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Meredith lined up to battle DeSanto at HWC Showdown Open


The Hawkeye Wrestling Club Showdown Open has added another double-dose of entertainment to its star-studded lineup card.

Two-time NCAA finalist Bryce Meredith will face Austin DeSanto in the Nov. 1 event that will be streamed live on Trackwrestling.

Meredith, a 25-year-old Wyoming native, claimed a bronze medal earlier this year at the Cerro Pelado in a bracket won by two-time World medalist Alejandro Valdes Tobier of Cuba

Meredith became one of the top breakout stars during the 2016 NCAA Championships when he reached the finals as a 14th-seeded sophomore, toppling No. 3 seed Kevin Jack, No. 6 Micah Jordan and No. 2 Joey McKenna along the way. He compiled a 94-15 record during three seasons at Wyoming after transferring from North Carolina State.

Meredith will be reunited with two of his former college teammates -- Tommy Gantt and Nick Gwiazdowski -- in the HWC Showdown Open. He'll face DeSanto, one of the most polarizing and fast-paced competitors in college wrestling.

The Iowa senior 133-pounder went 40-10 in his first two seasons with the Hawkeyes after transferring from Drexel. DeSanto had a brief stint atop the national rankings last season after downing NCAA champ Seth Gross in December. DeSanto registered bonus points in 12 of his 17 victories as a junior.

HAWKEYE WRESTLING CLUB SHOWDOWN OPEN
Date: Nov. 1
Time: 6 p.m.
Livestream: Trackwrestling

Bout card
Jaydin Eierman vs. Vladimer Khinchegashvili
Michael Kemerer vs. Tommy Gantt
Sarah Hildebrandt vs. Erin Golston
Alex Marinelli vs. James Green
Tony Cassioppi vs. Nick Gwiazdowski
Precious Bell vs. Jordan Nelson
Austin DeSanto vs. Bryce Meredith

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