Folks use Twitter to share news, follow their favorite stars, and, now, it appears, set up a dual meet between two rival wrestling programs.
After a Twitter conversation Thursday between Penn State head coach Cael Sanderson and Iowa’s Tom Brands lamenting that the two Big Ten rivals were not scheduled to meet during the 2013-14 season, the Nittany Lions announced Friday two teams will now wrestle just before Christmas.
Penn State will head west on I-80 take on the University of Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern for a non-conference dual meet, according to PSU’s official wrestling website.
For fans who can’t travel to Iowa City, here’s another holiday present: the Big Ten Network will broadcast the Penn State-Iowa dual live.
When the schedules for the two teams revealed that they would not be facing each other for the first time since 1982 as part of the Big Ten’s rotating eight-dual scheme, the two coaches sprang into action on Twitter to see if that matter could be fixed.
After nearly two hours of back-and-forth on Twitter -- with Sanderson (@caelsanderson) in Belarus, according to Jim Carlson of PennLive.com, and Brands (@TomBrandsHAWK) in Iowa – the two agreed their squads should take to the mat in Iowa, as Brands Tweeted, “Sometime in December. Around the 'good will toward men' holiday.”
One day later, it was officially announced as a done deal.
The dual is being held in Iowa because, as Brands Tweeted yesterday, “Remember you owe us a 'two in a row.'”
The last Iowa-Penn State dual took place at Carver-Hawkeye in early February 2013, with the host Hawkeyes toppling Cael’s then-top ranked wrestlers, 22-16.
Penn State and Iowa have combined to win the last six NCAA team titles – the Nittany Lions winning the last three straight (2011-2013), Iowa grabbing three in a row from 2008 through 2010. Penn State has won a total of four NCAA team crowns (the first being in 1953), while Iowa has 23.
It’ll be a big weekend for wrestling fans: The night before the Iowa-Penn State dual on Dec. 21, the much-anticipated “Foxcatcher” movie – the story of wrestling brothers Mark and Dave Schultz starring Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo -- opens in theaters on Friday, Dec. 20.
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