Who: #3 Iowa 11-0 (6-0) vs Maryland 0-8 (0-5)
Where: Iowa city, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena
When: Friday, February 8th, 2019 7:00 PM
Watch Online: BTN+/Flowrestling (Subscription required)

The Hawkeyes return to their home mat this weekend to face a win-less Maryland squad on Friday night. The Hawkeyes are coming off a top ten victory where they were able to win six of ten matches against the Cornhuskers, which led them to a 20-13 victory. One of the most talked about moments from the dual was the performance of Austin DeSanto, who won by technical fall. Following his win the team was deducted a team point for his action after the match.

DeSanto will pay the price for that deduction by sitting out this weekend’s dual against Maryland. The University announced the news on Tuesday afternoon with DeSanto and head coach Tom Brands each issuing a statement.

“I want to apologize to my opponents and teammates for my actions on the mat. I know they are disrespectful and there is no excuse,” DeSanto said in his statement. “I accept the consequences of my behavior and the decision of Coach Brands, and have assured my teammates and coaches that I will better represent our team when I return.”

In his stead we should see Paul Glynn fill in for DeSanto to face Orion Anderson. Glynn is 7-4 on the year and won an upset victory over Illinois’s Dylan Duncan in his last start.

Looking forward to the dual the Terrapins feature only one ranked wrestler in their lineup, heavyweight Youssif Hemida. He is scheduled to face off with All-American Sam Stoll, who is coming off an upset loss to Nebraska’s David Jensen his last time out. Stoll is currently 2-1 against Hemida in his career. The rest of the matches look to largely favor the Hawkeyes.

Following the dual fans can make the short trip over to the Brown Deer Golf Course and participate/watch the Hawkeye Wrestling Club’s annual polar plunge. More details can be found on the HWC’s home website. Fans looking to take the plunge themselves can do so by registering online.

Plunge video from IAwrestle during the 2016 event:

Dual Preview (TOM Rankings)
#3 Iowa vs Maryland
125 #2 Spencer Lee vs Brandon Cray
133 Paul Glynn vs Orion Anderson
141 #15 Max Murin vs Michael Doetsch
149 #11 Pat Lugo vs Alfred Bannister
157 #7 Kaleb Young vs Adam Whitesell
165 #2 Alex Marinelli vs Phillip Spadafora
174 Mitch Bowman/Keegan Shaw vs Josh Ugalde
184 #12 Cash Wilcke vs Kyle Jasenski
197 #5 Jacob Warner vs Nikko Cappello
285 #5 Sam Stoll vs #11 Youssif Hemida

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle