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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Lee named finalist for AAU James E. Sullivan Award

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 23, 2020

Iowa wrestler Spencer Lee has been named one of 10 finalists for the AAU James E. Sullivan Award, presented annually since 1930 to the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. The...

Lee named finalist for 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 20, 2020

Iowa junior Spencer Lee has been named a finalist for the 2020 Dan Hodge Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's most dominant college wrestler. Fan voting for the award runs from March 23-27 and...

NCAA postseason events, Big Ten events canceled

Fans leave the game after the men's basketball game against Western Carolina at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Catamounts 78-60.
Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020 is a day sports fans will not soon forget. The sports world seemed to stop spinning Thursday afternoon as NCAA announced that it would not conduct any of its postseason championships,...

Big Ten to conduct winter and spring sporting events without fans

University of Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta dresses Faculty Senate members during a Faculty Senate meeting on Oct. 29, 2019.
Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor March 11, 2020

The Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday evening that fans will not be granted entry to any of its remaining 2020 winter or spring events. Those granted access include student-athletes, coaches,...

Champions again: Hawkeyes win first outright Big Ten title since 2010

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 8, 2020

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Iowa wrestling is back on top of the Big Ten. For the first time since 2010, the Hawkeyes won an outright team title at the Big Ten Championships. Iowa won a share of the title in...

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