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.
“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.
After the 44-0 downing of Wabash to start the dual season, the IU wrestling team faced more challenging competition on Saturday but still emerged victorious against The Citadel and Columbia at the Disney Duals in Orlando, Fla.
The IU wrestling team opens its dual season today at Wabash College. In many ways, the match will serve as primarily a warm-up for matches against Columbia and The Citadel in Orlando, Fla. this weekend as part of the Disney Duals.
IU coach Duane Goldman said he believes his squad is ready for the season opener Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.
With the season rapidly approaching, many Hoosier wrestlers said they have high hopes of landing a spot in next spring’s NCAA tournament. First though, they must clinch a spot on their own team.
Angel Escobedo will go down as one of the greatest wrestlers in IU history. The senior wanted nothing more than to establish that with a second national title to cap off his IU career. Unfortunately for Escobedo, that was not in the cards at the NCAA Championships in Omaha, Neb., last weekend.
The IU wrestling team will come into the NCAA Championships on March 18 in Omaha, Neb. As the No. 1 seed at 125 pounds, senior Angel Escobedo will attempt to repeat his run that landed him a national title two years ago. With a record-breaking third Big Ten title and perfect 33-0 record under his belt, Escobedo is once again the favorite to win.
The Big Ten Championships did not go the way the Hoosiers envisioned this weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich. An eighth-place finish was an improvement from last year’s ninth-place result, but it was not the strong finish to the season many had predicted.
Forty-seven nationally ranked wrestlers, eight teams in the top 25, and 21 out of the last 30 National Championship teams are just a few reasons why the Big Ten is the best wrestling conference in the country.
Friday night will be the last time the Hoosier faithful will see Angel Escobedo get the Hoosiers off to an early lead at 125 pounds, the last time they will see Matt Coughlin compete in a grind-it-out match at 149 pounds, the last time fans can get on their feet for a Trevor Perry pin at 175 pounds, and the last time they will get a chance to witness Nate Everhart secure a Hoosier victory at heavyweight.
As the wrestlers shuffle along their practice room’s mat-covered floor, IU coach Duane Goldman barks out orders. “Keep your head up,” he implores them. “Touch the ground.” Assistant coach Joe Dubuque, who wrestled for Goldman for two national championships at IU, works with team members, bending low at the knee, lifting his head and showing them proper technique. “Gotta get better today,” he shouts.
When senior Nate Everhart arrived on the IU campus his freshman year, he was far from the physical beast he is today. Weighing below 200 pounds, Everhart was not intimidating many wrestlers with his size. The Tinsley, Ill., native received offers to play baseball at Iowa and Missouri but decided wrestling at a Big Ten school and getting a Big Ten education was the right path. IU coach Duane Goldman knew that he was getting a guy with brains and brawn.