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No. 4 Iowa travels to No. 18 Michigan

[ 0 ] January 17, 2013 |

Iowa is not in the habit of losing duals.

The loss Sunday at Oklahoma State was just the fifth loss in the past five years for the Hawkeyes.

“We don’t dwell on it either way,” Iowa coach Tom Brands said. “We come back to Iowa and are getting ready for our Michigan trip. We know there’s some battles ahead.

“We don’t have time to look in the rear view mirror, except from a learning point of view.”

No. 4 Iowa (12-1, 2-0) travels to No. 18 Michigan (6-3, 0-2) Friday and to Michigan State (4-6, 0-3) on Sunday.

Nick Moore said the Hawkeyes don’t want a repeat of last year, when they lost a pair of duals on a Big Ten road trip, falling to Ohio State 21-9 and to Penn State 22-12.

“Last year we went on a road trip, we weren’t ready and it showed,” Moore said. “We got out butts beat.”

The opponents this weekend aren’t as dangerous, perhaps, but Brands isn’t taking any chances.

“Going on the road makes no difference to me,” Brands said. “When we’re home, in great wrestling environment, relish that, celebrate that.”

Michigan has had some key victories this season, beating No. 10 Oregon State 21-18 but is coming off losses to No. 17 Nebraska (20-19) and No. 22 Wisconsin (19-16).

“They have individuals that have done well,” Brands said. “They are up and down. We’ve got to be ready to go individually.”

The Wolverines have six ranked wrestlers. No. 11 Eric Grajales at 149 and No. 13 Taylor Massa at 165 are rated higher than their Hawkeye counterparts — No. 17 Michael Kelly and No. 19 Nick Moore.

Brands is eager to see how the Hawkeyes respond. After this weekend, the next two duals are against No. 1 Penn State and at No. 3 Minnesota.

“This is a big test to find out a lot about this team,” Brands said. “We did find out something about this team. Want to find out something about this team that lends itself to flexing its muscle, maybe being more bulletproof than what we showed.”

IOWA (12-1, 2-0) AT MICHIGAN (6-3, 0-2)

Time, place: 2 p.m. Friday at Cliff Keen Arena, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Radio: KXIC 800-AM.

IOWA at MICHIGAN STATE (4-6, 0-3)

Time, place: 1 p.m. Sunday at Jenison Field House, East Lansing, Mich.

Radio: KXIC 800-AM.

Category: Wrestling

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