Penn State-Iowa set up dual match via twitter

Just how resourceful is social media in today’s digital world? That answer became evident to Penn State wrestling coach Cael Sanderson after he addressed the following tweet to Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands early Thursday afternoon.

Brands quickly responded to the tweet.

Within minutes, the two coaches were indulging in a detailed twitter discussion about the idea of scheduling a dual meet between the two powerhouse programs.

In just over 24 hours after the initial tweet was sent from Sanderson’s account, the announcement was made official: Iowa will square off against Penn State on Dec. 21 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

And just to get an idea of how dominant these two programs have been over the past couple of years? The Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions have combined to win the last six NCAA wrestling national championships- Iowa from 2008-2010, and Penn State from 2011-2013.

The much-anticipated dual meet will be broadcasted live on BTN/BTN2GO.

Below is the remainder of the twitter interaction between Sanderson and Brands, which led the the scheduling of this meet.

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Paul on 9/6/2013 @ 11:42pm EDT Said:

I’m there