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Iowa trip provides big-time feel

The Hoosiers travel to Iowa City Sunday in search of their first victory over Iowa in the last 12 meetings. \nIU's last victory at Iowa came in 1967. This will be a homecoming for head coach Duane Goldman, who was an All-American wrestler at Iowa from 1983-86.\nThe No. 2 Hawkeyes (14-3, 4-1) are coming off victories over Penn State and Wisconsin and won five of their last six matches. Their lone Big Ten loss was to No. 1 Minnesota. Goldman knows that it will be a tough place to compete in.\n"It's a good atmosphere for the team to go out in," he said. "It will be like they are at a championship-type event with the crowd."\nSenior Viktor Sveda said the Iowa squad is tough and individual victories will be hard to come by.\n"Every match against them is going to be hard," Sveda said. "I need to go out there and prepare. I need to get out get right away and score right away."\nThe Hoosiers (8-10, 0-6) hope a strong finish at the end of the season will give them momentum as they head toward the Big Ten Championships. Although a team victory will be hard to come by, Goldman is hoping for strong individual performances from his team.\n"The guys can better their seeds for the Big Ten Championship," Goldman said. "I want them to show strong efforts and wrestle hard."\nOne wrestler who is looking to work his way back is senior D.J. Radnovich. He made his first appearance in more than a month against Purdue last weekend. Despite the loss, Radnovich said this weekend would be a big step for him.\n"It's real important to start to come back," he said. "I'm really looking forward to this weekend."\nRadnovich will have a tough match ahead of him as he faces off against the No. 1 heavyweight wrestler in the country, Steve Mocco. Still, he has confidence in himself.\n"When I wrestle a really good opponent, I feel less nervous," Radnovich said. "I know that when I go out there I have nothing to lose. It's all a mind game."\nGoldman knows that for those who are struggling, Iowa will be a tough place to start on the winning track. He also knows that it could turn into a really big win for them. \nSveda said he believes that the weekend can help build individual momentum.\n"I never think about losing," Sveda said. "But if you do lose one, you realize that you can still win a championship"

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