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PSU’s showdown against Iowa postponed due to COVID

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The showdown between No. 1 Iowa and No. 3 Penn State scheduled for Friday has been postponed because of COVID issues within the Iowa program, Penn State announced Monday night.

The news was not unexpected after Iowa coach Tom Brands tested positive last week. The Iowa program has paused team activities, and it’s unclear how many positive tests there have been in the program.

“We are appreciative of the Iowa medical staff and respect the decision to pause activities,” Brands said in a university statement, per “We will continue to follow Big Ten protocols and look forward to a return to training and competition.”

According to PSU’s release: “The institutions will work with the Big Ten Conference to identify rescheduling options.”

Penn State already has had to pause team activities once and had its season opener postponed twice. The Nittany Lions have wrestled three matches so far, beating Indiana and Northwestern in a tri-meet, then winning at Wisconsin last Tuesday.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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