Max Murin (top) in sudden victory against Doug Zapf in Saturday's Dual (photo courtesy of Brian Ray/HawkeyesSports.com)
The first month of the wrestling season is basically over. I always say that it flies by when you're not actually going through practices, cutting weight, and fighting off injuries. The Thanksgiving holiday led to a minuscule schedule, but even so, we still found a way to bring you "7 Big Stories from the Week in College Wrestling." Actually, this let us touch on every single dual meet (there were only three).
Max Murin Shines
For decades, the Iowa Hawkeyes have had some of the most iconic figures in our sport don a black singlet. As of late, Spencer Lee definitely fits the bill. Not quite on the same level, but still memorable are teammates Austin DeSanto, Jaydin Eierman, Alex Marinelli, and Michael Kemerer. Each finished their career with at least three All-American honors. Often overlooked in such a star-studded lineup has been stalwart Max Murin. Murin has put together a respectable 58-23 record and has ended his season in the Round of 12 for the last three NCAA tournaments.
Even as he has been lost in the shuffle of some talented teams, Murin was front-and-center on Saturday. Anyone who broke down the Hawkeyes dual with #15 Penn probably pointed to #6 Murin's 149 lb match with #10 Doug Zapf as a toss-up that could end up deciding the entire dual. Without Lee, Brody Teske, and Real Woods, Penn had a chance to shock the Hawks.
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