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Penn State Wrestling Dual Versus Iowa Postponed

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Attempting to compete college sporting events during a global pandemic remains a challenging endeavor.

Nittany Lions celebrate the 2016 National Championship, the first in their current streak of 4 in a row.
Jp Pearson

According to both University of Iowa Athletics and Penn State Athletics, the dual meet scheduled for Friday, February 12 between the two powerhouse wrestling programs has been postponed.

Iowa statement:

At the direction of the University of Iowa medical team, the Iowa Athletics Department announced Monday that the Iowa Wrestling program is pausing all team related in-person activities in response to positive COVID-19 test results within the program. Iowa will continue to follow Big Ten Conference medical protocols and the medical team will make a determination on return to activity.

Iowa’s dual at Penn State scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12, has been postponed out of an abundance of caution surrounding the health and safety of the participants. The institutions will work with the Conference to identify rescheduling options.

Penn State Statement:

Penn State’s wrestling match against Iowa scheduled for Friday has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns within Iowa’s program. The institutions will work with the Big Ten Conference to identify rescheduling options.

Prior to today, Iowa had reported COVID-related absences for 165-pounder Alex Marinelli, Head Coach Tom Brands, and 157-pounder Kaleb Young.

Penn State has now postponed four dual meets and has successfully competed three. The current remaining schedule, pending...pretty much everything, really:

  • Friday, February 19, time TBA, @ Ohio State
  • Monday, February 22, 6pm, home versus Maryland
  • Saturday, March 6, Big Ten Championships
  • Thursday, March 18, NCAA Championships