‘I Am Iowa’s Daddy:’ Bo Nickal Destroys Iowa Wrestling Fans On Twitter

When he isn’t busy making a name for himself in the MMA, former Penn State wrestler Bo Nickal isn’t afraid to get in the mix on Twitter.

The three-time NCAA champion proved that Wednesday when an Iowa fan decided to call him out. Nickal fired off a tweet in which he shouted out Penn State’s storied wrestling program when the Hawkeye fan replied and told him to “remember your daddy.”

From there, well…let’s just say the Nittany Lion didn’t mince any words.

It’s hard to argue with the facts here. Nickal never lost a single bout to the Hawkeyes during his Penn State career, including a dominant 26-11 team victory at the famed Carver-Hawkeye Arena back in January 2017. Then a redshirt sophomore, Nickal dominated No. 5 Sammy Brooks and pinned him just 38 seconds into the match. Just a few weeks later at the NCAA Championships, the Nittany Lion pinned Brooks in just 1:01 in the 184-pound semifinals.

The Texas native pinned Iowa’s Mitch Bowman in just 50 seconds a year later, much to the delight of a packed Bryce Jordan Center.

This isn’t the first time Penn State and Iowa fans had a discussion on Twitter when it comes to wrestling. After the Hawkeyes locked up their first NCAA Championship since 2010 this past March, fans were still frustrated by Cael Sanderson’s “well-coached” group. The Nittany Lions still managed to crown four individual champions, all of whom are still on the team, while Iowa crowned just one in 125-pounder Spencer Lee.

Although Nickal won’t be able to face off against an Iowa team again, he’ll get to root on some of his former teammates against their Big Ten rival later this year. The Nittany Lions will travel to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes at 9 p.m. on Friday, January 28.

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About the Author

Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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