 26-6.

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 31, 2020

The far-reaching impact of COVID-19 has been felt by people on a global scale. Not excused from those impacted is University of Iowa wrestling head coach Tom Brands. Brands announced in a teleconference Tuesday afternoon that he is self-quarantining in his home after he came in contact with an in...

Wrestling named DI’s Men’s Team of the Year

Iowa's 125-pound Spencer Lee grapples with Purdue's  Devin Schroder during the final session of the Big Ten Wrestling Tournament in Piscataway, NJ, on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Lee won by major decision 16-2, securing the 125-pound championship, and Iowa won the team title with 157.5 points.

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 30, 2020

On March 12, the NCAA announced that all of its postseason championships were canceled for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year as the COVID-19 pandemic began to hit the United States. Among those terminated tournaments was the 2020 NCAA Division I Men’s Wrestling Championships. Despi...

Spring-sport athletes to receive extra year of eligibility, winter-sport athletes denied

Players prepare to take the field during the baseball game against Nebraska at Duane Banks Field on Sunday, April 21, 2019. The Cornhuskers defeated the Hawkeyes, 3-2.

Pete Ruden, Pregame Editor

March 30, 2020

It's been a tough and unprecedented time for student-athletes who compete at the Division I level. On Monday, some received some good news while others did not. The NCAA Division I Council approved a blanket waiver for all spring-sport athletes to receive an extra year of eligibility after...

Lee wins Dan Hodge Trophy

Iowa's 125-pound Spencer Lee grapples with Purdue's  Devin Schroder during the final session of the Big Ten Wrestling Tournament in Piscataway, NJ, on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Lee won by major decision 16-2, securing the 125-pound championship, and Iowa won the team title with 157.5 points.

Robert Read, Sports Editor

March 30, 2020

Iowa junior Spencer Lee has been named the winner of the 2020 Dan Hodge Trophy, presented annually to the nation's most dominant college wrestler. He earned 52 of a possible 57 first-place votes. “Winning the Hodge Trophy and being recognized by fans, past winners, and members of the media is ce...

Lee named NCAA Division I Most Dominant Wrestler

Iowa’s 125-pound Spencer Lee wrestles Ohio State’s Hunter Lucas during a wrestling dual meet between No. 1 Iowa and No. 4 Ohio State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. No. 1 Lee defeated Lucas by technical fall in 2:32, and the Hawkeyes defeated the Buckeyes, 24-10.

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 24, 2020

The NCAA announced the winners of its postseason wrestling awards Tuesday morning. Among those honored was Iowa's Spencer Lee. The 125-pound junior was named Most Dominant Division I Wrestler. The wrestler averaging the highest number of team points per match wins the award. The NCAA calculates the a...