First time

Patrick Kennedy knows Iowa needs to win here as Penn State is expected to field three defending NCAA champions at 174, 184 and 197 pounds. Both men take to the mat with different types of knee protection, with Facundo’s right leg taped and Kennedy’s right knee in a stop.

Two minutes went by without a goal, but Facundo was still firing. First period ends 0-0.

Second time

Kennedy elected to start the second period and left immediately. The Hawkeyes are leading 1-0. One minute left. A lot of effort from both men here, but the fighters still can not change. Ten seconds to go. Kennedy leads 1-0 heading into the second.

The third time

Facundo gets a quick escape to start the third and tie the score. With everything tied at 1-1, we’re back to neutral. One minute left. Let’s see what these guys can do as time winds down. I’m not against overtime though, we’ll see. Thirty seconds left. Driving time is not a factor. Ten seconds. We go to overtime!

Sudden victory

Lots of pushing and shoving, but Facundo takes the first shot. nothing. Ninety seconds to go. It’s a shot from Kennedy and he’s close. Instability. Good protection from Facundo. The strength is obvious. These two guys know what’s online. One minute left. Kennedy goes in for another shot, but Facundo defends. Kennedy catches Facundo in a bad position but he holds on. Ten seconds. Let’s go to the rides.

The first tie-breaker

Kennedy escaped Facundo by four seconds. Wow. It’s the start that’s needed with these rides. Facundo is neutral. It needs to be downloaded to defeat it. Facundo lands a shot, but Kennedy defends. Four seconds. This goes to the hawk. That’s a big win for Iowa, but you have to respect the faith and passion in Facundo. That was the perfect match. We are at about 174 pounds.

Team score: Iowa 14, Penn State 9

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