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Hawkeyes Win Regional Title
Iowa tops Virginia Tech and Oregon State to advance to final four
Sophomore Tony Ramos won two matches at 133 on Sunday.
Sophomore Tony Ramos won two matches at 133 on Sunday.
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Feb. 12, 2012


AMES, Iowa -- The University of Iowa wrestling team advanced to the final four of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals with a pair of victories over No. 23 Virginia Tech and No. 16 Oregon State today inside Hilton Coliseum. Iowa topped the Hokies 31-3 in the semifinals before earning a 22-14 win over the Beavers in the regional finals.

Seniors Montell Marion and Vinnie Wagner each scored key victories for Iowa in the finals.

Marion upset fourth-ranked Mike Mangrum 6-4 in overtime to help Iowa build an 11-0 team lead. Marion, rated No. 6 at 141, trailed 4-3 entering the third period before scoring an escape to tie the frame. He then finished a high crotch to score a takedown with 23 seconds left in sudden victory to secure the 6-4 win.

Wagner clinched the regional title with a third period rally at 184. He trailed 5-3 early in the third frame before scoring a pair of takedowns and riding out the Hokie to finish a 7-6 decision and extend the team lead to 22-7.

Sophomores Tony Ramos and Ethen Lofthouse contributed to regional title with a pair of technical falls in the finals. Ramos, ranked No. 4 at 133, scored three nearfall points as time expired to notch a 24-8 win. Lofthouse used 2:51 of riding time and scored a takedown with one second left to finish his 174-pound bout with a 21-6 victory.

Junior Matt McDonough and redshirt freshman Mike Evans also scored victories for Iowa in regional final.

Iowa (13-3) advanced to the finals with a 31-3 win over No. 24 Virginia Tech. The Hawkeyes scored the first 19 takedowns of the match and finished with a 24-7 takedown advantage.

Ramos, Marion and Evans all defeated ranked opponents. Ramos scored a 3-2 win over top-ranked Devin Carter at 133 to avenge one of his two losses this season. He recorded a second period takedown and opened the third period with an escape to earn the win.

Evans and Marion each earned major decisions against their ranked opponents. The ninth-ranked Evans picked up a takedown and two nearfall points in the first period against seventh-ranked Pete Yates. He added a takedown in the final minute of the match and didn't allow a point to Yates en route to a 9-0 victory.

Marion scored three takedowns and picked up three nearfall points in his 13-2 win over No. 20 Zach Neibert. McDonough and Lofthouse also earned major decisions for Iowa. McDonough scored six takedowns in a 16-5 win and Lofthouse scored five takedowns in a 13-3 win.

The Hawkeyes will wrestle for the dual championships Sunday, Feb. 19 at a site to be determined. The NWCA will announce the final site Monday, Feb. 13.

NOTES: Attendance was 1,826... The Hawkeyes were 4-4 against ranked opponents.

FINALS
#5 Iowa Hawkeyes 22, #16 Oregon State 14
125 - Matt McDonough (Iowa) dec. Pat Rollins (OSU), 7-2; TS 3-0
133 - Tony Ramos (Iowa) tech. fall James Roberts (OSU), 24-8; TS 8-0
141 - Montell Marion (Iowa) dec. Mike Mangrum (OSU), 6-4 (OT); TS 11-0
149 -Scott Sakaguchi (OSU) dec. Michael Kelly (Iowa), 8-3; TS 11-3
157 -RJ Pena (OSU) major dec. Derek St. John (Iowa), 9-1: TS 11-7
165 - Mike Evans (Iowa) dec. Joe Latham (OSU), 4-0; TS 14-7
174 - Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa) tech. fall John Tuck (OSU), 21-6; TS 19-7
184 - Vinnie Wagner (Iowa) dec. Ty Vinson (OSU), 7-6; TS 22-7
197 -Taylor Meeks (OSU) major dec. Tomas Lira (Iowa), 14-3; TS 22-11
285 -Clayton Jack (OSU) dec. Bobby Telford (Iowa), 5-3; TS 22-14

SEMIFINALS
#5 Iowa Hawkeyes 31, #23 Virginia Tech 3
125 - Matt McDonough (Iowa) major dec. Erik Spjut (VT), 16-5; TS 4-0
133 - Tony Ramos (Iowa) dec. Devin Carter (VT), 3-2; TS 7-0
141 - Montell Marion (Iowa) major dec. Zach Neibert (VT), 13-2; 11-0
149 - Michael Kelly (Iowa) dec. Nick Brascetta (VT), 2-1; TS 14-0
157 - Nick Moore (Iowa) dec. Matt Stephens (VT), 5-2; TS 17-0
165 - Mike Evans (Iowa) major dec. Pet Yates (VT), 9-0; TS 21-0
174 - Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa) major dec. Chris Moon (VT), 13-3; TS 25-0
184 - Vinnie Wagner (Iowa) dec. John Dickson (VT), 9-2; TS 28-0
197 - Nick Vetterlein (VT) dec. Tomas Lira (Iowa), 11-7; TS 28-3
285 - Bobby Telford (Iowa) dec. Chris Penny (VT), 4-2; TS 31-3

REGIONAL RESULTS (regional seeds)
QUARTERFINALS
#4 Virginia Tech 20, #5 Northern Iowa 17
#3 Iowa State 36, #6 Wisconsin 3

SEMIFINALS
#1 IOWA 31, #4 Virginia Tech 3
#2 Oregon State 27, #3 Iowa State 12

FINALS
#1 IOWA 22, #2 Oregon State 14

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