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When the No. 1-ranked Iowa wrestling team hosts Northwestern in a 7 p.m. dual Friday, there shouldn't be much team-score drama.

But two showcase matchups are expected to take place, along with a chance for Hawkeye revenge at another weight.

Hawkeye coach Tom Brands pretty much bullet-pointed the highlights in one answer earlier this week.

"We'll see a national champion at 149. We'll see a guy that we owe at 165," Brands said. "We'll see at heavyweight, two titans wrestling."

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The matchup at 149 pounds, in particular, should be worth the price of admission. Iowa redshirt freshman Brandon Sorensen has risen to a No. 4 national ranking after beginning the year with a Luther Open loss to his teammate, Brody Grothus.

But with Grothus slowed by an ankle injury, Sorensen has taken hold of the spot at 149 and defeated two top-five wrestlers, including then-No. 2 Josh Kindig of Oklahoma State. Friday, he'll get a shot at defending national champion Jason Tsirtsis of Northwestern.

Top-ranked Tsirtsis is 24-0 this season and has won 40 straight matches. He beat Grothus in the Iowa dual last year, 13-3. He'll meet fast-paced Sorensen (23-2) for the first time.

"I've got our guy, for sure," said Brent Metcalf, a former two-time national champion for Iowa at 149 and a training partner of Sorensen's as a member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. "(Tsirtsis) is a very stingy wrestler, a smart wrestler. But he's explosive as well. He can score on you. It's going to take a pace where you get to him, you get to him, then you put him down."

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The Iowa wrestling coach's five-minute press conference after a 25-12 team win.

Those attending or watching on BTN Plus need to stay tuned for the heavyweight bout, where one of Iowa's three undefeated wrestlers — 18-0 and top-ranked Bobby Telford — gets a rematch with former No. 1 Mike McMullan. Both wrestlers are seniors after being the top two heavyweights in the country in their class out of high school.

Telford and fifth-ranked McMullan (17-2) have split six career collegiate meetings, with Telford earning a 4-2 decision with a late takedown at the Midlands Championships Dec. 30 in Evanston, Ill.

Brands referenced a score to settle at 165. Nick Moore is expected to return to the lineup for Iowa against No. 6 Pierce Harger. Moore, ranked 12th, had won all three career meetings vs. Harger until falling 8-5 at Midlands.

A reason hasn't been given why Moore hasn't wrestled since Jan. 4, but Brands said Tuesday of Moore, "We've seen progress. We've seen healing. I feel good. If he feels good, I feel good."

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