While we are still a bit away from the University of Iowa announcing their 2017-18 schedule, at least one detail has emerged for the upcoming season. The University of Buffalo will be added to the Iowa City Duals according to coach John Stutzman. Appearing on the weekly radio show, Takedown Radio, Stutzman confirmed that Buffalo has received an invite to be one of the schools competing at the event.
At this time, Buffalo has not officially accepted the invite, as Stutzman commented that he would need to drop one the events his team already has scheduled for the coming year.
“I’m excited to go back,” Stutzman said in his Takedown Radio interview, “We wrestled Iowa probably my first year here, four years ago. We weren’t very competitive but it was on the schedule when I got hired so I kept it and we got beat probably 50 to nothing. I respect Tom and Terry [Brands], I really like them, I like those guys a lot and like what they do. So I want to go back out there and put up a fight and kind of see where we’re at.”
The Hawkeyes did face Buffalo during the 2013-14 season, where they came out on top 46-0. In a dual with 10 bonus point victories it’s hard to nail down a single highlight moment from the dual, but since then Stutzman has turned the program around. His next year lineup figures to return as many as eight starters from last year’s squad including NCAA qualifiers Kyle Akins (125), Bryan Lantry (133), and Jake Gunning (285).Stutzman also hinted at his team getting in two potential impact transfers at 157 and 165 pounds.
Last year’s Iowa City Duals featured Cornell College and Iowa Central, which Iowa beat by the combined score of 100-0. Prior to Buffalo potentially joining the Duals, Maryland was the last Division I program to compete in the event, doing so in 2015. Other Division I programs to compete at the event include SIUE (2009 and ’12) and Arizona State (2008).
Listen to Hager and Ross as they discuss Buffalo joining the Iowa City Duals on the latest episode of the Potentially Dangerous podcast: