Hawkeyes Sweep Spartans, 41-0
Jan. 4, 2014
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa wrestling team swept 10 matches from Michigan State on Saturday night to defeat the Spartans, 41-0, on Mediacom Mat inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa recorded 43 takedowns, allowed just two, and scored bonus points in six matches to improve to 8-1 overall, 2-0 in the Big Ten.
The Hawkeyes opened with offense early, scoring with bonus points at 125, 133, 141, and 157 to build a 27-0 led before intermission.
Thomas Gilman used nine takedowns and 3:24 of riding time to earn his third major decision of the season at 125.
"Gilman wanted to get the first takedown and ride before he opened up his eyes and realized he's hitting right-handed stuff, left-handed stuff, no-handed stuff," said UI head coach Tom Brands. "That' s the kind of thing you can figure out when you let it go."
Derek St. John extended his win streak to 26 matches with a 22-7 technical fall at 157. St. John's 10th takedown terminated the match at 6:37 and secured his 10th bonus-point victory of the season.
Nick Moore and Alex Meyer added bonus points after the break. Moore had built an 11-1 lead before recording his third fall of the season at 165, and Meyer scored a technical fall, 21-6, at 174 in his Carver-Hawkeye Arena debut.
Grothus won for the second time in as many nights at 149. He gave up an early takedown, but used a pair of escapes and a second period ride-out to earn a riding time point and a 3-2 victory.
The Hawkeyes went 3-0 over the final three weights without scoring a takedown.
Lofthouse used one escape, two points for stalling, and 1:52 of riding time to win, 4-2, over No. 20 John Rizqallah at 184. Burak scored a reversal in the second and added 3:36 of riding time to win, 3-0, at 197, and Telford used an escape and 1:54 of riding time to win, 2-0, at 285.
"Eighty-four and heavyweight were two big matches," said Brands. "They don't have to be that close. Eighty-four dug himself out of a hole, but we can hand-fight harder at `84 and `97 to create some openings. We could also work misdirection, especially at heavyweight. We have a pretty quick athlete at heavyweight."
Iowa returns to the mat Friday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. (CT) when No. 4 Oklahoma State visits Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for youth, and free for UI students and youth five-years old and younger.
"We have got to get ready for Oklahoma State," added Brands, "and we have to get better in all positions, no doubt."
Notes: Attendance was 6,661... Ramos (30-0) and St. John (29-0) remain undefeated inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena... Iowa shutout its opponent for the fourth time this year.
#3 IOWA 41, Michigan State 0