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Video: Brands on the unusual media day

Iowa's wrestling media day was at Kroul Farms in Mount Vernon.

Iowa coach Tom Brands said the team's media day was held outdoors to have a traditional setting for the state.

"There's not a correlation of toughness," he said. "I think wrestlers pride themselves on being tough. That's not what we're trying to show. We're trying to do something different and include a part of Iowa that is synonymous with wrestling. I mean, Frank Gotch, he wouldn't even be sitting on these logs, he'd be splitting them. (Dan) Gable would be splitting these logs for his wood-burning sauna. So it's synonymous for those types of people, and that's where I came from. I came from a rural community, and all the baling hay and all that and wood smoke, it's a part of what everybody in Iowa is about really, or at least their roots."

The Hawkeyes, who went 14-1 overall and 9-0 in dual meets last season, are ranked No. 2 in the preseason polls heading into the 2019-20 season.

Iowa's home schedule features some of the best teams in the nation, including a three-dual stretch of Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State at the end of January.

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The Hawkeyes return six All-Americans from last season — Spencer Lee (125, national champion), Austin DeSanto (133, 5th), Pat Lugo (149, 8th), Kaleb Young (157, 5th), Alex Marinelli (165, 7th) and Jacob Warner (197, 7th). Seventy-four of Iowa's 76 points in the NCAA Championships return.

Iowa opens the season with a Nov. 17 dual meet against UT-Chattanooga at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.