Tough road for Hawk wrestlers


What to know:

A year removed from a runner-up finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships, the Iowa wrestling team will again be a force in the Big Ten.

Whom to know: 

The defending co-champions of the Big Ten return an NCAA finalist in 133-pounder Cory Clark along with three other All-Americans — Thomas Gilman (125), Brandon Sorensen (149), and Nathan Burak (197).

Out of them, Sorensen might have had the most impressive year. The redshirt freshman finished fourth in the NCAA Tournament after bursting on the scene out of almost nowhere in midseason. 

Clark will try to rebound after a tough loss to Oklahoma’s Cory Brewer in the finals.

Looking forward:

As a team Iowa will still be premier program, but they have some positional questions to answer with the departure of three of their mid-weight wrestlers. 

However, the Hawkeyes will have their work cut out for them. Ohio State, which won last year’s national title, could certainly win the title again, though Cael Sanderson and Penn State might have something to say about that.

Top to bottom, the Big Ten is easily the best wrestling conference in the country, and while Iowa will fight, it’ll be hard to get to the top.

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