Iowa puts dual-meet streak on the line

January, 14, 2011

UConn women's basketball saw its winning streak end at 90 in December. But another college dynasty still has a streak going: Iowa wrestling.

The Hawkeyes' streak of 69 consecutive dual-meet victories will be on the line Sunday against the program's archrival in collegiate success: Oklahoma State. The No. 6-ranked Cowboys are host to No. 10 Iowa (ESPNU, 5:30 p.m. ET) at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.

Oklahoma State has 34 NCAA team titles, while Iowa has 23, including the last three years in a row.

The Hawkeyes are chasing the Cowboys' dual-meet record; Oklahoma State won 76 consecutive duals from 1937-51. And the Cowboys program also has a pair of 69-match winning streaks to tie Iowa in second place, those coming from 1921-32 and 1996-99.

Iowa's current streak began three years ago -- Jan. 12, 2008 -- right after the Hawkeyes' last loss to Oklahoma State. The Cowboys lead the series 25-18-1.

Oklahoma State lost twice -- to Virginia Tech and Missouri -- in the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals last weekend in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Hawkeyes didn't compete in that event. Iowa is 8-0 this season in dual meets, but finished fourth in the Midlands Championships in late December.

Mechelle Voepel joined in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.



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