#2 Iowa vs. #18 Wisconsin Preview

Tony Cacioppi (top) and Trent Hilger in the 2022 doubles (photo courtesy of Mark Lundy; Lutelens)

The Big Ten dual schedule is in full swing, and that means plenty of Friday and Sunday duals. Last night, No. 2 Iowa ran past No. 10 Nebraska, while No. 18 Wisconsin cruised past Purdue. Recovery time will be limited for both squads as they meet in Madison on Sunday. Below is a weight-by-weight preview of the match.

125: No. 1 Spencer Lee (Iowa) vs. No. 6 Eric Barnett (Wisconsin)

The competition recently ticked up for the three-time NCAA champion, but the results were largely the same. Lee surrendered a pair of takedowns and eight back points against No. 10 Matt Ramos (Purdue) but came back for a fall. He then faced off against No. 4 Michael D’Agostino (Northwestern) and finished with another first period fall. On the season, Lee is undefeated in nine matches with six falls and all of his wins with bonus points.

Burnett bounced back from a season-opening blowout loss against Kaisen Terukina (Iowa State). After the loss, he went on a 12-match winning streak and won the Midlands tournament. The stretch included an impressive win over No. 7 Brandon Courtney (Arizona State). However, his momentum stalled last weekend against No. 23 Jack Medley (Michigan) where he dropped a 12-6 decision. Burnett lost last night to No. 10 Matt Ramos (Purdue), as well.

Lee will always have questions about how he can hold up in long matches against top competition. Unfortunately for his opponents, he’s still a tremendous scorer, and has no problem putting people away early. Somewhat surprisingly, Barnett and Lee had never faced off in college before. If Barnett can get it down early, he’ll have a chance to make some late noise, but that’s a big if.


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