The year started with some fireworks, but we are in the heart of dual meet season now and it’s no secret that the B1G Ten dual meet schedule is considered to be the toughest around. As we inch closer to the NCAA Championships, there are a few duals on the way there that have our attention.
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(Holmes’ pick) Nebraska vs Iowa - 1/12/2024
With six potential matchups between ranked wrestlers, this dual meet is must must-watch this Friday night on BTN. The biggest bout will go down between #2 Jared Franek of Iowa and #3 Peyton Robb at 157-pounds. Robb is coming off his first loss of the season so it will be interesting to see how he bounces back against a very stingy Franek, who remains undefeated on the year.
But things will be off to a hot start as #5 Drake Ayala is set to face #7 Caleb Smith in the first bout of the night at 125. Each team will feature a top-ranked wrestler at 141 and 149, respectively. Hawkeye senior and returning NCAA runner-up Real Woods is set to face #7 Brock Hardy at 141. In the following match Huskers’ #1 ranked guy Ridge Lovett will toe the line against #12 Caleb Rathjen.
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