While we are still in the early stages of teams releasing schedules (last year we saw UNI, ISU, and Iowa release schedules between July and August), but we already know that two Iowa teams will be heading east to wrestle Virginia Tech. Iowa State will be heading out to kick off the season on Friday, November 6th for a 7:00 PM dual, and UNI will head out for Friday dual as well on January 15th. The UNI dual will be held in the Moss Arts Center, which has a 1,200 seat capcity.
None of this comes as a surprise, as the Hokies traveled to Iowa this past January, wrestling UNI on Friday night before heading to Ames for a Sunday showdown with the Cyclones.
Head coach Kevin Dresser (an Iowa native) had this to say on his schedule: “Getting big names like Penn State, West Virginia and Iowa State to all come to Cassell next year is big,” Dresser said. “It’s a great home schedule for the fans. And of course, the opportunity to go back to the Moss Arts Center for back-to-back dual meets with UNI and UNC in mid-January will be great thing for my guys and the Hokie Nation to look forward to this season. Our experience with wrestling in the Moss Arts Center was super exciting. What an electric venue!”
For UNI they will be looking for revenge, as Virginia Tech came in and took a 20-12 win from the Panthers in the West Gym., despite getting a 5-3 SV upset of Blaize Cabell defeating Ty Walz at heavyweight. It was a sellout crowd for UNI, and now they will look to return the favor against the Hokies and they will attempt to do with a very similar lineup. The Panthers only graduate one wrestler that started in the Virginia Tech dual.
The Cyclones on the other hand were able to come out on top of the Hokies by winning 21-12. Much like the Panthers, the attendance for Iowa State was through the roof with 5,600 showing up for the dual gymnastics-wrestling event. Iowa State’s strength in the dual was their bonus victories (three major decisions) and it propelled the Cyclones into the top ten of the dual rankings.
The other big note is that Virginia Tech is taking the Midlands tournament off their schedule after finishing fifth with 99.5 points this past season.