UNIVERSITY PARK — Wrestling fans who were dismayed to see a Penn State schedule without Iowa as an opponent are in for a treat.
The Nittany Lions and Hawkeyes will indeed meet this season. The dual, which will be considered a non-conference meeting, will take place on Dec. 21 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena where 15,077 fans packed the venue for the anticipated showdown last season. The Big Ten Network will televise the dual which is slated for a 9 p.m. start.
On Thursday Penn State coach Cael Sanderson and Iowa coach Tom Brands conversed on Twitter about the lack of a Penn State-Iowa dual.
Sanderson tweeted at Brands: There seems to be something BIG missing on our schedules this year...
Brands replied: (sic) yeah. I agree. Lets do something about it.
It wouldve been the first time the two teams hadnt met since the 1981-82 season.
The idea seemed to be squashed when Sanderson tweeted: (sic) u know this late this might be too much of a hassle, it was a fun to play with idea though. we'll see you guys at B1G tourney.
But Brands countered by suggesting sometime in December close to Christmas and the dual was set.
Iowa and Penn State have combined to win the last six NCAA titles with the Nittany Lions winning the last three. Iowa joins Penn States non-conference slate which also features Pittsburgh in a dual at the Bryce Jordan Center, Oklahoma State, Clarion, Lock Haven, Rider, Lehigh and Boston.
By scheduling the dual against Iowa, Penn State will have to limit its participation in the Binghamton Open. By rule, Penn State can only send six attached wrestlers to the tournament because Penn State added an additional competition date at Iowa. All other Penn State wrestlers would have to compete unattached at the open.