Due to the effects of COVID-19, IAwrestle has simulated the 2020 NCAA wrestling tournament using the prediction engine built by WrestleStat. The algorithm predicts match scores in addition to predicting the winner, which is how bonus calculations were made for each match. We will be publishing our updates around roughly the same schedule as the NCAA Sessions were previously set to run in Minneapolis.

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Pop the champaign in Iowa City, as Tom Brands has now led his alma mater to his fourth career NCAA title as the Hawkeyes closed out a historic season in 2020 with 129 points, which outpaced second place Penn State who had 106. Not only did Brands win his first NCAA title in a decade, but he did so in a dramatic fashion as all ten of his wrestlers ended on the podium, which is a feat that has only ever been accomplished on one other occasion.

It was a spectacular night for junior Spencer Lee, who wrapped up his third straight NCAA title, putting him in elite company. If there was ever any doubt about which wrestler would win the 2020 Dan Hodge Trophy coming into Minneapolis, Lee left the voters with no doubt after this weekend’s performance. The now three-time champion will quickly turn his eyes to the red, white, and blue as he will attempt to make the U.S. roster for the 2020 Olympic Games.

And while Lee was certainly the cherry on top in the Hawkeyes team title victory, fans still felt the sting as both Pat Lugo and Michael Kemerer ended their seasons with losses to Austin O’Connor and Mark Hall respectively.  Both Hawkeyes owned prior victories over their Saturday night opponents but were unable to recapture their regular season magic to pull out the final victory and end their seasons on top of the podium.

Iowa All-Americans

Spencer Lee, 125 – 1st
Austin DeSanto, 133 – 4th
Max Murin, 141 – 7th
Pat Lugo, 149 – 2nd
Kaleb Young, 157 – 8th
Alex Marinelli, 165 – 5th
Michael Kemerer, 174 – 2nd
Abe Assad, 184 – 8th
Jacob Warner, 197 – 3rd
Tony Cassioppi, 285 – 6th

Iowa State All-Americans

David Carr, 157 – 3rd
Sammy Colbray, 174 – 6th

Northern Iowa All-Americans

Bryce Steiert, 174 – 4th
Taylor Lujan, 184 – 5th

Team Standings
1 Iowa 129
2 Penn State 106
3 North Carolina State 60.5
4 Ohio State 59
5 Wisconsin 58.5
13 Iowa State 34.5
16 Northern Iowa 29.5

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By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle