The Iowa Hawkeyes will host Penn State on Friday at 8 PM. The dual meet will be live on BTN.

When the schedule comes out every year as a fan you look up when and where the Iowa-Penn State dual meet will be. The entire wrestling world will take notice of the battle in Carver Friday night. 

From the most recent InterMat rankings #6 Iowa has only one wrestler ranked higher than #1 Penn State and that is at 165 where Michael Caliendo is #6 and Mitchell Mesenbrink is #7.

There are several weights where the rankings are close to the point of being a toss up. There will be some great matches in this dual meet.

Iowa has one wrestler listed at each weight except for Hwt. with Brad Hill and Ben Kueter.

The match that I have been looking forward to is at 197. How good is Zach Glazier? We will find out Friday. At 19-0 and ranked #11 Glazier will face #1 Aaron Brooks.

The first match of a dual is always important. Should they start at 125, and I believe they will, we will see #2 Braeden Davis vs. #7 Drake Ayala. 

The biggest matchup will be at 141. #1 Beau Bartlett vs. #2 Real Woods may be the match of the night. 

Every single match is going to be a battle and I look for quite a few close matches.

I fully expect a sold out Carver-Hawkeye Arena to be fired up and ready to go.

You can listen to the Iowa-Penn State dual meet on, YouTube, and AM 800 KXIC where Steven Grace and Mark Ironside will call the action.


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#6 IOWA HAWKEYES (10-1, 5-1) 2023-24 Overall

Wt. Rank^ Name Yr. Hometown/High School Record

125 2/7/6/6 Drake Ayala So. Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge 17-3

133 18/20/25/17 Cullan Schriever Jr. Mason City, Iowa/Mason City 8-2

141 2/2/2/2 Real Woods R-Sr. Albuquerque, New Mexico/Montini Catholic (Ill.) 12-1

149 15/12/15/13 Caleb Rathjen So. Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny 12-3

157 6/5/5/7 Jared Franek Grad. Harwood, North Dakota/West Fargo 18-2

165 6/6/6/7 Michael Caliendo So. Geneva, Illinois/Batavia 19-1

174 7/7/5/5 Patrick Kennedy Jr. Kasson-Mantorville, Minnesota/Kasson-Mantorville 10-3

184 Aiden Riggins R-Fr. Janesville, Iowa/Waverly-Shell Rock 11-10

197 10/11/12/7 Zach Glazier Sr. Albert Lea, Minnesota/Albert Lea 19-0

285 –/–/28/– Ben Kueter Fr. Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City 2-0

-or- –/29/–/– Bradley Hill R-Fr. Bettendorf, Iowa/Bettendorf 15-5

^ WIN/Intermat/Flo/AWN


#1 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (8-0, 5-0) *Based on last dual* 2023-24 Overall

Wt. Rank^ Name Yr. Hometown/High School Record

125 5/2/2/7 Braeden Davis Fr. Bellevill, Michigan/Dundee 14-0

133 7/6/5/10 Aaron Nagao So. La Habra, California/Esperanza 8-3

141 1/1/1/1 Beau Bartlett Sr. Tempe, Arizona/Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 14-0

149 10/10/12/7 Tyler Kasak Fr. Doylestown, Pennsylvania/Bethlehem Catholic 11-1

157 1/1/1/1 Levi Haines So. Arendtsville, Pennsylvania/Biglerville 11-0

165 3/7/7/8 Mitchell Mesenbrink R-Fr. Hartland, Wisconsin/Arrowhead 15-0

174 1/1/1/1 Carter Starocci Sr. Erie, Pennsylvania/Cathedral Prep 9-0

184 8/6/7/6 Bernie Truax Gr. Oceanside, California/Rancho Buena Vista 8-2

197 1/1/1/1 Aaron Brooks 5th. Hagerstown, Maryland/North Hagerstown 10-0

285 1/1/1/1 Greg Kerkvliet Sr. Inner Grove Heights, Minnesota/Simley 9-0

^ WIN/Intermat/Flo/AWN


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!