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The IU wrestling team will host No. 1 Penn State this weekend at University Gym.
IU wrestlers fall to No. 5 Minnesota despite finishing the final matches strong
125 lbs.: Zack Sanders tech fall 22-7 over Justin Brooks
Pulling the upset tonight will still be a tall order for IU wrestlers, but tonight's match against mighty Minnesota just got a little more interesting with the news that Sonny Yohn, ranked 5th nationally by Intermat at 197 for the Golden Gophers, will probably not be in the lineup tonight. What would have likely been the closest match of the night just turned into a big opportunity for bonus points for Matt Powless and IU. Here's how the two teams stack up against each other and how I think tonight's action might pan out:
The IU wrestling team heads north to take on Minnesota.
IU fares well individually in Greensboro
Senior Paul Young avenged a loss earlier this season to Navy's Bryce Saddoris in the semifinals of this weeks Southern Scuffle in Greensboro, North Carolina on his way to a run to the finals at 157 pounds. Young lost to Penn States's freshman phenom David Taylor, but still took home second place and helped spur the Hoosiers to a 13th place finish as a team.
The IU wrestling team rebounded from their loss to Northwestern on Wednesday with a win over Eastern Michigan this morning, but were brought back to earth with an afternoon defeat at the hands of Missouri.
The 28-9 score from Wednesday's dual looks bad, without question, but let me assure you it was not as bad as it looked. Most of the matches were close, often moreso than the score would suggest, and there were several positive things along with the negatives to take away from the match. Some observations:
The IU wrestling team is 6-0 this season in duals, but with the Big Ten
opener against Northwestern on Wednesday fast approaching, the team is
practicing harder than ever to keep up with its conference rivals.
Both wrestlers went 5-1 for the tournament to finish in third place in their respective weight classes and lead the Hoosiers to a 16th-place finish overall in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
Kurt Kinser and Matt Powless each defeated higher-ranked foes in their third place matches at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational as the team finished in 16th place with 54 points.
Kurt Kinser and Matt Powless have each bounced back from losses in the semi-finals to qualify for third-place matches.
The second day at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational has not started well for IU wrestlers. Both Kurt Kinser and and Matt Powless dropped their semifinal matches, but remain alive in the consolation bracket.
Senior Kurt Kinser and junior Matt Powless each remain in contention for first in their weight classes as the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational enters its second and final day.
5 Hoosiers were seeded for the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in the seeds released Thursday evening. 12 wrestlers are seeded at each weight, except for 197 pounds, which has only 10 seeds. Seeded IU wrestlers include:
The IU wrestling team currently stands at 6-0 in duals but faces a major step up in competition this weekend. The Hoosiers travel to Las Vegas for the annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas
Invitational in their final tune-up before Big Ten matches begin.
On the strength of three wins, two by pin, senior Paul Young was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week.
“Unless you have prepared yourself and deserve to emerge victorious, do not expect to be disappointed when you lose.” Those words line one side of the IU wrestling room and epitomize the mindset of its two hometown heroes.
If you manage to pry yourself away from the Bucket Game and leftover turkey tomorrow, the 2010 edition of the Hoosier Duals merits your attention as three opposing squads, each with nationally-ranked wrestlers, come to Assembly Hall.